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Russian aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:23:51 GMT
Ukraine's President Poroshenko accuses Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission. 
IS militants 'biggest threat' to US  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:59:48 GMT
Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn. 
Gaza: Suspected informants executed  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:31 GMT
Hamas says 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed, as two Palestinians are killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza. 
Malaysia observes silence for MH17  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:56 GMT
Malaysians observe a moment of silence following the arrival of the bodies of 20 victims of Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine in July. 
Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:24:58 GMT
More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says. 
German policeman in 'cannibal' trial  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:41:43 GMT
A policeman goes on trial in Germany accused of murdering a businessman who allegedly shared a cannibalism fetish. 
Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:05:13 GMT
Heavy rain hampers rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 39 people, with 51 still missing. 
Tour buses collide near Egypt resort  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:29:21 GMT
Two tourist buses collide near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say. 
India's Kerala to ban alcohol sales  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:57:34 GMT
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem. 
Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:55:52 GMT
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market". 
Senegal defends Ebola border closure  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:36:35 GMT
Senegal defends the closure of its border with Guinea because of the deadly Ebola outbreak, after the WHO warned such measures are counter-productive. 
Four white lion cubs born in Germany  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:23:40 GMT
Four rare white lion cubs - three males and one female - are born at a circus on tour in eastern Germany. 
VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:19:17 GMT
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive 
VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:32 GMT
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling. 
VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:11:38 GMT
Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.