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VIDEO: Obama refuses ice bucket challenge

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:48
Barack Obama has said he will not be taking part in the ice bucket challenge, a fundraising stunt which involves people drenching themselves with cold water.

'Nico and I will be racing flat out'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:38
In his latest BBC column, Lewis Hamilton talks about the title race, and says he is glad he did not rush into an F1 drive when he was too young.

VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:19
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive

India's Kerala to ban alcohol sales

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:57
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.

Fresh talks due in firefighters' row

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:23
Efforts to break a deadlock in a long-running row over firefighters' pensions are being ramped up with fresh talks later.

Foreign visits 'rose fastest in SW'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:21
The number of overseas tourists visiting the South West in 2013 grew at a faster rate than anywhere else in Britain, according to VisitBritain.

London 'Europe's dearest culture hub'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:56
London is the most expensive city in Europe for cultural activities, with Warsaw the cheapest, a survey suggests.

India blocks Gandhi murder film

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:31
India blocks the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorifies her killers.

Quiz of the week's news

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:05
Why was this man refused entry to Dubai?

The town at the centre of Britain

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:05
The town that would have to rebrand if Scotland votes Yes

Navi Pillay rebukes Security Council

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:05
UN's human rights chief Navi Pillay strongly criticises the UN Security Council for its failure to prevent conflicts around the world.

How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:03
How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking

What are the main reasons men pay for sex?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:02
What are the main reasons men pay for sex?

Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet expectations?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:53
Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet voters' expectations?

Stench of decay turns coral away

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:44
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

Venezuela 'to fingerprint shoppers'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:42
Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.

Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:32
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.

Double vaccines 'could end polio'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:31
Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests.

Dutch grapple with jihadist threat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:24
Dutch grapple with jihadist threat from some young Muslims

GPs criticised over online services

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:15
Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to a Scottish think tank.