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MH17 victims begin long journey home
The first planes leave Ukraine carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:27:15 GMT
-MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain
The black box flight recorders from downed flight MH17 arrive in the UK for analysis by air accident investigators.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:36:40 GMT
-UK licensing arms exports to Russia
Licences to export arms worth millions of pounds to Russia remain in place despite fears Moscow is arming rebels in Ukraine, MPs have said.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:31 GMT
-Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT
-Geldof died of heroin overdose
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:08:32 GMT
-Abbas backs Hamas Gaza truce demands
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas backs calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:19:24 GMT
-No apology from Gaza tweet Lib Dem
Lib Dem MP David Ward declines to apologise for widely criticised comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:38:32 GMT
-Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:02:44 GMT
-Porn filter shunned by UK net users
The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:30:42 GMT
-'Fewer degree offers' for minorities
Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:16:48 GMT
-Paedophile singer seeks sentence cut
Judges will decide whether paedophile rock star Ian Watkins can appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:08:02 GMT
-Labour's Frank Dobson to quit as MP
Former Labour cabinet member Frank Dobson announces he will stand down as an MP at the general election next year.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:16:23 GMT
-Disability benefits flaws 'grave'
The disability benefits system requires a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:29:26 GMT
-Booker longlist set to be revealed
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled, with titles from around the world eligible for contention for the first time in its history.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:28:27 GMT
-VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT
-VIDEO: Mystery over Brooklyn Bridge flags
Authorities in New York are investigating who raised two large white flags on the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge early on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:19:13 GMT
-VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT
-VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show
BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:08 GMT
-VIDEO: Could you beat Usain Bolt in a race?
Engineers are making it possible for spectators to race against the world's fastest man.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:06:48 GMT
-VIDEO: Qatar World Cup 'will be in winter'
FA Chairman Greg Dyke has said he believes there is "no chance" Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup during the summer and that the tournament will more likely be staged in November or December.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:43:57 GMT
-VIDEO: Madrid fans' joy at Rodriguez signing
Real Madrid have signed World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from French league club Monaco.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:52:04 GMT
-VIDEO: Thousands camping for Glasgow Games
Thousands of people are staying in the tents at specially designated sites across Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:29:25 GMT
-'Feeble' EU and UK 'hypocrisy' - the papers
Claims that European leaders are not being strict enough with Moscow over arms supplies feature on front pages - along with rebuttals from France.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:44:03 GMT
-Dog's life for Pudsey film flop
A film based on Pudsey, the dancing dog winner of Britain's Got Talent, flops at the UK box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the weekend.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:28:48 GMT
-Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:10 GMT
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Thirty eight Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Talaimannar and Delft Islands in two separate incidents last night, the Navy said

-What Russian press are saying about air disaster
The Russian media's coverage of the MH17 disaster is in stark contrast to Western reports - focusing on increasingly outlandish claims and conspiracy theories.

-Scott Morrison to talk SL Tamil issue with Sushma
Australia will be raising the issue of the 153 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers with India on Tuesday, when Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and home minister Rajnath Singh.

-Video: Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes
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-Reduce sacrificial animals: CJ tells M’waran Kovil
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-Tax concession for bank employees
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today decided to remove the taxes imposed on employees in the state and private sector financial institutions imposed under the 1857/8 special gazette notification.

-Video: Rs.700 mn worth heroin seized
Over a hundred kilogrammes of heroin worth about Rs.700 million found hidden inside moulding machines imported from Karachchi, Pakistan were seized by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Orugodawatta container yard today, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said.
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