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MH17 victims begin long journey home  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:27:15 GMT
The first planes leave Ukraine carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning. 
UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:34 GMT
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks. 
Costa Concordia begins final journey  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:02:44 GMT
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged. 
Rival to challenge Indonesia result  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:20:03 GMT
The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says. 
Quarantine over China plague death  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:47:27 GMT
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say. 
Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:36:33 GMT
A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say. 
Airlines suspend flights into Israel  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:07:01 GMT
US and European airlines suspend flights into Israel's Ben Gurion airport after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket landed one mile away. 
France jails pro-Palestinian rioters  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:50:04 GMT
A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence. 
US court allows Arizona execution  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:39:03 GMT
The US Supreme Court clears the way for Arizona to execute a murderer who had sought information about the lethal drugs to be used to kill him. 
China detains five over meat scandal  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:11 GMT
China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC. 
Microsoft profit falls on Nokia loss  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:59 GMT
Technology giant Microsoft reports a 7% fall in profits to $4.6bn in the second quarter, hit by a $692m loss at its newly-acquired Nokia handset division. 
Booker longlist set to be revealed  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:28:27 GMT
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled, with titles from around the world eligible for contention for the first time in its history. 
Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park. 
VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid. 
VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT
Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.