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MH17 victims begin long journey home 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:31:38 GMT 
    The first planes leave Ukraine carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning.


UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes' 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:27 GMT 
    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks.


Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:02:44 GMT 
    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.


France jails pro-Palestinian rioters 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:50:04 GMT 
    A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence.


Quarantine over China plague death 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:47:27 GMT 
    Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.


Rival to challenge Indonesia result 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:20:03 GMT 
    The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.


Geldof died of heroin overdose 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:19:48 GMT 
    Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules.


China detains five over meat scandal 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:11 GMT 
    China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.


Green light for Crimea gambling zone 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:37:28 GMT 
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law setting up a gambling zone in Crimea, the territory Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.


Key bridge blown up in Nigeria 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:18:34 GMT 
    Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, local residents tell the BBC.


Commonwealth edged out of Booker 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT 
    Writers from many Commonwealth countries are sidelined from the Booker Prize longlist, after the award is opened up to US writers for the first time.


Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT 
    The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.


VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT 
    Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.


VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT 
    Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.


VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:12:00 GMT 
    As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.
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