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World News From BBC

Nepal quake aid effort stepped up  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:13:18 GMT
International efforts to bring aid to Nepal are stepped up as the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake reaches 3,726. 
Indonesia condemned over executions  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:08:55 GMT
France and Australia have condemned the death penalty "in all circumstances", as executions for three of their nationals loom in Indonesia. 
Germany 'failed to warn' before MH17  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:23:43 GMT
Germany was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine before flight MH17 was shot down, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say. 
Chile town covered by volcanic ash  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:10 GMT
Residents of the Chilean town of Ensenada are trying to save their livestock and their homes after tonnes of ash from the Calbuco volcano rained down. 
EU-Ukraine summit as shelling worsens  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:55:59 GMT
The EU holds talks in Kiev amid concern about the ailing Ukrainian economy, as observers report intense shelling in the country's east. 
Pepsi to ditch artificial sweetener  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:59:55 GMT
A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US following consumer concerns about its safety. 
Israel 'kills militants' in Golan  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:48:50 GMT
An Israeli air strike has killed four militants armed with a bomb along the Israeli-Syrian frontier in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military says. 
Silk Road 'link' to six drug deaths  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:17:34 GMT
Six people who died from overdoses bought their drugs via the Silk Road marketplace, claims the US government. 
Burundi police tear-gas protesters  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:21:35 GMT
Police in Burundi fire tear gas at activists protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in office. 
No life-saving surgery 'for billions'  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:33:40 GMT
Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet. 
SBS presenter fired for Anzac tweets  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:39:58 GMT
SBS sports presenter Scott McIntyre is sacked for "disrespectful" tweets about Anzac Day, the Australian broadcaster says. 
Back pain link to chimpanzee spine  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:29:07 GMT
People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor. 
VIDEO: Video shows moment of Everest avalanche  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:54:03 GMT
Footage has emerged from climbers on Mount Everest, showing the moment an avalanche hurtled towards them when Saturday's earthquake struck in Nepal. 
VIDEO: Moment aftershock hits - caught on camera  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:41:04 GMT
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt is in the middle of filming in Kathmandu when an aftershock hits. 
VIDEO: CCTV captures violent Nepal earthquake  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:59:15 GMT
New footage has emerged of the moment the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, after several Chinese photographers arrived home on Sunday.