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MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:01 GMT
The first two planes carrying victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive in the Netherlands where a day of mourning has been declared. 
UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:53:52 GMT
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks. 
Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:33:04 GMT
More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say. 
Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:37:38 GMT
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged. 
France jails pro-Palestinian rioters  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:50:04 GMT
A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence. 
Geldof died of heroin overdose  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:52 GMT
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules. 
S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:17:55 GMT
The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says. 
Quarantine over China plague death  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:47:27 GMT
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say. 
Rival to challenge Indonesia result  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:20:03 GMT
The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says. 
Green light for Crimea gambling zone  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:37:28 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law setting up a gambling zone in Crimea, the territory Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. 
Key bridge blown up in Nigeria  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:18:34 GMT
Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, local residents tell the BBC. 
Cyber-theft hits eBay's Stubhub  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:15:47 GMT
The ticket reselling service Stubhub, owned by eBay, announces that more than 1,000 of its customer accounts have been broken into. 
China detains five over meat scandal  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:11 GMT
China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC. 
India MPs 'force-fed' Muslim worker  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:48 GMT
Both houses of India's parliament are adjourned in uproar after reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan. 
Somali musician-MP is shot dead  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:46 GMT
Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.