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World News From BBC

Lenovo victim of cyber-attack  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:17:54 GMT
Chinese computer maker Lenovo becomes the victim of a cyber-attack following a warning by the US government about software called Superfish. 
Samsung hit by latest smart TV issue  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:32:46 GMT
Many of the firm's smart TVs were unable to connect to servers for two days after a problem emerged as the firm carried out a security update. 
Hockney art inspired by fly-tipping  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:46:51 GMT
David Hockney releases artwork showing the landscape that inspired him after it was blighted by fly-tipping. 
Madonna falls off stage at Brits  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:29:35 GMT
US pop star Madonna fell off the stage during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards on a night that saw Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each win two prizes. 
Killer frog disease hits Madagascar  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:21:22 GMT
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report. 
'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:49:05 GMT
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report. 
'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:12:20 GMT
Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say campaigners. 
India urges calm on deadly swine flu  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:47:00 GMT
The Indian health minister urges the public not to panic as the number of deaths so far this year from swine flu passes 900 from 16,000 cases. 
Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool (agg 1-1, pens 5-4)  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:09:14 GMT
Liverpool are knocked out of the Europa League on penalties by Besiktas in Turkey after their last-32 tie ended 1-1 on aggregate. 
Crowd trouble halts Feyenoord game  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:39:37 GMT
Feyenoord's Europa League game against visitors Roma is suspended after crowd trouble from some home fans. 
Campaignspotting: BBC's 2016 blog  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:50:44 GMT
It may be almost a year before voting begins, but the race for the US presidency is already heating up. 
The return of a once-glorious train station  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:01:14 GMT
Abandoned since 1988, Michigan Central Station is Motor City's biggest eyesore, but plans to install new windows are giving people hope that it may one day return to greatness. 
Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:41 GMT
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds. 
Balloons mistaken for IS propaganda  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:31:57 GMT
Police in Sweden ask for 21st birthday balloons to be taken down after they are mistaken for Islamic State propaganda. 
Deadly bombs at Nigeria bus stations  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:58:32 GMT
Suicide bomb attacks kill at least 32 people in northern Nigeria, as the wave of violence from Boko Haram continues.