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VIDEO: Incontinence lingerie on NZ catwalk 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:09:35 GMT 
    An unusual show at New Zealand's fashion week - one showing off a new type of lingerie that can be used for incontinence.

VIDEO: Migrants 'pick up litter or face jail' 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:28:27 GMT 
    Residents on the Greek island of Agathonisi say they need help to deal with the large number of refugees arriving there on a daily basis.

VIDEO: 'Unprecedented protests' in Japan 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:35:09 GMT 
    Thousands of people have protested outside of Japan's parliament against new legislation that would allow the military to deploy overseas.

Making sense of Middle East wars 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:34:51 GMT 
    The fight against Islamic State has led to four wars and counting, writes Jonathan Marcus.

Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US? 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:37:35 GMT 
    Why does a country thousands of miles away matter so much to the US and, in particular, President Obama, asks Karen Allen.

What will warships look like in 2050? 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:01:25 GMT 
    Futuristic images of what Royal Navy vessels could look like in 2050 have been developed by British scientists and engineers.

Why India needs a new debate on caste quotas 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:05:05 GMT 
    Shashi Tharoor on why India needs a new debate on affirmative action after last week's caste-related violence in Gujarat that claimed at least eight lives.

Fish and snake battle caught on film 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:21:49 GMT 
    An Australian spear fisherman captures one of the world's most venomous fish and a deadly snake in the middle of a fight for life.

Russia's leaders in workout session 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:11:51 GMT 
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are pictured working out and sharing breakfast at Mr Putin's summer residence.

'Massive gas discovery' off Egypt coast 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:33:26 GMT 
    Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast.

Chinese shares lead Asia lower 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:58:58 GMT 
    Chinese shares are lower on fears of further market volatility and ahead of economic data expected to point to a further economic slowdown.

Ashley Madison founder steps down 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:41:31 GMT 
    The founder and chief executive of the Ashley Madison extra-marital affair website, Noel Biderman, steps down following data hack.

Instagram images no longer all square 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:35:51 GMT 
    Instagram is allowing its 300 million users to post landscape and portrait videos and pictures, as well as squares, for the first time.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:42:42 GMT 
    British neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks dies at the age of 82.

Hynde under fire for rape remarks 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:52:29 GMT 
    Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde comes under fire for comments in an interview suggesting it can be a woman's fault if she is raped.
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