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Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. 
Electrical stimulation 'aids memory'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:17:49 GMT
Electromagnetic stimulation of a specific part of the brain may improve the ability to remember certain facts, researchers say. 
Murray breezes into US Open last 32  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:30:32 GMT
Andy Murray makes short work of German qualifier Matthias Bachinger as the Briton advances to the US Open third round. 
Hodgson admits Shaw fitness concerns  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:14:17 GMT
Roy Hodgson says he had concerns over Luke Shaw's fitness before Louis van Gaal's criticism of the left-back. 
The last Armenians of Myanmar  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:36:34 GMT
The last 'full' Armenian in Myanmar died last year, so what is the future of Yangon's historic Armenian church? 
Guns a part of American childhood  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:39:28 GMT
This week, a nine-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun accidentally shot to death her weapons instructor. Not all Americans grow up shooting guns. Those who do often start young 
Nigeria launches electronic ID cards  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:45:51 GMT
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan formally launches a national electronic identity card, which can also be used to make payments. 
Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:14:36 GMT
Papua New Guinea's eastern Mount Tavurvur erupts, disrupting flights and spewing rocks and ash into the air. 
Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:48:45 GMT
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country's first ever public vote for head of state. 
Argentina general strike 'success'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:13:53 GMT
Labour groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stage a second general strike this year and claim success. 
UN demands peacekeepers' release  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:52 GMT
The UN calls for their "immediate release" of 43 Fijian peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights, captured by an armed group. 
Ford 'threatened' fellow school coach  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:33:38 GMT
As a youth football coach, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly threatened a teacher and made players roll in goose droppings, newly released documents say. 
Abusers 'brazenly targeted girls'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:53 GMT
An ex-care worker in Rotherham, where 1,400 girls were sexually exploited, says men collected victims as young as 11 from a children's home. 
Parents snatch ill boy, 5, from ward  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:44:29 GMT
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour is taken without consent from hospital by his parents, sparking a major police hunt for the family. 
Tory MPs rule out further defections  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:48:15 GMT
Eurosceptic Conservative MPs distance themselves from Douglas Carswell amid talk of further defections to UKIP.