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US warns Beijing on South China Sea

May 13, 2014 - 5:27am
US Secretary of State John Kerry warns China that the introduction of a drilling rig into seas disputed with Vietnam is "provocative".
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UN appoints first woman commander

May 13, 2014 - 4:51am
For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, as Norway's Major General Kristin Lund is appointed to lead troops in Cyprus.
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Heathrow and Gatwick unveil plans

May 13, 2014 - 4:44am
Heathrow and Gatwick airports both unveil revised expansion plans as they attempt to secure permission to build the UK's next runway.
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Monkeys tackle airbase 'bird threat'

May 13, 2014 - 4:28am
The new recruits keeping birds away from Chinese planes
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VIDEO: Spain politician shot dead in public

May 13, 2014 - 4:26am
A top politician in northern Spain has been shot dead in public and two women have been arrested.
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Cole omission a risk, admits Hodgson

May 13, 2014 - 4:22am
England boss Roy Hodgson admits there is an element of risk in his decision to overlook Ashley Cole for his World Cup squad.
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VIDEO: IBM's Watson gets taste for shopping

May 13, 2014 - 4:01am
Sumi Das tries an app which harnesses the power of IBM's supercomputer to help people with their shopping.
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Repaired Rothko is back on display

May 13, 2014 - 3:59am
Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon painting goes back on public display at Tate Modern, 18 months after it was vandalised with graffiti.
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India shares at record high on polls

May 13, 2014 - 3:48am
Indian stock markets rise to a record high after exit polls suggest Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the general election.
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WHO rejects Pakistan CIA accusation

May 13, 2014 - 3:29am
The World Health Organisation (WHO) rejects Pakistan's claim that the UN was involved in the CIA's fake vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
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Top scientist: Pfizer bid 'flimsy'

May 13, 2014 - 3:18am
Pfizer's commitments to maintain research and jobs should it take over AstraZeneca have been dismissed as "vague".
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China arrest over 'false stories'

May 13, 2014 - 3:14am
Chinese authorities detain a man who posted "false stories" on a foreign news site, amid an ongoing clampdown as the Tiananmen anniversary looms.
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China manufacturing loses steam

May 13, 2014 - 2:48am
China releases weaker-than-expected manufacturing data, reinforcing concerns the world's second-largest economy is losing steam.
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BlackBerry launches low-cost phone

May 13, 2014 - 2:03am
BlackBerry launches a new low-cost phone "exclusively for Indonesia", one of the few markets where it is still a key player.
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Spain politician shot dead in public

May 13, 2014 - 1:57am
A top politician in Leon, Spain, is shot dead in public in what is thought to be "an act of vengeance", and two women are arrested.
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VIDEO: Migrants drown as Libya boat sinks

May 13, 2014 - 1:48am
At least 17 people died when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in waters between Libya and southern Italy, navy officials have said.
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VIDEO: 'I fear for our safety in Donetsk'

May 13, 2014 - 1:32am
The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from Donetsk on the fears of some pro-unity residents if the city was to become a separate republic.
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VIDEO: Diamonds are forever in Geneva

May 13, 2014 - 1:22am
Imogen Foulkes has had a sneak preview of the jewels, in all kinds of shapes and colours, at Geneva's famous spring jewellery collections.
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Obama hails marathon India election

May 13, 2014 - 12:55am
US President Barack Obama congratulates India on its marathon general election and pledges to work closely with the next government.
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