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Flash flood derails India trains
At least 24 people are killed as a flash flood derails two trains on a bridge in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, officials say.

Experts to examine 'MH370 wing part'
Experts are due to examine part of a wing that washed up on the island of Reunion last week and is thought to have belonged to missing flight MH370.

Hopes fade for champion freediver
Natalia Molchanova, the 53-year-old Russian champion freediver, is feared dead after going missing on Sunday.

Zimbabwe 'Cecil hunter' case delayed
The court case of the professional Zimbabwean hunter who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion is postponed until September.

India lifts porn ban after outrage
India decides to lift a blanket ban on 857 pornographic websites, following widespread outrage over the move.

War declared on athletics - Coe
Allegations of widespread doping in athletics are "a declaration of war" on the sport, says IAAF vice-president Lord Coe.

Loss of world's rarest ape charted
The decline of the Hainan gibbon - the world's rarest primate - has been revealed by a trawl through historical Chinese documents.

S Korea ex-first lady visits North
The widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung travels to the North, saying she hopes to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Israel jails settler without trial
Israel takes the unusual step of jailing a suspected Jewish militant without trial, amid a tightening of measures against Jewish extremists.

Gaddafi 'abuse' video investigated
Authorities in the Libyan capital Tripoli investigate a video that appears to show Saadi Gaddafi and other prisoners being beaten in jail.

Brosnan had knife in hand luggage
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan is stopped by US airport security for carrying a knife in his hand luggage.

China detains 'cross row' Christians
China detains seven Christians for embezzlement, but their lawyer says they are being punished for protesting against their church cross being removed.

VIDEO: Aerial views of Olympic preparations
The BBC's Wyre Davies takes a helicopter tour over Rio de Janeiro to survey the preparations for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

VIDEO: Must See: Levitating hoverboard unveiled
A levitating hoverboard which runs on a specially constructed magnetic skate park near Barcelona in Spain has been unveiled.

VIDEO: Hiroshima survivor recalls horrors
Thursday marks 70 years to the day since the United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

VIDEO: Flash floods derail India trains
Two passenger trains in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed minutes apart on a partially flooded bridge, killing at least 24 people.

VIDEO: 'Rocky' wildfire burns through wine country
Evacuation orders are issued to thousands of residents in Northern California as firefighters struggle to contain a series of blazes in the area.

VIDEO: Picasso worth $27m seized from boat
A Picasso painting worth more than $27m (17m) has been seized and impounded by French custom officials in Corsica.

VIDEO: New Suez canal divides Egyptians
Ordinary Egyptians consider whether the huge investment in a new lane for the Suez Canal, which is due to be unveiled on 6 August, is value for money.

VIDEO: Reunion islanders in debris search
People in Reunion have been combing the beaches looking for further debris that could be linked to missing flight MH370.

Chastened Assad faces up to reality
The Syrian President has been forced to acknowledge setbacks as he fights for the survival of his regime, says Jim Muir.

Sweden offers no easy immigration answers
Sweden has welcomed migrants to the country, but that does not mean it has been plain sailing, says Shaun Ley.

What's behind the 'anti-vax' movement?
Four experts share their thoughts on the anti-vaccination movement.

Trouble in orbit: the growing problem of space junk
Dr Hugh Lewis examines the threat posed by growing amounts of space junk, and outlines some possible solutions.

Adam Goodes 'spear' auctioned online
The race row over Australian footballer Adam Goodes shifts to online auction house eBay with a mock sale of his "spear".

Rock stacks reveal 'jumping' quakes
Scientists solve the riddle of why precariously balanced rocks near the San Andreas fault have never been toppled by earthquakes - revealing crucial interactions between faultlines.

Global economic growth 'to slow'
The NIESR think tank predicts global economic growth will slow this year to the lowest rate since the financial crisis.

Greek bank stocks down for third day
Greek bank shares have fallen sharply for a third day, continuing the trend seen since the stock exchange re-opened at the start of the week.

