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Fishermen net WW2 mustard gas bomb  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:44:23 GMT
Fishing cutter catches unexploded bomb in its net off the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. 
Chad 'forces Boko Haram from town'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:53:03 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. 
Amir's spot-fixing ban ends early  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:24:19 GMT
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir can return to domestic cricket in his home country following a review of his five-year ban. 
EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:16:33 GMT
EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia amid an upsurge in fighting in Ukraine. 
Argentina's Nisman 'feared guards'  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:51:02 GMT
Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in unexplained circumstances, borrowed a gun as he feared for his security, a colleague says. 
Skull clue to exodus from Africa  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:43:49 GMT
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago. 
US Supreme Court blocks executions  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:59:44 GMT
The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel. 
More school grades dip amid changes  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:37:39 GMT
The number of state secondary schools in England considered to be underperforming more than doubles in a year. 
Flights resume at snow-hit airport  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:31 GMT
Flights resume at Manchester Airport after heavy snow resulted in services being suspended. 
Serious jail assaults at decade high  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:40:52 GMT
The number of serious assaults in prisons in England and Wales reach their highest level for at least a decade, figures from the Ministry of Justice show. 
Teacher killer loses sentence appeal  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:24:26 GMT
Will Cornick, who murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire, loses his appeal against his 20-year minimum jail sentence. 
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