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World News From BBC

How faces drive first impressions  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:36 GMT
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers. 
Child malaria vaccine 'milestone'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:06:41 GMT
Scientists say the world's first malaria vaccine provides children with continuing protection against the disease and may be in use by 2015. 
More than five-a-day 'no effect'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:24 GMT
New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits. 
England make India batsmen struggle  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:46 GMT
James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton. 
Home nations win three golds in pool  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:59:28 GMT
England's Ben Proud and the 4x100m medley team win Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow, as does Wales' Georgia Davies. 
The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:09 GMT
In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are. 
The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:44 GMT
In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions. 
Airline sued over pilot abuse claims  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:57 GMT
British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages. 
India road crash kills 21 people  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:28:03 GMT
At least 21 people die when their bus swerves off a mountain road and falls into a gorge in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. 
US: Russia 'violated missile treaty'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:18 GMT
The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious". 
Death threats to Amazon tribe leader  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:22:57 GMT
One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders, Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, calls for police protection following a series of death threats. 
France offers Iraq Christians asylum  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul. 
Deal on US college sport concussions  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:25 GMT
The US collegiate sport authority offers to settle 10 lawsuits by former athletes who suffered concussions with a $70m (£41.3m) medical fund. 
Bank of England bonus clawback plan  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:06 GMT
The Bank of England is expected to unveil on Wednesday a plan which may see rule-breaking bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them. 
HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:24 GMT
HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim individuals and organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed.