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Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. 
Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:14:33 GMT
Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco. 
Murray beats Tsonga, into last eight  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:24:21 GMT
Britain's Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 to book a US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic. 
Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:40:17 GMT
George Orwell was a literary mediocrity and his views on the importance of plain writing are plain wrong, argues writer Will Self. 
Why I stopped wearing the headscarf  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:36:59 GMT
A woman's headscarf is a garment which is heavy in symbolism in Islamic countries but recently I decided to take mine off. I am still Muslim - just not so visibly. 
Lesotho military action ruled out  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:15 GMT
Southern African leaders reject calls by Lesotho's exiled prime minister for the immediate deployment of troops to his country, an official tells the BBC. 
Woman has boy after swim to safety  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:21:19 GMT
An Indian woman who swam nearly a kilometre across a raging monsoon river to avoid a home birth delivers a baby boy in hospital. 
Nato plans rapid response force  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:51 GMT
Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says. 
Mexico probes mass fish death in lake  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:40:48 GMT
Tonnes of dead fish have been washed up on the shores of Cajititlan lake in the Mexican state of Jalisco amid a row over the cause of the mortality. 
Libya militias 'seize ministries'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:06:17 GMT
Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed. 
Obama renews minimum wage push  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:28:14 GMT
President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements. 
Arsenal agree £16m fee for Welbeck  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:59:20 GMT
Arsenal agree a £16m fee with Manchester United to sign England international striker Danny Welbeck. 
British Ebola patient 'pretty well'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:41:03 GMT
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well. 
Boris Island airport plan 'rejected'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:13:56 GMT
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands. 
Abuse researcher 'faced hostility'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:58:44 GMT
A Home Office researcher who wrote a report on sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham in 2002 tells BBC Panorama she faced 'hostility' from the council. 
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