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World News From BBC

West Africa flight ban over Ebola  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:33:43 GMT
A West African airline halts flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid concern about Ebola as a leading doctor dies of the virus in Sierra Leone. 
Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:15:25 GMT
Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests. 
England make India batsmen struggle  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:46 GMT
James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton. 
Toure confirms future is at Man City  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:16:26 GMT
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he wants to stay at the Premier League club for "as long as possible". 
The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:09 GMT
In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are. 
The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:44 GMT
In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions. 
Libya militias seize Benghazi base  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:53:22 GMT
A special forces base in Libya has been seized by militias, the fighters and officials say, as a blaze continues at a fuel depot in the capital Tripoli. 
Ten jailed for India school fire  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:00:27 GMT
Ten people, including the owner of a school , are convicted for a school fire in 2004 in which 94 children were burnt alive in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. 
Bank to unveil bonus clawback plan  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:21:46 GMT
The Bank of England is due to unveil a plan which may see rule-breaking bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them. 
Death threats to Amazon tribe leader  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:22:57 GMT
One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders, Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, calls for police protection following a series of death threats. 
France offers Iraq Christians asylum  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul. 
Deal on US college sport concussions  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:25 GMT
The US collegiate sport authority offers to settle 10 lawsuits by former athletes who suffered concussions with a $70m (£41.3m) medical fund. 
HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:24 GMT
HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed. 
Millions to see power bill cut  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:18:31 GMT
Millions of electricity customers will see an average reduction of £12 a year on their bills, according to proposals from the regulator, Ofgem. 
Airline sued over pilot abuse claims  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:57 GMT
British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.