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BMJ 'right' in statins claims row  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:25:31 GMT
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it published on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins. 
HIV drugs 'boost SA life expectancy'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:09:18 GMT
Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says. 
Lampard set for Man City loan move  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:45:04 GMT
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on a loan deal from New York City FC. 
Anderson and Jadeja found not guilty  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:55:51 GMT
The International Cricket Council finds James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty of breaching its code of conduct. 
America's 'botched' executions  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:52:41 GMT
A string of botched lethal injections has led the US president to order an inquiry into how the death penalty is applied - but botching, it turns out, is nothing new. 
The 'Flying Sikh' who won India's first Commonwealth gold  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:21:49 GMT
When Milkha Singh took to the track at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff few had heard of him - but he made history. 
Somali MP shot dead outside mosque  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27:50 GMT
A Somali MP is assassinated outside a mosque in Somalia's capital by Islamist militants - the fifth parliamentarian to be killed this year. 
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:29:05 GMT
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others. 
Russia bans Polish fruit and veg  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:41 GMT
Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite. 
Mexico migrants' train deal reached  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:41 GMT
The US, Mexico and Guatemala will establish more checkpoints along the route of a freight train to prevent migrants from boarding it, Guatemala says. 
Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:44:33 GMT
The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies. 
US Ebola victims to be evacuated  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:04 GMT
Efforts are under way to evacuate two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, their organisation says. 
Tory MP says Israel tactics 'brutal'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:55:41 GMT
An ex-defence minister condemns Israel's Gaza offensive after a ceasefire fails, as the foreign secretary says both sides must "act proportionately". 
UK probes Israeli soldier nationality  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:57:09 GMT
The UK Foreign Office is "looking into" reports an Israeli soldier believed captured in Gaza has dual UK-Israeli nationality. 
Foreign drivers' fines cost 'millions'  Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:43:16 GMT
Foreign drivers cost councils millions of pounds every year in unpaid parking fines, the Local Government Association says.