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Afghans in frantic avalanche search  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:02:09 GMT
Afghan rescuers are searching for dozens of people believed to be trapped under snow after a series of avalanches that killed at least 187 people. 
Paris drone journalist to face court  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:35:32 GMT
An Al-Jazeera journalist is to appear in a French court accused of flying a drone illegally over Paris as mystery continues over night-time drone flights. 
China's loans to Latin America rise  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:48:10 GMT
Loans from China to Latin America rose by 71% to $22bn in 2014, new figures from the China-Latin America Finance Database suggest. 
Bahraini Shia sentenced to death  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:50:36 GMT
A court in Bahrain sentences three Shia Muslims to death for last year's bomb attack that killed three police and injured another 13, officials say. 
Boehner silent on shutdown vote  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:32:46 GMT
House Speaker John Boehner has refused to say if the House will vote on a Senate bill funding homeland security before a Friday deadline. 
Savile 'abused 63 people at hospital'  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:42 GMT
Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but the only formal complaint was ignored, a report finds. 
Man found with bomb-making equipment  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:29:44 GMT
A former Syrian doctor admits having a hoard of explosive ingredients and instructions on how to prepare bombs in Edinburgh. 
Algeria hostage deaths 'unlawful'  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:06:30 GMT
Seven British men who died in the 2013 Algerian hostage crisis were "unlawfully killed", the judge in an inquest into their deaths says. 
Man 'belly bounced' elderly woman  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:47:31 GMT
A Belfast man is convicted of assaulting an elderly neighbour by using his belly to "bounce" her away from his home. 
In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:37:26 GMT
Space photos go under the hammer 
Day in pictures: 25 February 2015  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:54:04 GMT
Images from around the world: 25 February 
Sony World Photography Awards: 2015 shortlist  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:33:28 GMT
Finalists in this year's Sony World Photo Awards 
Weighing Anchor: An artist at sea  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:32:01 GMT
An artists view of the Royal Navy 
Oscars 2015: The ceremony in pictures  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:47:57 GMT
Images of the ceremony and backstage 
Day in pictures: 24 February 2015  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:22:29 GMT
Images from around the world: 24 February