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Panama opens biodiversity museum  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:34:43 GMT
Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems. 
Children hit by tooth decay at three  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:28:02 GMT
More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows. 
Antibiotic 'link to child obesity'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:02:29 GMT
A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese. 
Manchester City 1-1 Roma  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:19:25 GMT
Manchester City are still without a win in Champions League Group E after Francesco Totti's goal gives Roma a 1-1 draw. 
Phelps 'arrested for drink driving'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:09:54 GMT
US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence, police in Baltimore say. 
Almaz's story  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:03:29 GMT
When a young Ethiopian woman went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid her new employers treated her like a slave. 
Why 'boots on the ground'?  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:01:03 GMT
The expression "boots on the ground" may not have been used until about 1980. 
Nigeria and Senegal 'contain' Ebola  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:38:19 GMT
Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have been contained, US health authorities say, with no new cases there since August. 
Obama and Modi call for 'new agenda'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:45:22 GMT
Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama call for a "new agenda" between their countries during Mr Modi's two-day visit to the US. 
Catalans rally for independence vote  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:26 GMT
Thousands of pro-independence campaigners take to the streets of Barcelona after the Catalan government says it remains "determined" to hold the vote. 
Argentina defies US over debt payment  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:59 GMT
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings. 
Iran 'postpones' woman's execution  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:37 GMT
Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. 
Man charged over Oklahoma beheading  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:31:07 GMT
An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a female colleague after being fired from his job has been charged with first-degree murder. 
Body find sparks Alice murder probe  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:09:34 GMT
The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated as a murder inquiry after a "significantly concealed" body is found. 
Cameron vow to protect NHS spending  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:19:37 GMT
David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.