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Obama: Foley video shocks the world

41 min 54 sec ago
US President Barack Obama says the beheading of journalist James Foley is "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world".
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UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq

54 min 59 sec ago
The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq.
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Dzeko in new four-year Man City deal

1 hour 7 min ago
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko signs a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.
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Liberia troops enforce quarantine

1 hour 8 min ago
Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in order to contain the spread of Ebola, setting off protests.
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Iceland evacuates area near volcano

1 hour 15 min ago
Authorities in Iceland complete the evacuation of an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears of an impending eruption.
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Russia shuts four Moscow McDonald's

1 hour 28 min ago
Russia's main consumer watchdog has shut a number of McDonald's restaurants in Moscow as part of an investigation into food standards.
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Beheading suspect 'probably British'

1 hour 30 min ago
It looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in the beheading of US journalist James Foley is British, David Cameron says.
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Pope Francis given Copa Libertadores

2 hours 20 min ago
Lifelong fan Pope Francis is presented with the Copa Libertadores trophy by players and officials of Argentine side San Lorenzo.
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Attorney General arrives in Ferguson

2 hours 23 min ago
The US Attorney General arrives in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of continuing protests over the police shooting of a black teenager.
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PM condemns journalist's beheading

2 hours 32 min ago
The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Fierce fight for east Ukrainian town

2 hours 37 min ago
Ukrainian government and rebel forces both claim control of a small town after fierce fighting, as fighting claims 34 civilian lives in a day.
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Jihadist suspects held in Austria

2 hours 52 min ago
Nine people are arrested by police in Austria on suspicion of planning to join Islamist militant groups in Syria.
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Buju Banton gets new appeal hearing

2 hours 56 min ago
A lawyer for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who is serving 10 years in jail for drugs convictions, says he has been granted a new appeal hearing.
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Taxi firm Uber to deliver groceries

3 hours 3 min ago
Taxi firm Uber is trialling a same-day delivery service for more than 100 grocery goods in Washington DC.
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Texas governor booked on charges

3 hours 8 min ago
Texas Governor Rick Perry is defiant as he is booked on abuse of power charges, vowing to fight the case with "every fibre of my being".
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Chan 'sorry' for son's drug arrest

3 hours 19 min ago
Actor Jackie Chan apologises over his son's arrest on drug-related charges, saying he feels "ashamed" as a public figure and "sad" as a father.
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Macy's settles racial profiling cases

3 hours 32 min ago
One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.
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Wednesday's gossip column

3 hours 47 min ago
AC Milan deny talk of Liverpool bid for Balotelli, West Ham eye Man City duo and Jack Wilshere's double.
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Israel strike 'targeted Hamas chief'

4 hours 1 min ago
Hamas says militant chief Mohammed Deif is alive and leading its response to Israeli air strikes that killed 19 people in Gaza, including his wife and child.
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VIDEO: Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge

4 hours 44 min ago
President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh.
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Rumors continue 60 years after Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death. Did he die as a result of a stroke or was he assassinated by a member or members of his inner circle?