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East Timor PM Gusmao offers to quit

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:53
East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao - who led the nation to independence from Indonesia in 2002 - submits his resignation letter.

Custody cells 'among worst seen'

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:27
Custody suites in Kent are "among the worst" seen by inspectors, with racist and pornographic graffiti daubed on the walls, the prison watchdog says.

Harvard bans student-teacher affairs

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:24
Harvard University introduces a total ban on relationships between professors and students in bid to stop sexual harassment.

VIDEO: Winter snow 'breaks Europe records'

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:05
Severe winter weather has been causing chaos for many across parts of Europe, including Sweden, Italy and Spain.

Southern China market blaze kills 17

Thu, 2015-02-05 19:59
A fire in a small wholesale market in southern China's Guangdong province kills 17 people, state media say.

Wild birds 'may spread flu virus'

Thu, 2015-02-05 19:02
Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

Mental health detentions 'a scandal'

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:44
The number of people with mental health illnesses being detained in police cells is a "scandal", and the practice must end, MPs say.

Leaders to push for Ukraine truce

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:28
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks in Russia to try to end renewed fighting in east Ukraine.

New advice for flying when pregnant

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:27
The safest time to fly during pregnancy is before 37 weeks and, if you are carrying twins, before 32 weeks, new advice says.

Australian MPs seek leadership vote

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:11
Two Australian Liberal MPs say they will call a leadership challenge against beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Army 'needs more minority recruits'

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:04
The Army must do more to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) personnel, its top officer says.

Assange policing costs reach £10m

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:00
Police have spent about £10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there.

New York crash train 'not speeding'

Thu, 2015-02-05 17:42
Investigators probing a rail accident which killed six people near New York City say the train was not travelling too fast, officials report.

China detains Canadian over secrets

Thu, 2015-02-05 17:24
China says it is holding a Canadian man on suspicion of stealing state secrets but releases his wife on bail, six months after they were detained.

Venezuela arrests retail executives

Thu, 2015-02-05 17:19
The Venezuelan authorities have arrested two more top executives under legislation aimed at controlling skyrocketing inflation.

VIDEO: Hunt under fire over 'nuns' remark

Thu, 2015-02-05 17:13
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has been criticised for remarks he made about the teaching of nuns, on the BBC's Question Time programme.

Jordan's IS raids 'just the start'

Thu, 2015-02-05 17:10
Jordan says its air strikes on Islamic State targets are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the killing of a captured army pilot.

Radical NHS changes 'disastrous'

Thu, 2015-02-05 16:51
Huge changes to the way the NHS in England works have been "disastrous" and distracted from patient care, a damning report by a think tank says.

Moderator to meet Pope in Rome

Thu, 2015-02-05 16:44
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to have a private audience with the Pope in Rome.

Half of Scots firms 'based at home'

Thu, 2015-02-05 16:42
Home-based enterprises account for half of all Scots businesses and sustain 17% of private sector jobs in Scotland, research suggests.