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BBC World News
Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800
Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as the death toll in the 18-day-old conflict passes 800.
'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.
Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks
The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies are flown out.
Ferry owner death cause 'unknown'
South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster.
Fifteen killed in Afghan bus attack
Suspected Taliban gunmen kill 15 bus passengers from the minority Hazara community in the central Afghan province of Ghor, officials say.
Australia brings asylum group ashore
A group of 157 asylum seekers held at sea will be brought to the Australian mainland to be detained, the immigration minister says.
BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.
Wildlife loss link to child slavery
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
Shift workers 'face diabetes risk'
Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, with effects on waistlines, hormones and sleep increasing the risk, a study suggests.
US reporter believed held in Iran
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists appear to have been detained in Tehran, the newspaper says.
McDonald's halts nuggets sales in HK
Fast-food chain McDonald's suspends sale of chicken nuggets in Hong Kong over the out of date meat scandal at a Chinese supplier.
'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
VIDEO: 'Fluffy' dinosaur theory sparks debate
All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study published in the journal, Science, suggests.
VIDEO: Yoga all at sea
SUP yoga, or stand up paddleboard yoga, involves most of the moves of normal yoga, but is done on a paddleboard in the water.
VIDEO: Secrets of royal childhoods revealed
A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace is revealing what is is like to grow up in the Royal Family.
VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic.
VIDEO: Water ATMs bring clean water to Delhi
The authorities is Delhi are piloting water dispensing machines to bring clean water to residents.
VIDEO: 'You can hear the bombs and missiles'
More than 800 people have died in the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East, and despite calls for a ceasefire, the fighting continues.
VIDEO: No sleep for family in new Gaza
The BBC's Yolande Knell visits a family in Gaza struggling to maintain their day-to-day lives as the conflict between Hamas and Israel rages.
Yahoo World News
Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and Hamas-led Islamist fighters setting seemingly irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin by a Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones from Egypt, while aides made clear his patience was limited. The urgency was spurred on Thursday by the killing of 15 people as they sheltered at a U.N.-run school in the northern Gaza Strip, which local officials blamed on Israeli shelling. Israel said its forces had come under attack from Palestinian guerrillas in the area of the school and that they had shot back.
Bad weather likely cause of fatal Air Algerie crash: French officials
By Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. "French soldiers who are on the ground have started the first investigations. Sadly there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters.
China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year
China investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014, state media said on Friday, amid a nationwide crackdown on graft. Nearly 85 percent of the cases investigators pursued involved bribes of more than 50,000 yuan ($8,000) or embezzlement of 100,000 yuan, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the country's top prosecutor, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP). China's leadership under President Xi Jinping has presided over an anti-graft campaign to shore up a ruling mandate shaken by suspicion that officials waste taxpayer money or use their positions for personal advantage. Xi has said graft threatens the survival of the ruling Communist Party.
Islamic State tells Iraqi women: wear full veil or face harsh punishment
By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment. The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad, also listed guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn, part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam. "The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing," said the Islamic State in a statement. "This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theater for the eyes of those who are looking." A cleric in Mosul told Reuters that Islamic State gunmen had shown up at his mosque and ordered him to read their warning on loudspeakers when worshipers gather.
Australia to send 100 extra police, troops to Ukraine: PM Abbott
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, some of whom will be armed, will join a contingent of 90 AFP officers already in London waiting for a deal with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to be approved by Ukraine's parliament. "This is a humanitarian mission, with a clear and simple objective," Abbott told reporters. "I expect the operation on the ground in Ukraine, should the deployment go ahead, to last no longer than a few weeks." Abbott announced on Thursday that 50 police officers had been deployed to London ahead of the mission, but a police spokeswoman said on Friday that the number was 90.
Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria
A group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria, possibly heading towards Norway, police said on Friday. Norwegian armed police were deployed for a second day at high-risk locations including airports and train stations, after the police's intelligence unit said on Thursday it received credible information that an attack might take place in the country in coming days. "We have received information that a group of fighters have left Syria with the aim of carrying out terror attack in the West and Norway was specifically mentioned among their targets," Jon Fitje Hoffmann, the chief analyst for the Police Security Service told TV2 in an interview on Friday. Hoffmann would not say if the fighters had a specific connection to Norway or if they were part of the country's Muslim community.
Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run. Yonhap News Agency said Friday that Yoo Dae-gyun was picked up from an office south of Seoul, just three days after his billionaire father was found dead.
Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption
BAGHDAD (AP) — Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams is out of the Commonwealth Games after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.
