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Lebanese diva Sabah dies, aged 87  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:18:54 GMT
Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, popularly known as the "Diva of Music" in the Arab world, dies at the age of 87. 
Birdman set to soar at Spirit Awards  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:45:04 GMT
Showbusiness satire Birdman leads the flock at this year's Spirit Awards after being nominated for six prizes, including best film. 
Risk from extreme weather rises  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:42:30 GMT
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities. 
UK team's data bonanza from comet  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:46:50 GMT
UK researchers obtain "rich" data from the Philae lander just before its power died. 
Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:53 GMT
The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. 
'Exciting' bladder cancer drug trial  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:25:43 GMT
A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients. 
Phil Hughes: Reactions in quotes  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:18:57 GMT
Well-known Australians and cricket figures pay tribute to Phil Hughes, who has died at the age of 25 after being hit by a ball. 
Rodgers happy fate is in Reds' hands  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:39:07 GMT
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted his side remain in control of their Champions League destiny. 
Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:23:52 GMT
Not all crucial battles in World War One took place on the muddy fields of Europe - some were fought in little-known places much further afield. 
How cricket helmets changed  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:42:28 GMT
Australian cricketer Philip Hughes has died after being hit on the head by a cricket ball. Can helmets ever offer total protection? 
Passengers 'push frozen plane'  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:32:11 GMT
People on board a flight in Russia get out and push the aircraft after its braking system freezes. 
Tourists flock to 'see democracy'  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:49:55 GMT
Taiwan's local elections are a tourist attraction for Chinese visitors. 
Ghana cocaine bust turns political  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:20:18 GMT
Ghana's opposition calls for a parliamentary probe into allegations that a suspected cocaine trafficker had access to the presidential lounge at the country's main international airport. 
HK policemen arrested over beating  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:34:41 GMT
Seven Hong Kong policemen are arrested in connection with the beating of a pro-democracy protester in October. 
Juncker reveals giant EU jobs plan  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:33:25 GMT
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives details of a €315bn (£250bn; $393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe's economy.