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Millions hit in Drupal hack attack  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:30:59 GMT
Software firm Drupal warns millions to "assume" they have been hacked if they have not applied a patch for a recently discovered bug. 
BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:44 GMT
The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador to the UK. 
French radio station catches fire  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:08:49 GMT
A major fire forces the evacuation of the French national radio building in Paris but there are no immediate reports of casualties. 
Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:27 GMT
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia. 
Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:22:15 GMT
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons. 
Ebola cases 'slowing in Liberia'  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:40:11 GMT
The WHO says Liberia, the country hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak, has seen a decline in infections, but warns the crisis is far from over. 
Google developing a cancer detector  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:35:15 GMT
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor. 
Hamilton fastest in America practice  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:06:28 GMT
Lewis Hamilton sets the pace from Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice at the United States GP. 
Younus hits 213 as Pakistan dominate  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:09:18 GMT
Younus Khan records his fifth Test double century as Pakistan dominate the second and final match against Australia. 
The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:29:32 GMT
A self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci is going on display in Turin - some believe it has mystical powers. 
Can you cheat your way to fitness?  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:41:01 GMT
Not everyone can get to the gym - but is it really possible to stay fit through everyday household activity? 
Deadly blast at Nigeria bus station  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
An explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria kills at least four people and injures 32 people, police say. 
Myanmar in rare multi-party talks  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:15 GMT
Myanmar's president holds rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year. 
Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:33 GMT
Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries. 
Colombian Farc in civilian admission  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebel group acknowledges for the first time that its actions in Latin America's longest internal conflict "affected civilians".