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Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:46 GMT
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland. 
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. 
Glaxo profits fall hits shares  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:03 GMT
GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China. 
Jamieson and Wiggins eye early golds  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:50:32 GMT
Scotland's Michael Jamieson and England's Sir Bradley Wiggins chase gold medals on day one of the Commonwealth Games. 
Murray set to keep Mauresmo as coach  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:58:17 GMT
Andy Murray is set to continue working with Amelie Mauresmo after his early Wimbledon exit as she joins his training camp in Miami. 
The deaths uniting women across the world  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT
After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically. 
VIDEO: When Britain ruled India  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:28:16 GMT
Anne Wright grew up during the dying days of British rule in India 
Two deadly blasts hit Nigerian city  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:03 GMT
Two blasts targeting an opposition leader and an Islamic cleric have hit the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least 40 people, police say. 
India MPs 'force-fed' Muslim worker  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:48 GMT
Both houses of India's parliament are adjourned in uproar after reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan. 
Bulgarian prime minister resigns  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:08 GMT
The embattled Socialist prime minister of Bulgaria resigns after only a year in office to allow for an early election on 5 October. 
Colombian army kills ELN rebels  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:11:03 GMT
The Colombian armed forces kill eight rebels from the left-wing National Liberation Army in an operation in eastern Arauca province. 
Protests target Israel football club  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:56 GMT
Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille. 
Detroit porch shooting trial opens  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:58 GMT
A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial. 
Warning over NHS trust finances  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:04 GMT
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health. 
'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:03 GMT
A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.