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Israel to 'destroy all Gaza tunnels'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:54 GMT
Israel is "determined" to destroy all militant tunnels from Gaza "with or without a ceasefire", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. 
Russian experts to visit MH17 site  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:03:50 GMT
Russian aviation experts plan to visit the site of the Flight MH17 crash in the east, as Ukraine calls a one-day truce with the rebels. 
S Leone declares Ebola emergency  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:20:45 GMT
Sierra Leone's president declares a public health emergency to curb the deadly Ebola outbreak and order epicentres of the disease to be quarantined. 
Race to find India landslide missing  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:46:01 GMT
Rescue workers in western India race to locate survivors of a landslide that has claimed at least 30 lives and buried up to 200 people. 
Argentina defaults for second time  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:01:06 GMT
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders end in failure. 
Russia told to pay Yukos investors  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:58:23 GMT
Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights. 
Australia 'in child asylum cover-up'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:09:33 GMT
The Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention, a psychiatrist tells a national inquiry. 
Bathers drown off Karachi coast  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:22:11 GMT
At least 20 bathers celebrating the Muslim Eid festival drown in rough seas off the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say. 
Shell sees 'robust' profits rise  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:41:08 GMT
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled. 
Facebook expands Africa push  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:01:56 GMT
Facebook puts itself at forefront of push into Africa by unveiling a plan to get millions of people in Zambia online. 
'Tape measure test' call on diabetes  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:32:07 GMT
People are being urged to take out the tape measure to assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
Guilty plea in Australia racist rant  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:28:12 GMT
A woman whose racist rant caused shock in Australia is given a 12-month good behaviour bond after admitting offensive behaviour. 
VIDEO: Mysterious miracle? Crop circle draws crowds  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:33:01 GMT
A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany. 
VIDEO: Argentina defaults for second time  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:53:37 GMT
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years. 
VIDEO: Star Wars comes to County Kerry  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:06 GMT
Residents and tourists in Portmagee, County Kerry, are getting a taste of Hollywood as scenes for the new Star Wars film are shot on nearby island Skellig Michael.