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Suu Kyi's gate to be sold at auction  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:08:09 GMT
The metal gate of Nobel prize-winning Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi's house is to be auctioned, with a starting price of $200,000. 
S Sudan foes agree to end conflict  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:25:47 GMT
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar sign a deal, committing to end a conflict that has devastated the country. 
Abbott pledge after Queensland rout  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:11:22 GMT
Australian PM Tony Abbott vows he will learn the lessons of an election rout in Queensland but insists government is not a "popularity contest". 
Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:42:27 GMT
Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece. 
Chile proposes to end abortion ban  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:01:56 GMT
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. 
Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:30:05 GMT
The government of Bahrain revokes the nationalities of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported. 
New Jersey governor begins UK visit  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:01:38 GMT
New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron. 
Pupils 'must know times tables by 11'  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:17:50 GMT
All children in England will be expected to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary. 
Man scattering ashes swept into sea  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:22:17 GMT
A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering his sister's ashes in North Cornwall. 
Fundraiser meets mugging victim  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:18:38 GMT
A woman who set up a fundraising page for a man who was mugged outside his home meets the victim as donations top £250,000. 
Prison 'book ban' rule relaxed  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:07:25 GMT
A rule that stopped inmates receiving books in prison is relaxed - with books now allowed via four "approved retailers". 
Week in pictures: 24-30 January 2015  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:21:55 GMT
News photos from around the world 
In pictures: Destruction in Kobane  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:23:34 GMT
Devastation caused by fighting in Syrian town 
Day in pictures: 30 January 2015  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:20:45 GMT
Images from around the world: 30 January 
At the pump  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:47:07 GMT
Petrol stations around the world