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World News From BBC

Chad 'forces Boko Haram from town'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:13:21 GMT
Chad's army has driven Boko Haram militants out of Malumfatori town in north-eastern Nigeria, a senior official from Niger tells the BBC. 
Malaysia declares MH370 an accident  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:06:14 GMT
Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 an accident, and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead. 
Italian PM wants judge for president  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:49:49 GMT
As Italy's parliament votes for a new president, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi proposes a constitutional court judge to replace Giorgio Napolitano. 
Deadly blast hits Mexico hospital  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:35:00 GMT
A gas tank lorry explodes outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby. 
Hezbollah 'wants no Israel conflict'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:07:29 GMT
Israel says it has received a message from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah indicating it opposes military escalation after lethal clashes. 
Fugitive treasure hunter in court  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:14:34 GMT
Tommy Thompson appears in court after two years on the run, accused of cheating investors out of proceeds from a 19th century shipwreck haul. 
Labour peer backs private role in NHS  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:39:00 GMT
Former Labour health minister Lord Darzi tells BBC's Newsnight it is irrelevant whether NHS care is delivered by the private or the public sector. 
Churchill's funeral anniversary marked  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:48:46 GMT
The boat which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin along the Thames will make the journey again later to mark 50 years since his funeral. 
Police corruption efforts criticised  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:41 GMT
Police forces in England and Wales lack the capability to investigate corruption among their officers and staff, says Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. 
Lack of oversight 'damaging schools'  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:35:32 GMT
MPs say problems in some more autonomous schools have been picked up too late because of lack of oversight by the government. 
Your pictures: City skylines  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:50:51 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "city skylines" 
Day in pictures: 28 January 2015  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:22:02 GMT
Images from around the world: 28 January 
Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:37:46 GMT
Shetland's spectacular annual re festival 
In pictures: Post-War office buildings listed  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:36:35 GMT
Striking buildings new to the National Heritage List 
Taking the plunge  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:54:51 GMT
Cold Water Swimming Championships