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Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:12:20 GMT
Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may help people recover from strokes. 
Liberian Ebola patients 'found'  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:33:49 GMT
Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre was attacked have been found, a minister tells the BBC. 
Barcelona transfer ban stays in place  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:47:29 GMT
Barcelona will not be able to sign players until January 2016 after Fifa reject the club's appeal against a transfer ban. 
Rodriguez scores in Madrid derby  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:13:14 GMT
New signing James Rodriguez scores his first goal for Real Madrid in a 1-1 Spanish Super Cup draw with Atletico Madrid. 
10 theories on how uptalk originated  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:13:07 GMT
The Magazine's recent piece on uptalk - the habit of making statements sound like questions - prompted lots of emails. 
Could the cravat make a comeback?  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:41:38 GMT
Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion. 
Exiled SA writer's remains go home  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:31:09 GMT
The remains of renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in the US in 1965, are returned to South Africa for reburial. 
Pakistan cleric blocks parliament  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:06:29 GMT
Pakistan's anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri calls on followers to block access to the parliament building, as Islamabad protests continue. 
Tornado fighters collide in Italy  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:58 GMT
Two Italian military fighter jets collide and crash during a training exercise near Ascoli and the four people on board are reported missing. 
Venezuela arrests 13 for smuggling  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:39:51 GMT
Venezuela says it has made 13 arrests and seized tonnes of food since launching a major anti-smuggling operation along its border with Colombia. 
UN launches northern Iraq aid push  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:09:43 GMT
The UN launches an operation to reach more than 500,000 people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq is launched by the UN refugee agency UNHCR. 
NY weighs charges in chokehold death  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:37:05 GMT
A New York grand jury weighs criminal charges against a police officer in the death of a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold. 
PM condemns journalist 'beheading'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:35:19 GMT
The apparent beheading of a US journalist by militants Islamic State was "shocking and depraved", UK Prime Minister David Cameron says. 
Bank of England split over rate rise  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:19:43 GMT
Two members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates in August, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so. 
Neglect 'left girl unable to walk'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:37:34 GMT
A three-year old could not walk because agencies underestimated the impact of neglect by her parents who were later jailed, a report says.