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Facebook complies with Turkey block  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:42:24 GMT
Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. 
China blocks virtual network use  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:15:34 GMT
China has blocked several popular services that let citizens skirt state censorship systems and reach banned sites. 
Greek singer Demis Roussos dies  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:28:53 GMT
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC. 
Redmayne win raises Oscars chances  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:31:15 GMT
Eddie Redmayne wins best actor at the Screen Actor's Guild awards while Birdman and Downton Abbey win ensemble awards. 
Metal explosions 'driven by charge'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:38 GMT
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other. 
Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:59 GMT
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. 
WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:01:32 GMT
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 
Dementia 'link' to common drugs  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:41:27 GMT
A study links commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia. 
I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:58:23 GMT
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances. 
Arsenal draw Middlesbrough in FA Cup  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:52:31 GMT
Holders Arsenal are drawn against Championship side Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup. 
The camera that captured readers' lives  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:36:10 GMT
Readers from around the world share their photographs, old and new, taken with Brownie cameras. 
Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:30:43 GMT
A 1916 silent movie featuring Sherlock Holmes - long presumed lost - is due to have its premiere in Paris. It stars a man who changed the way we see Conan Doyle's famous sleuth forever. 
UK minister makes Taiwan watch gaffe  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:57:35 GMT
A UK government minister apologies after giving a watch to the mayor of Taipei, not realising it was a taboo act in Chinese culture. 
Tax break for Italy dog adoptions  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:25:51 GMT
A Sicilian town is offering reductions in rubbish-disposal fees if people give a dog a home. 
Africa urged to act over Boko Haram  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:55:59 GMT
African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief says.