No survivors from Air Algerie plane crash: French president
France announced on Friday there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly after take-off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. The wreckage of the McDonnell Douglas 83 plane, operated by Spanish charter firm Swiftair on behalf of Air Algerie, was located 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border in Mali's Gossi region.
Air France to avoid Mali crash site as 'precaution'
Air France-KLM is to avoid flying over the site in northern Mali of the crashed Air Algerie airline as a "precautionary measure", a spokesman for the French group said on Friday. The spokesman said the company would continue to serve the Malian capital Bamako, but using other flight paths to the west of the crash site in northern Mali. French officials said earlier they believed poor weather was the likely cause of Thursday's crash of an Air Algerie flight between Burkina Faso and Algeria.
Hannover signs Hiroshi Kiyotake from Nuremberg
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover says it has signed Japan attacking midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake from relegated Bundesliga rival Nuremberg.
Iranians tell Palestinians to fight against Israel-state TV
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported. They chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza. State media said "millions" of people joined the rallies nationwide, which were called to mark Iran's annual day of solidarity with Palestinians. The Iranian government has condemned Israel's offensive against Gaza, which has killed more than 800 people, most of them civilians.
Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour de France
MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.
Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.
UK economy grows to surpass pre-crisis peak
LONDON (AP) — Britain's economy has grown to surpass the peak it reached in 2008, before the global banking crisis caused a deep recession, official figures showed Friday.
Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.
Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash
PARIS (AP) — French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.
Tourist shot dead in Kenya was German: police
Kenyan police said Friday a female tourist shot dead in the coastal city of Mombasa was from Germany, the second such killing of a foreign visitor by gunmen there this month. The woman, who has not been named but was in her late 20s, was with her Ugandan companion when they were shot by attackers on Thursday, senior police commander in the port city Geoffrey Mayek said. "The German lady and the Ugandan man arrived in Mombasa on Thursday, they were to stay for two days," Mayek said. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but Kenya has been hit by a recent wave of attacks blamed on Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, as well as local armed gangs.
Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday. Australia has 90 federal police officers in Europe ready to be deployed to the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. Some of the officers could be armed, and would be accompanied by members of Australia's defense force, he said.
BBC Sports News
BBC Americas News
Arizona halts executions amid review
Arizona halts executions pending a review of its death penalty procedures, after the allegedly botched lethal injection of a convicted murderer.
US reporter believed held in Iran
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists appear to have been detained in Tehran, the newspaper says.
Suspect: Detroit shooting 'accident'
A man charged with killing an unarmed black woman on his suburban Detroit porch in November initially told police it was an accident, a jury hears.
Obama urges action over tax scheme
US President Barack Obama urges lawmakers to end a tax loophole that allows US companies to avoid paying US corporate taxes.
US court dismisses Chiquita lawsuit
A US court dismisses a lawsuit against Chiquita brought by Colombians who accuse the banana grower of paying fighters who tortured their relatives.
GM profits hit by recall problems
Earnings at the US carmaker General Motors slump because of the cost of vehicle recalls.
Wine fraudster sentencing delayed
A California wine dealer, who made $20m by selling fake vintage bottles to rich clients, faces years in prison when he is sentenced in New York.
US 'around the world' flier crashes
A US teenager and his father who crashed their plane during an attempt to fly around the world knew the risks, a relative says.
Barclays challenges US fraud case
Barclays challenges legal action brought by US prosecutors alleging fraud in its "dark pool" trading operations.
Europe lifts Tel Aviv flights ban
The European Aviation Safety Agency has joined the US in lifting its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'
Poland violated the human rights convention and helped the CIA's rendition of terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights finds.
Suspected Auschwitz guard dies in US
Johann Breyer, 89, has died awaiting extradition to Germany amid allegations he committed Nazi war crimes during World War Two.
VIDEO: Illegal child migration to US soars
In the last eight months alone, nearly 60,000 children have crossed the border illegally into the United States, in the hope of a better life.
VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.
VIDEO: Teen pilot dies in record attempt
A US teenager and his father who crashed during an attempt to fly around the world knew the risks of the journey, a relative has said
VIDEO: Wine fraudster to be sentenced in US
Rudy Kurniawan, who manufactured phony vintage wine in his kitchen, will be sentenced for fraud on Thursday.
VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.
VIDEO: Mayfly swarm fools radar
Millions of mayflies took to the air in Wisconsin, tricking radar into thinking it was raining
VIDEO: Bill and Hillary Clinton's 52-year deal
Bill Clinton says he made a deal with his wife Hillary that after she supported his political career for 26 years, he would do the same whatever career she chose.
The perils of sexy Facebook pictures
Study shows social media photos can have negative consequences, Indonesia's presidential election about more than Islam, and the end of Australia's carbon tax.
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