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Nuclear test debris 'persistent'

Tue, 2014-01-07 10:58
Radioactive particles from nuclear tests that took place decades ago persist in the upper atmosphere, a study suggests.

First chemical weapons leave Syria

Tue, 2014-01-07 10:40
The first consignment of chemical weapons materials leaves Syria on a Danish ship, as part of a UN-backed deal to destroy Syria's chemical arms.

Losing Walcott is a blow - Hodgson

Tue, 2014-01-07 10:14
England coach Roy Hodgson says losing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a blow.

CAR aid worker: We fear attack

Tue, 2014-01-07 10:00
An aid worker at a Catholic mission in Central African Republic tells the BBC he fears an imminent attack, while food supplies are running low for 3,000 refugees.

VIDEO: China smog 'turns air toxic grey'

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:38
Officials in China say they are confident green technology will help overcome the country's notoriously polluted air.

'No danger' over airport alert bag

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:35
Managers at Edinburgh Airport say the site has been declared safe following an alert over a passenger's baggage.

Iraq bodies decision 'unfortunate'

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:10
A decision to take Iraqi insurgents' bodies back to a British base after a firefight had "unfortunate" unforeseen consequences, the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry hears.

VIDEO: US snow: 'Indianapolis a ghost town'

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:03
ABC News reporter Ryan Owens said the Indianapolis governor told motorists on Monday it would be illegal to drive on interstate roads in the state of Indiana.

VIDEO: House of Commons

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:02
An attempt to boost research into mesothelioma is rejected by the Commons.

Syria rebel groups 'execute rivals'

Tue, 2014-01-07 09:01
Rebels from rival groups in north-west Syria are reported to have carried out mass killings amid an ongoing inter-rebel war, activists say.

Olympian Smith to make comeback

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:58
British gymnast Louis Smith is to resume training in an attempt to compete for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Turkey clears military over bombing

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:46
Turkish military prosecutors drop an investigation into the deaths of 34 Kurdish civilians in an air force bombing raid in 2011.

Shot PC 'made video death threat'

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:42
A policeman shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat threatened to hang himself on a video call while forcing his estranged wife to watch, an inquest hears.

British Museum buys Picasso linocuts

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:41
Two sets of unique Pablo Picasso linocuts, called Still Life under the Lamp and Jacqueline Reading, are acquired by the British Museum.

Ice cream seller held man as 'slave'

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:34
An ice cream seller admits imprisoning a 34-year-old man with learning difficulties in his garage and treating him "like a slave".

Scots P1-P3 pupils to get free meals

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:33
All Scottish pupils in first three years of primary school will get free school meals from January 2015, First Minister Alex Salmond announces.

Benefits Street 'encouraged crime'

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:32
Bosses of a documentary about a street in Birmingham are criticised for portraying residents in a bad light and encouraging criminal behaviour.

AUDIO: Dire Straits bassist on hearing loss

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:27
The bassist of rock band Dire Straits says more must be done to tackle hearing loss resulting from loud music.

Sky updates porn filter after block

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:27
Sky has tweaked its porn filters to stop them blocking news site TorrentFreak following a row about the effectiveness of the technology.

Cocaine cargo sent to German store

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:20
Police in Berlin find 140kg (309lb) of cocaine hidden in banana boxes which were sent to a budget supermarket chain in an apparent mistake by traffickers.

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