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Diplomats to draft Iran nuclear deal

May 12, 2014 - 9:41pm
Six world powers and Iran are to begin drafting a deal that aims to provide a comprehensive solution to the country's nuclear issue.
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Same-sex couples wed in Arkansas

May 12, 2014 - 9:25pm
The first same-sex couples marry in the US state of Arkansas, after a judge last week threw out a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
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Nigeria rejects captive girls 'swap'

May 12, 2014 - 8:26pm
Nigeria insists it will not agree to a swap deal with militants holding dozens of schoolgirls, after an official said all options were available.
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VIDEO: 'No reforms' before Thai election

May 12, 2014 - 8:11pm
Thailand's caretaker prime minister has said that he accepts the need for change, but is not willing to agree to any opposition demands for reforms before elections are held.
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Footballer Smicer taking on Europe

May 12, 2014 - 7:28pm
Czech footballer aims for new political goal
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The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted

May 12, 2014 - 7:17pm
The ship of German Jews that got to Miami, but was turned away
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Tougher penalties for dog attacks

May 12, 2014 - 7:14pm
Dog owners in England and Wales who allow their pets to attack people face longer prison sentences under new laws that have come into force.
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VIDEO: Confronting racism face-to-face

May 12, 2014 - 7:10pm
Mo Asumang is the daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother. In her new film The Aryans she confronts racists in Germany and the US.
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Labour ward 'not for regular births'

May 12, 2014 - 7:08pm
Women having a straightforward pregnancy "should be encouraged to give birth in a midwife-led unit", official advice for England and Wales says.
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VIDEO: Device claims to make dogs 'smarter'

May 12, 2014 - 7:02pm
A team of US graduate students have developed a dog feeder which they believe can make pets smarter.
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RBS US arm Citizens in share sale

May 12, 2014 - 6:50pm
The Royal Bank of Scotland announces plans for a public share sale of part of its US subsidiary, Citizens, later this year.
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'Idol' Aiken's US House rival dies

May 12, 2014 - 6:43pm
A businessman vying against one-time American Idol star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination for a US House seat dies suddenly in a fall.
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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Wigan (agg 2-1)

May 12, 2014 - 6:06pm
Charlie Austin scores twice as QPR come from behind to defeat Wigan after extra-time and reach the Championship play-off final.
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Migrants drown as Libya boat sinks

May 12, 2014 - 5:54pm
At least 17 people died and 200 were rescued when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank between Libya and southern Italy, navy officials say.
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Pfizer in AstraZeneca legal pledge

May 12, 2014 - 5:38pm
US firm Pfizer says commitments to preserve UK science jobs - if it wins a $106bn (£63bn) takeover of AstraZeneca - are legally binding.
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Egypt: Deadly risks, but female genital mutilation persists

May 12, 2014 - 5:38pm
FGM still prevalent in Egypt, despite deadly risks
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UN: Indigenous Canadians 'in crisis'

May 12, 2014 - 5:12pm
Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples says.
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Ferdinand to leave Man Utd in summer

May 12, 2014 - 4:51pm
Rio Ferdinand is to leave Manchester United in the summer after the defender is not offered a new contract.
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