First 3D-printed pill approved in US
In a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given go-ahead for a 3D printed pill to go into production.

Hackers target internet address flaw
Hackers are exploiting a serious flaw in the internet's architecture, according to a security firm.

Boone-Isaacs re-elected AMPAS head
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is re-elected as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a third term.

Dame Julie to direct My Fair Lady
Dame Julie Andrews - the original star of My Fair Lady - is set to direct a 60th anniversary production at the Sydney Opera House next year.

Bonobos' clue to speech evolution
A study finds that wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a linguistic flexibility that was thought to be uniquely human.

Obama plan 'hope' for Paris deal
The UK government welcomes President Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gases and boost clean power.

Pancreatic cancer urine test hope
A simple urine test which could detect pancreatic cancer much earlier than at present is developed by scientists.

US hospitals warned on drug pump use
The US Food and Drug Administration is 'strongly encouraging' hospitals not to use a drug pump system made by a leading medical supplier.

Mayweather to face Berto in September
Undefeated American Floyd Mayweather will attempt to match Rocky Marciano's record of 49 victories without defeat against Andre Berto.

Wednesday's gossip column
Manchester United set for 20m Pedro deal, Chelsea to bid 30m for John Stones, Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid, plus more.

Terror on the beach
Thirty-eight people were killed by a gunman at the Tunisian resort of Sousse. Here survivors tell their story.

A tourist in the land of the ayatollahs
Iran hasn't presented an inviting face to the outside world over the last few decades, but the UK Foreign Office now says it's fine to visit - so what's it like?

Lake Victoria collision kills two
Two children die as a passenger boat capsizes after colliding with a fishing vessel in Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

Sudan accused of bombing civilians
Amnesty International accuses Sudan's army of committing war crimes by bombing and shelling civilian areas in its South Kordofan region.

Australia court blocks giant mine
A court in Australia overturns government approval for what would have been one of world's biggest coal mines.

Malaysia warrant 'silencing media'
The UK-based editor of the Sarawak Report, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, accuses Malaysia of "silencing free media" after a warrant is issued for her arrest.

Operation Storm marked 20 years on
Croatia holds a military parade to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, while neighbouring Serbia mourns the victims.

EU and Vietnam in major trade deal
The EU and Vietnam have reached a free trade agreement - the second such EU deal with a South-East Asian nation.

Mexico condemns journalist's murder
Mexican officials say there will be no impunity in the case of five people, including journalist Ruben Espinosa, who were found murdered on Friday.

Colombia helicopter crash kills 16
A Black Hawk police helicopter crashes in a remote jungle area of Colombia, killing at least 16 officers.

Rebels 'driven from key Yemen base'
Pro-government forces in Yemen recapture the country's largest airbase after a fierce battle with Houthi rebels, government officials say.

Air strikes defend US-trained Syrians
US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained rebel fighters in Syria, the Pentagon confirms.

Perry misses out on Republican debate
Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, is not among the 10 White House hopefuls who will take part in the first Republican debate.

Sandra Bland's family sues police
The family of a black woman who died in police custody announces legal action against Texas authorities.

Which was the best travel photograph of the year?
Stunning photography from some of the planet's remotest locations.

Which was the best travel photograph of the year?
Stunning photography from some of the planet's remotest locations.

The 'sanitised narrative' of Hiroshima
Countering the sanitised US narrative of Hiroshima

The Pakistani hangman and his family tradition
The Pakistani hangman continuing a family tradition

VIDEO: Harvesting happiness on a Kenyan farm
The extreme happiness of an African farmer

The day I ordered pizza that 'doesn't exist'
The day I ordered a pizza that 'doesn't exist'

The luxury watches that have caused international outcry
Four luxury watches that have caused an outcry

How spy agencies hack mobile phones
How intelligence agencies hack mobile phones

Why might women feel temperature differently from men?
Why might women feel temperature differently to men?

Making a vineyard out of a slag heap
How France has learned to love its slag heaps

Olympic odysseys: Five global stories
Five remarkable stories from athletes on path to Rio



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