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New EU sanctions hit top Putin aides

July 31, 2014 - 18:55
A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.
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Israel to 'destroy all Gaza tunnels'

July 31, 2014 - 18:35
Israel is "determined" to destroy all militant tunnels from Gaza "with or without a ceasefire", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
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Russia told to pay Yukos investors

July 31, 2014 - 18:28
Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.
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Minister wants UK animal tests ban

July 31, 2014 - 18:20
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants a total ban on them.
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US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90

July 31, 2014 - 17:54
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90.
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DUP and Sinn Féin 'make budget deal'

July 31, 2014 - 17:28
The DUP and Sinn Féin reach agreement over Stormont's quarterly budget after weeks of deadlock, the BBC understands.
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Russia experts to visit MH17 site

July 31, 2014 - 17:28
Russian investigators to visit MH17 crash site as Ukraine suspends military operations in the east for a day
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Australia 'in child asylum cover-up'

July 31, 2014 - 17:09
The Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention, a psychiatrist tells a national inquiry.
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S Leone declares Ebola emergency

July 31, 2014 - 17:05
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone declares public health emergency, to quarantine epicentres of the disease
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Facebook expands Africa push

July 31, 2014 - 17:01
Facebook puts itself at forefront of push into Africa and Asia.
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Guilty plea in Australia racist rant

July 31, 2014 - 16:28
A woman whose racist rant caused shock in Australia is given a 12-month good behaviour bond after admitting offensive behaviour.
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'Huge amount' of pier saved in fire

July 31, 2014 - 16:24
Firefighters save a "huge amount" of Eastbourne Pier after a devastating fire ripped through the Victorian structure leaving only its metal skeleton.
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Sony's profits jump on sales of PS4

July 31, 2014 - 16:08
Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.
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VIDEO: Argentina defaults for second time

July 31, 2014 - 15:53
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years.
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Shell sees 'robust' profits rise

July 31, 2014 - 15:41
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.
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Bathers drown off Karachi coast

July 31, 2014 - 15:39
At least 19 bathers celebrating the Muslim Eid festival drown in rough seas off the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say.
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Israel calls up 16,000 reservists

July 31, 2014 - 15:37
Israel calls up 16,000 extra reserve soldiers as conflict in Gaza continues, amid criticism over a strike that killed 16 at a UN-run school.
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VIDEO: Mysterious miracle? Crop circle draws crowds

July 31, 2014 - 15:33
A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany.
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Warm weather hits British Gas profit

July 31, 2014 - 15:20
British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.
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New Ofsted chair to be announced

July 31, 2014 - 15:02
The government is to announce its choice for the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, the BBC understands.
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