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Israel and Hamas truce under way
Israel and Hamas begin an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire after 24 days of fighting, as talks on a more permanent truce are due in Cairo.
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 24
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 24 people and injures about 270 others.
Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US
A woman who fled Sudan after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US state of New Hampshire to start a new life.
Hopes 'bleak' for landslide missing
Officials say hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village are fading, as the number of bodies found passes 50.
Ebola victim heads to US hospital
A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa.
Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot'
Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say.
US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'
The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help.
China manufacturing growth speeds up
China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.
WTO fails to seal global trade deal
The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.
Argentina blames US for debt default
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
Police urged to carry drugs antidote
US Attorney General Eric Holder has urged federal law enforcement agencies to equip some of their officers with the heroin overdose antidote Naloxone.
Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.
Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed
Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.
Technique turns bodies 'see-through'
A newly discovered way to make entire bodies transparent could pave the way for a new generation of treatments, scientists say.
Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'
A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.
Snowden's asylum status expires
Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden's year-long leave to stay in Russia expires without confirmation that it will be extended.
Mexico migrants' train deal reached
The US, Mexico and Guatemala will establish more checkpoints along the route of a freight train to prevent migrants from boarding it, Guatemala says.
Guatemala buries massacre victims
The remains of 31 indigenous Ixil Mayans, killed in 1982 at the height of the Guatemala civil war, are buried in a ceremony in the country's north-west.
Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge'
South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway.
Senegal corruption trial 'political'
The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade calls himself a "political prisoner" during a first appearance at his corruption trial.
England win to level India series
England wrap up a 266-run victory over India in the third Test at Southampton to level the series at 1-1.
Filipinos urged to leave Libya
A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped.
Forensic scientists reach MH17 site
International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.
Nato 'unprepared for Russia threat'
Nato is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state by Russia, a group of MPs warns in a report.
Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked'
The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies.
Turkey PM to return US Jewish award
A row over Israel prompts Turkey's PM Erdogan to return an award he received in 2004 from the American Jewish Congress.
DNA project 'to make UK world leader'
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.
Whistle-blowers often victimised - MPs
The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says.
Tesla and Panasonic to build factory
Electric carmaker Tesla is to team up with Japanese electronics firm Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the US.
Adidas warns on profits and Russia
Adidas shares tumble after the sportswear maker issues a profit warning and says it will open fewer stores in Russia.
Euro prices deeper in 'danger zone'
The eurozone inflation rate falls by 0.4% in July, sliding further into what the European Central Bank describes as a "danger zone".
Cook relieved by England victory
Captain Alastair Cook is pleased that England's win in the third Test against India has ended a bad run of form.
Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold
Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.
Hat-trick of golds for England gymnasts
England gymnasts Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane win their third gold medals of the Commonwealth Games with individual wins.
Met Opera in late union talks
The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.
Israeli show cancelled after protest
An Israeli show at the Edinburgh Fringe is cancelled after only one performance following a protest by a pro-Palestinian group.
US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90.
VIDEO: Mother and baby saved after landslide
Rescue workers in western India are working to locate survivors of a landslide that has claimed at least 30 lives and buried up to 200 people.
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen
A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.
VIDEO: Huge blaze after Taiwan blasts
A series of explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 22 people and injured more than 200, officials say.
VIDEO: Rare contact with remote Amazon tribe
A group of previously isolated indigenous people from the Amazon has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first time in the Brazilian state of Acre, according to authorities.
VIDEO: How US Customs combats drug trade
A tour of the postal facility in Los Angeles where US Customs try to halt the flow of illegal drugs coming into and out of the US.
VIDEO: Argentina defaults for second time
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years.
VIDEO: Underwater art exhibition in Italy
An exhibition of photographs is taking place underwater off an Italian island.
VIDEO: Ebola victim, four months, laid to rest
The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar reports from south-east Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak first started in March 2014.
World War One battlefields 100 years on
World War One battlefields, 100 years on
America's 'inexorably' botched executions
America's long history of executions that go wrong
Ukraine crisis creates UK tensions
Ukraine crisis creating high-level UK tensions
Bling for Indonesia's new mega-rich
Wealth and growing inequality in Indonesian capital Jakarta
CAR crisis: 'Lame-duck' president?
CAR's leader faces a tough battle to unite a divided country
Kenyan unity lessons for Afghan rivals
Raila Odinga's advice to feuding Afghan rivals
VIDEO: Who are the children fleeing to the US border?
Who are the children fleeing to the US border?
Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?
Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?
The 'Flying Sikh' who won India's first Commonwealth gold
How an unknown runner won India's first Commonwealth gold
Broods: New Zealand's next pop export
Meet New Zealand's next big musical exports
Quiz of the week's news
Which Star Wars character was banned from a passport?
Poles eat apples to annoy Putin
Why Poles are eating apples to annoy Putin

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