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Israel warns of 'prolonged' Gaza war  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:25:08 GMT
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a "prolonged" military campaign in Gaza, amid one of the most intense nights of shelling in the conflict. 
US: Russia 'violated missile treaty'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:18 GMT
The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious". 
Migrant benefits to be tightened  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:41:40 GMT
Britain is to cut from six to three months the amount of time out-of-work EU migrants can claim benefits without realistic job prospects. 
UN blacklists N Korea arms ship firm  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:53:30 GMT
The UN blacklists the operator of a North Korean ship seized near the Panama Canal in July 2013 with undeclared Cuban weapons on board. 
China regulators in Microsoft visit  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:28:45 GMT
Microsoft confirms that officials from the Chinese regulatory body responsible for enforcing business laws have visited some of its offices. 
South Korea sees conscript suicides  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:51:36 GMT
Two South Korean conscripts have died in apparent suicides, the military says, weeks after another soldier shot dead five members of his unit. 
Russia plans $50bn Yukos appeal  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:12 GMT
Russia will appeal against a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages. 
Qatar 2022 'dismay' at workers' pay  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:11 GMT
Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "heavily dismayed" by claims that migrants who worked on their offices are still waiting to be paid. 
LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT
A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling. 
MH17 jet 'downed by shrapnel'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:47:42 GMT
Security officials in Ukraine say the Malaysia Airlines jet downed in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure caused by missile shrapnel. 
Bankers should 'swear ethics oath'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:57 GMT
An oath for bankers should be introduced to raise accountability and standards in banking, says a think tank. 
Coe 'will not run for BBC Trust job'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:51:54 GMT
Lord Coe indicates that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust. 
VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:06 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul. 
VIDEO: Children go out to celebrate Eid  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:25:29 GMT
Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid celebrations to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. 
VIDEO: Mine 'could threaten Barrier Reef'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:16:12 GMT
The Australian government has approved the development of what could potentially be the country's biggest coal mine.