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UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

Tue, 2014-10-21 19:54
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.

US probes 'stray Syria air drop'

Tue, 2014-10-21 19:49
The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.

VIDEO: Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'

Tue, 2014-10-21 19:34
Naval vessels searching Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine are focusing on a bay near the capital Stockholm.

Move to stop charities funding terror

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:54
The charities watchdog is to receive an extra £8m and new powers to help it tackle charities being used to fund crime and terrorism, the prime minister says.

Concern raised over UK use of drones

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:03
The use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising "significant safety, security, and privacy concerns", a report says.

Designer Oscar de la Renta mourned

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:53
The Dominican Republic declares Wednesday an official day of mourning for Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at 82.

Hong Kong's political haircut

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:40
The political confrontation in a Hong Kong hair salon

Slumbering lions win top photo prize

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:24
A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:15
Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Organic genderless gingerbread debated

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:14
How organic, vegan gingerbread 'people' divided online opinion

VIDEO: The city hoping to be independent state

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:06
Steve Rosenberg visits two cities in rebel held Ukraine which will be boycotting the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Magic Faraway Tree set for big screen

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:05
Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books are being adapted for cinema for the first time.

VIDEO: Making sure war dead live on in memory

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:02
How the Commonwealth War Graves Commission continues to keep its promise to remember the dead "in perpetuity".

Whitehall in confusion, MPs warn

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:00
Taxpayers are getting poorer value for money from government projects because of "confusion" over decisions, MPs warn.

VIDEO: The famine report that shocked the world

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:00
How millions responded to Ethiopia’s cry for help

Clegg targets teachers' workload

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:56
Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vows to cut down on "pointless paperwork".

Schools 'should check kids' teeth'

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:54
Schools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, says the advisory body, NICE.

Mentally ill put in police cells

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:54
Too many people in the middle of a mental health crisis end up locked in police cells after being turned away from hospitals, says a report.

NICE conflicts of interests claim

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:52
A group of leading doctors and researchers has called on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the medicines watchdog, NICE.

VIDEO: A look back at legendary de la Renta

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:52
Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz takes a look back at the life of one of the biggest names in fashion, Oscar de la Renta.
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