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Israel and Hamas truce under way  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:33:46 GMT
Israel and Hamas begin an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Friday morning, after 24 days of fighting. 
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 24  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:34:15 GMT
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  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:51:57 GMT
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. 
Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:47:52 GMT
Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say. 
DNA project 'to make UK world leader'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:01:58 GMT
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. 
Ebola victim heads to US hospital  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:36:48 GMT
A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa. 
US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:27:27 GMT
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  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:14 GMT
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. 
Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:07:45 GMT
A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states. 
WTO fails to seal global trade deal  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:14:27 GMT
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  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent". 
Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:14:02 GMT
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92. 
VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future?  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:46 GMT
Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment. 
VIDEO: Poodling along in the gymnasium  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:50:07 GMT
A new gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened up in Alexandria, Virginia. 
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:43 GMT
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.