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Ukraine court backs self-rule plan 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:22:01 GMT 
    Ukraine's top court says rebel-held areas in the east can get limited self-rule - but MPs are yet to vote on the changes.

Five killed in PKK attacks in Turkey 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:44:20 GMT 
    Separate PKK attacks in Turkey on a police station and railway leave two police, two attackers, and a railway worker dead, officials say.

Soldiers guard El Salvador buses 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:23:11 GMT 
    El Salvador provides security escorts for buses forced to observe a strike called by criminal gangs, after several drivers were killed.

More arrests in Chile burning case 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:41:09 GMT 
    A further five Chilean ex-army soldiers are charged over the burning of two teenagers during a 1986 protest against Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Nato agrees support for Iraqi army 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:59:32 GMT 
    Nato members agree measures to strengthen Iraq's security forces, which have suffered near-collapse in the face of an Islamic State offensive.

Etihad sued over obese passenger 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:56:36 GMT 
    An Australian plane passenger, who says he suffered back pain after being seated next to an overweight man, is suing Etihad Airways.

US Good Samaritans killed by driver 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:22:02 GMT 
    An 18-year-old man has been arrested after police say he shot and killed two people who stopped to help him along a road in a Montana Indian reservation.

Charleston gunman pleads not guilty 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:17:30 GMT 
    Charleston gunman Dylann Roof pleads not guilty to federal charges including hate crimes

In pictures: Ecology photo prize 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:56:44 GMT 
    BMC Ecology's 2015 competition winners

In pictures: Ecology photo prize 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:56:44 GMT 
    BMC Ecology's 2015 competition winners

We told the king we had HIV 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:08:18 GMT 
    We told the king we had HIV - and taught a country not to fear

Quiz of the week's news 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:08:25 GMT 
    What was Prince George's $28,000 birthday present?

VIDEO: 'Cajun John Wayne' calls out criminals 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:04:08 GMT 
    The tough US cop's YouTube challenge to wanted criminals

From boom to bust in Swiss border towns 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:25:18 GMT 
    From boom to bust in Swiss border towns

Russian debtors despair as boom turns to bust 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:08:40 GMT 
    Roubles dry up for millions of Russians
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