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IS accused of Syria mass atrocities  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:37:17 GMT
The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report. 
IMF's Lagarde 'under investigation'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:26:14 GMT
IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged. 
US girl, nine, kills gun instructor  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:54:31 GMT
A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona. 
Nigeria closes schools over Ebola  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:58:21 GMT
Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. 
Afghan candidate 'may boycott' audit  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:41:54 GMT
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdraws observers from an audit of votes, threatening to boycott it because of fraud concerns. 
China 'violated Taiwanese airspace'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:41:06 GMT
Two Chinese military aircraft violated Taiwan's airspace on Monday causing jets to scramble, officials say, but Beijing rejects the claim. 
RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:05:50 GMT
Royal Bank of Scotland is fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to ensure that it gave suitable mortgage advice to customers. 
Australia ups anti-terror efforts  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:11:28 GMT
New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria. 
Lockheed Martin in space junk deal  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:50:44 GMT
US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites. 
Concerns grow over Iceland volcano  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:47:08 GMT
Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say. 
Hormone 'protects premature babies'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:01:09 GMT
The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) could prevent brain injuries in very premature babies, a study suggests. 
Lessing's library donated to Zimbabwe  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:36:18 GMT
More than 3,000 books from author Doris Lessing's collection have been given to Zimbabwe after her death. 
VIDEO: India's iconic Ambassador car  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:53:34 GMT
Sanjoy Majumder reports on the passing of one of India's best known and trusted icons, the Ambassador. 
VIDEO: Kate Bush fans: 'Worth the wait'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:06:48 GMT
Delighted fans took to their feet at London's Hammersmith Apollo to applaud Kate Bush, as she closed her first concert in 35 years on Tuesday night. 
VIDEO: Cole and Cowell back to take on Strictly  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:18 GMT
The new series of the X Factor is back on television screens from Saturday. Colin Paterson looks at the new judging line-up and the future of the show