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Gunmen kill Pakistan polio workers  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:45:14 GMT
Four polio vaccination workers are shot dead and three injured in the south-west Pakistani city of Quetta. 
Germany backs female directors quota  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:10:55 GMT
Top German companies are told to ensure that 30% of supervisory board positions are held by women from 2016 under a law agreed late on Tuesday. 
Colombia rebels release two soldiers  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:47:42 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks. 
Raqqa air strikes death toll rises  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:38:31 GMT
Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday. 
Snow snarls up Thanksgiving getaway  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:29:19 GMT
Harsh weather along the US east coast has disrupted one of the busiest travel days ahead of the country's Thanksgiving holiday. 
Commission to urge Scottish tax power  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:53:04 GMT
The commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend full control over income tax rates and bands, the BBC understands. 
Gangster Frankie Fraser dies aged 90  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:08:23 GMT
The criminal and contemporary of the Kray twins, "Mad" Frankie Fraser, has died aged 90 in hospital, former associate Eddie Richardson confirms. 
Huge cocaine haul found in furniture  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:33:04 GMT
Police discover one of the biggest amounts of cocaine ever found in Northern Ireland in a delivery of furniture. 
Concerns over terror exclusion plans  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:04:55 GMT
The UK's reviewer of terrorism laws raises concerns about plans to exclude people from the UK if they go abroad to fight with extremist groups, as a new counter-terror bill is published 
Your pictures: Insects  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:12:17 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "insects" 
In pictures: Ferguson riots aftermath  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:28:14 GMT
Scenes of widespread damage in Ferguson 
Day in pictures: 25 November 2014  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:34:05 GMT
24 hours of news images: 25 November 
In pictures: Ruling sparks rioting in US town of Ferguson  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:45:45 GMT
Night of unrest follows a jury's decision 
The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:15:29 GMT
The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas 
Week in pictures: 15-21 November 2014  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:22 GMT
The best news photos from around the world