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US gas leaks not caused by fracking 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:16:30 GMT 
    A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.


Call for further cut in sugar intake 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:36:50 GMT 
    The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.


Brains may 'resist Alzheimer's' 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:15:55 GMT 
    A small study suggests some people's brains may have the ability to resist early Alzheimer's damage.


Gerrard 'jealous' during Euro absence 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:25:15 GMT 
    Steven Gerrard has been "craving" Champions League football after watching rivals in the competition during Liverpool's five-year absence.


Hull City 2-2 West Ham United 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:44 GMT 
    Enner Valencia scores a stunner for West Ham, who come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Hull in the Premier League.


The photographer who rejected racism 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:31:12 GMT 
    Hugh Mangum, a photographer from North Carolina, defied racial segregation in the early 1900s and opened up his studio to people from all walks of life


The memory of hell among the sunflowers 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:43:59 GMT 
    When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, rescue workers, local residents and journalists rushed to the site - what they saw had a deep and lasting impact.


UN takes over CAR peace mission 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:34:09 GMT 
    The UN formally takes over peacekeeping operations in Central African Republic, where about 25% of the population has fled their homes.


Afghan rape death sentences upheld 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:39:09 GMT 
    An Afghan court upholds the death sentences for five men convicted of gang raping four women, in a case which has sparked national outrage.


Sweden victor vows no far-right pact 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:42:29 GMT 
    Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven says he is ready to start coalition talks after winning elections, but will not work with the far right.


Team's 'naked' kit 'unacceptable' 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:40:00 GMT 
    A Colombian team is warned by cycling chiefs after their unusual kit made the female riders look naked.


Egypt activist to be freed on bail 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:13:56 GMT 
    An Egyptian court orders the release on bail of one of the country's most prominent pro-democracy activists, Alaa Abdul Fattah.


Top US honour for Vietnam soldiers 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:23:41 GMT 
    US President Barack Obama awards the nation's top military award to two soldiers for acts of bravery during the Vietnam War.


Passport delay victims 'need refund' 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:07 GMT 
    Passport applicants who paid £30 extra to avoid missing travel because of processing delays should get refunds, MPs say.


Stephen's £5m to fund cancer units 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:09:15 GMT 
    Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton are revealed.
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