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Turkey clamps down on Syria border  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:03:44 GMT
Turkey closes most of its border crossings with Syria after the entry of at least 70,000 Kurd refugees, as IS militants approach a key Syrian town. 
Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown ends  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:01:18 GMT
Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended. 
Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:32:34 GMT
The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite arrives successfully in orbit above the planet, in a mission to study its high atmosphere. 
Moscow rally against Ukraine crisis  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:14:39 GMT
Tens of thousands of Russians march in Moscow to protest against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis. 
Global protests over climate change  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:42:33 GMT
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change attract hundreds of thousands of marchers across more than 2,000 locations worldwide. 
US hopes for Afghan security pact  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:36:14 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes a key bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan can be signed before the end of the month. 
'Deadly blasts' in China's Xinjiang  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:09:51 GMT
Two people are killed and others injured in a series of blasts in Luntai county in China's restive Xinjiang region, Chinese media say. 
GM recalls cars over brake defect  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:35:21 GMT
American car giant General Motors recalls more than 220,000 vehicles, mainly in the US and Canada, due to a brake defect. 
Deal to end Yemen crisis signed  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:00:06 GMT
The Yemeni government and Shia Houthi rebels sign an agreement aimed at ending the political crisis which has gripped the country for weeks. 
Hong Kong students begin boycott  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:29:19 GMT
Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. 
Pope decries 'perverted' extremists  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:02:55 GMT
Tens of thousands of people attend a Mass by Pope Francis, as the pontiff hits out at extremists "perverting" religion to justify violence. 
New toxic mine spill in Mexico  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:14:35 GMT
The Mexican authorities have issued a new alert about a toxic spill into a river from a copper mine run by the mining giant, Grupo Mexico. 
Molten metal batteries for the grid  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:50:22 GMT
Engineers have invented a battery made of three liquefied metals, which they say is efficient and cheap enough to store power on the electric grid. 
VIDEO: Jude Law: "DRC gone off the radar"  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:19:43 GMT
During a trip to the troubled region of Eastern DRC, British actor Jude Law called for more international attention to be given to the country. 
VIDEO: Prohibition plans for Kerala  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:42:32 GMT
The southern Indian state of Kerala has said it will ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the problem of excessive drinking.