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World News From BBC

China rules out open Hong Kong poll  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:09:48 GMT
China rules out open nominations for the next Hong Kong leadership election, state media report, in a move likely to trigger protests. 
EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:29:21 GMT
The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return". 
Missing Ashya King found in Spain  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:01:35 GMT
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents is found in Spain after his father defends their actions in a video. 
Anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:31:08 GMT
Continuing clashes in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the toppling of PM Nawaz Sharif leave one dead and hundreds injured. 
US planes drop aid to Iraq's Amerli  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:09:52 GMT
US planes have made air drops and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli. 
First openly gay NFL player dropped  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:03:24 GMT
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams. 
Philippine troops in Syria rescued  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:26:44 GMT
Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive. 
El Salvador gangs re-launch truce  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:45:45 GMT
Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago. 
Archbishop issues terror asylum plea  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:17:46 GMT
The Archbishop of York calls for the government to do more to offer asylum to Christians being persecuted by Islamic State terrorists. 
Original Jethro Tull bassist dies  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:33:48 GMT
Bassist Glenn Cornick, a founding member of the British rock band Jethro Tull who played on their biggest hits, has died at his home in Hawaii. 
Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:37:32 GMT
Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role. 
VIDEO: Long queues to leave Mariupol  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:01:47 GMT
The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in his country with EU leaders. 
VIDEO: Song of a four-storey 'earth harp'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:31:30 GMT
William Close is the inventor of the 'Earth Harp', a musical instrument which makes use of the architecture around it to create its sound. 
VIDEO: Brazil dismantles Amazon 'destroyers'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:22:05 GMT
Police in northern Brazil say they are in the process of dismantling one of the country's biggest environmental criminal gangs. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:29:44 GMT
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