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Chinese cinema set for record year 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:41:50 GMT 
    Chinese cinema box office revenue surges 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show.

Marcos art seized in Philippines 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT 
    Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds.

New images from Flight MH370 hunt 
  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:24:12 GMT 
    The team looking for missing flight MH370 releases detailed images of the seabed for the first time, revealing extinct volcanoes and deep depressions.

Complex molecule discovered in space 
  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:56:38 GMT 
    The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

Antibiotic 'link to child obesity' 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:02:29 GMT 
    A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

Children hit by tooth decay at three 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:28:02 GMT 
    More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

Pardew set to stay as Newcastle boss 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:08:32 GMT 
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's job is thought to be safe for the time being, despite his side being second bottom of the top flight.

Azinger open to Ryder Cup return 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:42:14 GMT 
    Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger will not rule out returning to lead the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

One people, 1,200 sausages 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:18:46 GMT 
    The history of Germany in beer and bratwurst.

A jihadist beheading in middle America? 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:20:24 GMT 
    It is still unclear whether a man who beheaded his co-worker did so in a violent rage, or as an act of jihad.

Recalculation boosts Kenyan economy 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:32:29 GMT 
    Kenya's economy is believed to be 25% larger than previously estimated following a change in the way its size is calculated.

India teacher 'locked boy in kennel' 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:37:19 GMT 
    Authorities in India investigate reports that a five-year-old boy was allegedly locked up in a kennel by his school teacher as punishment for talking to another child in class.

Cyprus thieves steal Degas painting 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:31 GMT 
    Thieves break into the Cyprus home of a 70-year-man and steal a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at 6m euros.

Venezuela defends Clorox seizure 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:34:46 GMT 
    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro defends his government's decision to seize a US-owned factory following the departure from Venezuela of Clorox.

Israel points to Iran as main threat 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:17:04 GMT 
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that a nuclear Iran is a bigger threat to the world than Islamic State (IS) militants.
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