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Pietersen exclusion is 'ludicrous'

16 min 51 sec ago
Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.
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Tunisia holds landmark election

31 min 56 sec ago
Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.
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Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

55 min 8 sec ago
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
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VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

1 hour 15 min ago
Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
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Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

1 hour 24 min ago
Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.
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VIDEO: Castro delivers defiant speech

1 hour 29 min ago
The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.
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US insists North Korea behind hack

2 hours 9 min ago
The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.
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Gunman kills two New York policemen

2 hours 10 min ago
A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself.
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VIDEO: Pakistan 'in mourning and on edge'

3 hours 53 min ago
Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.
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VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

3 hours 57 min ago
The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.
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VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

4 hours 1 min ago
A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.
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Mother charged with Cairns murders

4 hours 33 min ago
Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.
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Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia

5 hours 18 min ago
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
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Voices of grief and determination

December 20, 2014 - 10:24pm
Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre
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What Cuba's new friendship with the US means for everyday life

December 20, 2014 - 9:54pm
What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life
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Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge'

December 20, 2014 - 8:04pm
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
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VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

December 20, 2014 - 7:44pm
The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
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Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

December 20, 2014 - 7:20pm
Life in one of the world's most repressive states
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Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

December 20, 2014 - 6:46pm
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
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Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo

December 20, 2014 - 6:04pm
European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup.
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Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.