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Character actress Dora Bryan dies

Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.

Pepsico shares surge on results

Shares in snacks and drinks giant Pepsico trade close to record levels after the company reports positive results.

Two deadly blasts hit Nigerian city

Two blasts targeting an opposition leader and an Islamic cleric have hit the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least 40 people, police say.

Baby P boss awarded £680,000 payout

The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost £680,000 for her unfair dismissal claim.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving

Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims

The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.

VIDEO: Hundreds die in Syria 'deadliest week'

More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in seven days as fighting in Syria intensifies.

Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed

The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.

VIDEO: Red Cross attacked by Gaza civilians

Paul Adams sees a Red Cross evacuation mission come under attack by local people in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood

Man guilty of pizza driver murder

A man is found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery worker who was stabbed to death on his last day in the job in Sheffield.

Bulgarian prime minister resigns

The embattled Socialist prime minister of Bulgaria resigns after only a year in office to allow for an early election on 5 October.

VIDEO: Dozens killed in Taiwan plane crash

More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

Dozens killed in Taiwan plane crash

More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

Somali musician-MP is shot dead

Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.

Majka wins stage as Nibali extends lead

Poland's Rafal Majka clinches his second Tour de France stage win as Vincenzo Nibali moves further ahead on stage 17.

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks.

Germany rejects Russia football ban

Germany's government rejects calls from allies of the chancellor to stop Russia hosting the 2018 football World Cup over its actions in Ukraine.

VIDEO: MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

Two planes carrying bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have landed in the Netherlands.

Wednesday's gossip column

Remy has Liverpool medical, Martinez working on Lukaku deal, Messi sounded out Arsenal, Campbell set for Palace switch, plus more.

Last victim of US mudslide found

Searchers in the US state of Washington locate what they believe to be the final missing body following a deadly mudslide in March.

Glaxo profits fall hits shares

GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China.

Boeing profits from sales boost

US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales.

SA rhino poacher jailed for 77 years

A South African rhino poacher is sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade.

MH17 evidence 'was tampered with'

Whitehall sources say information has emerged that MH17 crash evidence was deliberately tampered with, as the plane's black boxes arrive in the UK.

S Korea ferry boss 'hid in closet'

The fugitive South Korean tycoon wanted in connection with the Sewol ferry disaster hid in a closet to evade arrest during a police raid, prosecutors say.

India MPs 'force-fed' Muslim worker

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.

Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

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.

VIDEO: Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies

Refusing to hate each other despite Gaza conflict

Geldof died of heroin overdose

TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.

Cyber-theft hits eBay's Stubhub

The ticket reselling service Stubhub, owned by eBay, announces that more than 1,000 of its customer accounts have been broken into.

S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.

Polar bear 'too old' for Canada move

An elderly, "depressed" polar bear is to stay in Argentina because he is too old, a zoo decides, rejecting a petition to move him to Canada.

Key bridge blown up in Nigeria

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.

France jails pro-Palestinian rioters

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.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening

The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

VIDEO: Frustration as Israel flights suspended

Several airlines have suspended flights to Israel after a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion airport, in Tel Aviv

Rival to challenge Indonesia result

The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.

China detains five over meat scandal

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.

VIDEO: Time-lapse shows Costa on move

Time-lapse footage shows the wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping.

School head held over India 'rape'

Police in the Indian city of Bangalore arrest a school head for failing to protect children under his care after a six-year-old girl is allegedly raped.

Quarantine over China plague death

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.

In pictures: Life in denuded India villages

Life in Indian villages denuded by deforestation

Will MH17 air disaster damage Putin?

Risks for Russia's Putin from MH17 disaster

VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.

The deaths uniting women across the world

The deaths that unite women across the world

From an orphanage to entrepreneur

From living in an orphanage to becoming a self-made millionaire

Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'

Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Will Libya's militias defeat democracy?

Will Libya's militias defeat democracy?

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq

A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.

White flags stump New York police

Authorities in New York are investigating who raised two large white flags on the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge early on Tuesday.

Gaza: How Hamas tunnel network grew

How Hamas spawned network of 'Viet Cong' tunnels

VIDEO: When Britain ruled India

Living in India during the dying days of the British Raj

Non-stop Argentina debt talks demand

A US judge orders Argentina and its creditors to meet "continuously" to avoid the nation defaulting on its debts later this month.

Mass eviction of Venezuela squatters

Venezuelan soldiers remove hundreds of families from a notorious 45-storey Caracas skyscraper that dominates the city skyline.

Attack on Congo barracks 'repulsed'

An attack on the military barracks of the presidential guards in Kinshasa has been repulsed, the DR Congo government says.

Iraq monastery 'seized by militants'

Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city of Mosul are reported to have seized a nearby ancient monastery and ordered the monks to leave.

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