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Chinese foot binding

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:44
Women whose feet were bound in China

Royal Navy carrier to be retired

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:06
The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious is to be retired next month after 32 years of service.

The young 'barefooters' making bowls cool

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:03
How young people have made an ancient ball game cool

Peers criticise emergency data laws

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:02
The government comes under fire in the Lords over emergency legislation giving the security services access to people's phone and internet records.

South Wales to get new £1bn motorway

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:52
A route for a £1bn motorway for south Wales to ease congestion around Cardiff and Newport is announced to mixed reaction.

59 arrested in paedophile inquiry

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:46
A scout leader, foster carer and an ex-police officer are among 59 people arrested in Wales in an operation against suspected paedophiles.

AUDIO: From crime to a first in criminology

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:33
Natalie Atkinson fell into a life of crime at the age of 12 but has since become a star student, gaining a first class degree in criminology.

VIDEO: Will a female Thor defeat her critics?

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:22
Marvel shake up the the comic book fraternity by casting a woman as Thor.

A man with a plan for six Californias

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:43
Is it so big it should be split into six states?

Germany accuses Russia over Ukraine

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:22
Germany criticises Russia for failing to meet commitments to end the continuing violence in Ukraine, and says it may face further EU sanctions.

Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:48
Honda's Asimo robot has grown up - its latest upgrade gives it enhanced intelligence, added dexterity and the ability to run 5.6mph.

VIDEO: Centenarians remember WW1 100 years on

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:40
BBC News hears from two of the centenarians at a special tea party held to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

'Escort' denies killing Google exec

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:40
A woman alleged to be a prostitute pleads not guilty to injecting a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht.

Man 'interested in children as food'

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:39
A nurse who allegedly planned to meet a 14-year-old girl so he could kill and eat her told police he found children interesting as a food source, a court hears.

Pundits' picks: Who will win the 2014 Open?

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:33
Who will win the 2014 Open at Hoylake?

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Bergdahl retains civilian lawyer

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:03
Ex-Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl retains his lawyer amid an ongoing Army investigation into his 2009 disappearance from a base in Afghanistan.

'Threats' made to Cyril Smith police

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:01
A friend of Cyril Smith made "veiled threats" to a senior detective investigating sex abuse claims against the Liberal MP, a report reveals.

'Abused children' rescued in Mexico

Wed, 2014-07-16 09:51
Mexican police rescue more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children's home in the western state of Michoacan.

School meals may face 'difficulties'

Wed, 2014-07-16 09:38
Nick Clegg admits primary schools may have "difficulties" in providing free meals for under-sevens, as councils and schools complain about the impact on their budgets.
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