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Ebola victim heads to US hospital  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:36:48 GMT
A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa. 
Drug-resistant malaria 'widespread'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:28:46 GMT
Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study. 
Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:55:52 GMT
Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold. 
Cook relieved by England victory  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:39:16 GMT
Alastair Cook says the win over India in the third Test has eased the pressure on him to resign as England captain. 
VIDEO: Last of the scissor makers  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:33:30 GMT
Eric Stones has been making scissors by hand for 58 years. 
How do you get your face on the dollar?  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:23:51 GMT
The US is debating putting a woman's face on the US dollar. How does it happen? 
Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:31:37 GMT
South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway. 
Military dominates Thai legislature  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:58:35 GMT
Thailand's junta appoints an interim legislature of 200 people that will pick the prime minister, with many from the military or police. 
Russia bans Polish fruit and veg  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:41 GMT
Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite. 
Argentina blames US for debt default  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent". 
Filipinos urged to leave Libya  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:11:48 GMT
A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped. 
Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:14:02 GMT
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92. 
Five officers face Jayden inquiry  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:02:58 GMT
Five police officers are being investigated by the force's watchdog, over the inquiry into the murder of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson. 
Immigration inspector John Vine quits  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:59:14 GMT
The independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, says he is resigning from his post. 
PM in '£2m' pledge after pier fire  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:44:09 GMT
Eastbourne is to get a boost of up to £2m following a fire that left the former arcade on the town's pier a charred shell, Downing Street has said.