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World News From BBC

US threatens more Russia sanctions  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:44:32 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in east Ukraine. 
Obama pledges Japan islands support  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:07:09 GMT
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour. 
More held in S Korea ferry disaster  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:22 GMT
Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners. 
Cost 'no issue' in plane search  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:35:05 GMT
Australia vows it will not abandon the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, if the current mini-sub search is unsuccessful. 
Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:12:23 GMT
Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police. 
Everest Sherpas discuss boycott  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:14:30 GMT
Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues. 
Blair warns West over radical Islam  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:22:26 GMT
Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism. 
Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:11:37 GMT
Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say. 
Future of the net debated in Brazil  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:20:02 GMT
Tensions emerge ahead of a meeting being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss changes to the way the internet is governed. 
Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:30:35 GMT
A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, officials say. 
'A third' can't afford healthy food  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:06:53 GMT
High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests. 
Australia to buy 58 new F-35 jets  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:48:45 GMT
Australia approves the purchase of 58 new F-35 fighter jets worth 12.4bn Australian dollars ($11.5bn; £6.8bn). 
Myanmar democracy veteran mourned  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:45 GMT
Hundreds of mourners gather for the funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy veteran Win Tin, who served 19 years in prison for his activism. 
Brunei delays tough new Islamic law  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:57:53 GMT
The South east Asian nation of Brunei postpones the introduction of tough Sharia criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday. 
Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:49:51 GMT
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.