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Xenon and argon banned for athletes  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:53:44 GMT
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced. 
African food security on the menu  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:55:35 GMT
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security. 
Test Ebola drug '100% effective'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:16 GMT
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. 
Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. 
Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:14:33 GMT
Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco. 
Murray beats Tsonga to reach quarters  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:24:21 GMT
Britain's Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 to book a US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic. 
Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:40:17 GMT
George Orwell was a literary mediocrity and his views on the importance of plain writing are plain wrong, argues writer Will Self. 
Why I stopped wearing the headscarf  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:36:59 GMT
A woman's headscarf is a garment which is heavy in symbolism in Islamic countries but recently I decided to take mine off. I am still Muslim - just not so visibly. 
Lesotho military action ruled out  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:15 GMT
Southern African leaders reject calls by Lesotho's exiled prime minister for the immediate deployment of troops to his country, an official tells the BBC. 
Fresh clashes in Pakistan capital  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:47:28 GMT
Clashes between security forces and protesters continue in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, after the national TV channel's HQ was briefly stormed. 
Nato plans rapid response force  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:51 GMT
Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says. 
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. 
Libya militias 'seize ministries'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:06:17 GMT
Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed. 
Obama renews minimum wage push  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:28:14 GMT
President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements. 
Ashya parents fight extradition  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:21:05 GMT
The parents of Ashya King are held in police custody after refusing to consent to their extradition to the UK at an appearance at the High Court in Spain.