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World News From BBC

Defiant HK protests on National Day  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:46:01 GMT
Hong Kong crowds gather for huge pro-democracy rallies on China's national day, as leader CY Leung urges protesters to work with Beijing. 
Karadzic closing war crimes defence  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:18:07 GMT
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic makes his final defence statements at The Hague where he stands accused of the worst atrocities during the Balkans conflict. 
Armed man shared lift with Obama  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:18:35 GMT
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse. 
First Ebola case diagnosed in the US  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:47:06 GMT
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. 
Norway best country for older people  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:05 GMT
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons. 
Caver freed after 12-day ordeal  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:29:34 GMT
An injured Spanish caver who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued. 
California mayor shot at home  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:45:44 GMT
Daniel Crespo, mayor of California suburb Bell Gardens, was shot dead and his wife taken into custody following an argument at the couple's home. 
Afghan troops killed in Kabul attack  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:01:12 GMT
At least seven Afghan soldiers are killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting a bus carrying troops in the capital, Kabul. 
Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:47 GMT
Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu. 
Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:54:38 GMT
Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State militants. 
California imposes plastic bag ban  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:54:50 GMT
The US state is the first to pass legislation imposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores. 
Cancer gene test 'would save lives'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:04:36 GMT
Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers. 
VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'no match' for IS  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:09:01 GMT
Clive Myrie reports from the Kurdish front line in Iraq where the Peshmerga are fighting IS with weapons they say are not up to the job. 
VIDEO: Gates 'optimistic' for Ebola sufferers  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:27:37 GMT
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is "optimistic" about increasing the treatment capacity for Ebola in West Africa. 
VIDEO: 'I hid from boulders as volcano erupted'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:37:26 GMT
A mountain guide who was on Mount Ontake when it erupted speaks about the moment it exploded without warning.