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Congress' favourite son heading for defeat?

April 17, 2014 - 5:20pm
India's Rahul Gandhi faces a tough challenge in India polls
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Weibo shares surge on US debut

April 17, 2014 - 5:10pm
Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.
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French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP

April 17, 2014 - 4:57pm
The leader of the right-wing Front National party in France says she would welcome collaboration with UKIP in fighting against the EU "with open arms".
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Brazilian police end strike over pay

April 17, 2014 - 4:53pm
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets.
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Man charged with firearm possession

April 17, 2014 - 4:45pm
A man is charged after police seize firearms and ammunition from an address in east London.
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Obituary: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 17, 2014 - 4:10pm
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
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The Saudi women smoking shishas

April 17, 2014 - 3:26pm
Should a woman need a man with her to smoke a hookah?
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French troops free Mali aid workers

April 17, 2014 - 3:20pm
French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
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Sydney airport go-ahead

April 17, 2014 - 3:00pm
Economic gold or nightmare reality?
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Joe Biden's son to run for governor

April 17, 2014 - 2:58pm
Beau Biden, son of US Vice-President Joe Biden, announces he will run for governor of the state of Delaware in 2016.
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Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions

April 17, 2014 - 2:27pm
Killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions in Iran
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World Championship scores and results

April 17, 2014 - 2:07pm
The scores and results for the 2014 World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.
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Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow

April 17, 2014 - 1:53pm
Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow.
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Robson out of French Open & Wimbledon

April 17, 2014 - 1:48pm
Britain's Laura Robson confirms she will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having minor wrist surgery.
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Abu Hamza 'used cover of religion'

April 17, 2014 - 12:46pm
A radical cleric extradited from the UK "used the cover of religion" to hide his part in a global terror campaign, a prosecutor in New York says.
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Pensioners could get death estimate

April 17, 2014 - 12:31pm
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
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EU green light for UK carbon project

April 17, 2014 - 12:12pm
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
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Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls

April 17, 2014 - 11:59am
The parents of some of the girls abducted from their school in north-east Nigeria head into the forests in a dangerous search for their daughters.
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Fresh Syria gas attack alleged

April 17, 2014 - 11:40am
Activists in Syria have published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces - the fourth, they say, this month.
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Pistorius trial: Unresolved questions

April 17, 2014 - 11:23am
Key questions the Pistorius defence needs to answer
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