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World News From BBC

Ukraine troops abandon key airport  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:58:58 GMT
Ukrainian troops abandon Luhansk airport after clashes with pro-Russian rebels, ahead of negotiations on the crisis. 
Iraq crimes 'on unimaginable scale'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:39:49 GMT
The UN says reports from Iraq "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale", as the Human Rights Council debates calls for a fact-finding mission. 
Ashya parents fight extradition  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:30:26 GMT
A judge in Spain rules a couple who took their five-year-old boy from a British hospital are to be kept in police custody for a maximum of 72 hours. 
Poland commemorates WW2 invasion  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:35:44 GMT
Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion that sparked World War Two, with a wreath-laying ceremony. 
Mexico probes mass fish death in lake  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:40:48 GMT
Tonnes of dead fish have been washed up on the shores of Cajititlan lake in the Mexican state of Jalisco amid a row over the cause of the mortality. 
Troops return Pakistan TV to air  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:51:14 GMT
Pakistan's national television channel is back on air after security forces remove anti-government protesters from its headquarters in Islamabad. 
PM outlining new anti-terror plans  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:32:10 GMT
David Cameron is outlining new counter-terrorism measures to tackle the threat posed by UK nationals returning home after fighting in Iraq and Syria. 
Fresh clashes erupt in Syrian Golan  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:39:58 GMT
Renewed fighting between rebels and government forces is being reported in the Syrian Golan Heights, where 44 UN peacekeepers were abducted last week. 
Seven dead in Paris flats explosion  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:39:54 GMT
A seventh body is recovered after a residential block of flats in Paris was destroyed by an explosion linked to gas and electricity cabling work. 
Lesotho PM urges military action  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:13:26 GMT
Lesotho's exiled prime minister asks South Africa and other neighbours to intervene after accusing the military of staging a coup. 
Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:56:06 GMT
New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate. 
Naked photos of celebrities leaked  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:50:51 GMT
Naked pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence are posted online but some stars claim the photos are fake. 
VIDEO: Embracing animation in Africa  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:57:20 GMT
There are already animation studios in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, but only a very limited number of good schools teach art and animation techniques on the African continent. 
VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:33:38 GMT
Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports. 
VIDEO: Wedgwood pottery loss 'hammer blow'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:47:37 GMT
A public appeal has been launched to try to save the Wedgwood museum pottery collection which is being sold to pay off the firm's pension bill