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UN peacekeeper killed in Lebanon

48 min 46 sec ago
A UN peacekeeper has been killed in Lebanon, amid border clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army that left four Israeli troops injured.
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England lose four for Wales opener

56 min 48 sec ago
Brad Barritt, Tom Wood, Geoff Parling and Kyle Eastmond are ruled out of England's Six Nations opener against Wales on 6 February.
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Greece markets hit by default fears

1 hour 47 sec ago
Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday with investors fearing the new anti-bailout government was determined to defy its international creditors.
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Irish post returns Santa letter

1 hour 6 min ago
Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an "insufficient address" sticker.
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Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade'

1 hour 14 min ago
Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.
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China tech giant in spat with state

1 hour 21 min ago
China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.
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Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency

1 hour 23 min ago
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.
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Perth win thrilling Big Bash final

1 hour 25 min ago
Perth Scorchers defy Brett Lee's heroics to beat Sydney Sixers off the final ball and win the Big Bash.
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Russia to spend $35bn on rescue plan

1 hour 27 min ago
The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.
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Sri Lanka reinstates chief justice

1 hour 30 min ago
Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.
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Tesco names 43 UK store closures

1 hour 39 min ago
Tesco names the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.
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India cancels child-killer execution

1 hour 46 min ago
An Indian child-murderer convicted in a case dubbed "the house of horrors" escapes execution, as a court commutes his sentence to life in prison.
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Jordan in pilot exchange offer to IS

1 hour 46 min ago
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.
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Glitter sobs over child porn images

1 hour 48 min ago
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child pornography images.
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Litvinenko post-mortem 'dangerous'

2 hours 3 min ago
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.
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Ex-England winger Cueto to retire

2 hours 7 min ago
Sale Sharks and former England winger Mark Cueto announces he will end his playing career at the end of the season.
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Letter from Africa: Soweto still burning

2 hours 9 min ago
Why township anger turns on foreigners in South Africa
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N Korea leader 'to visit Russia'

2 hours 10 min ago
Russia says North Korea's has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be his Kim Jong-un's overseas trip as leader.
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Kenya Christian broadcaster hacked

2 hours 26 min ago
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.
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US warns of more sanctions on Russia

2 hours 26 min ago
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
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