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Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:07:58 GMT
At least 26 people, including soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula. 
EU extends sanctions against Russia  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:27:06 GMT
Foreign ministers from the EU agree in Brussels to extend existing sanctions against Russia until September but not to impose any new sanctions. 
Balloonists surpass distance record  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:46:07 GMT
Two pilots have surpassed the world distance record for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean. 
Philippine mourning for slain police  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:42:06 GMT
The Philippines holds a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, as police sought terror suspects. 
Man with fake gun disrupts Dutch TV  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:56:12 GMT
A man wielding a fake gun is arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled. 
Saudi king reshuffles cabinet  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:55:09 GMT
King Salman of Saudi Arabia announces a major cabinet reshuffle, a week after he acceded to the throne. 
Greece to seek 'common ground'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:22:35 GMT
European Parliament President Martin Schulz says Greece will seek "common ground" with its European partners after meeting Alexis Tsipras. 
US Congress passes Keystone approval  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:46:48 GMT
The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto. 
Russian planes 'disrupted UK aviation'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:18:48 GMT
Russian military planes flew near UK airspace, causing "disruption to civil aviation" and prompting RAF jets to "escort" them, the Foreign Office says. 
German ranchers killed in Paraguay  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:37:55 GMT
A German couple who had been ranching in Paraguay for 30 years are shot dead, allegedly by left-wing guerrillas. 
Jordan seeks proof pilot is alive  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:37:15 GMT
Jordan seeks proof a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State group is still alive, as efforts to negotiate a prisoner swap continue. 
Portugal gives Jews 'return rights'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:41:17 GMT
The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago. 
VIDEO: Art among the rubble in Shanghai  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:51:34 GMT
Demolition in China is often a sensitive, political subject, touching on the relative powerlessness of local residents in the face of omnipotent local officials. 
VIDEO: Museum's famous dinosaur on the move  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:42 GMT
The Natural History Museum's long-time entrance hall exhibit of a Diplodocus dinosaur will be replaced by a giant blue whale skeleton. 
VIDEO: NFL star refuses to play ball with media  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:59:44 GMT
A day after repeating one line 29 times in a news conference, Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch has been at it again, giving a variation of the same answer 14 times.