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More than 3m have fled Syria - UN

The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.

Nato crisis meeting on Ukraine

Nato is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the eastern Ukraine crisis, after presenting more evidence of direct Russian military involvement.

Iceland eruption triggers red alert

The Icelandic Met Office raises its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight.

IS militants 'behead Kurdish man'

The Islamic State group releases a video appearing to show militants killing a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting it in northern Iraq.

N Korea retracts cheerleader offer

North Korea retracts a decision to send cheerleaders to South Korea for the Asian Games, accusing Seoul of quibbling over details.

No charges in US accidental shooting

Officials say there will be no charges following an incident in which a nine-year-old girl fatally shot a gun range instructor.

Pakistan army to mediate in protest

Pakistan's powerful army chief to mediate in deadlock between PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in Islamabad.

Ford 'threatened' fellow school coach

As a youth football coach, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly threatened a teacher and made players roll in goose droppings, newly released documents say.

Ebola Africa travel bans to be axed

West African health ministers meeting in Ghana follow WHO advice and lift travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

'Dead' Indian activist found alive

An Indian activist thought to have died in a car fire is found alive in Bangalore and accused by police of faking his death over a woman.

DNA tells story of Arctic peopling

A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

Indian elephant creates own art

Paintings by an Indian elephant go on sale at a gallery in the capital, Delhi, to help raise money to protect the endangered animals.

VIDEO: Close shave for Shaun the sheep

A sheep called Shaun has been shorn for the first time in his life and his fleece has weighed in at a huge 23 kilograms.

India cow row 'settled by DNA tests'

A woman in southern India is set to win a court battle to keep a cow after DNA tests proved it belongs to her, her lawyer says.

US supermarket sale ends bitter feud

The US supermarket chain Market Basket agrees to sell to former boss Arthur T Demoulas, ending a months-long strike amongst workers and customers.

Police seize video gamer live on cam

Armed police dramatically raid the office of a video gamer near Denver, US - and the incident was broadcast live online.

Argentina general strike 'success'

Labour groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stage a second general strike this year and claim success.

Brazil Amazon loggers arrested

Brazilian police arrest eight members of a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest, committing crimes worth millions of dollars.

Nigeria launches electronic ID cards

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan formally launches a national electronic identity card, which can also be used to make payments.

Caf stands firm on Nations Cup venues

Caf declares there will be no further changes to September's Nations Cup qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears.

Malaysia Airlines expects more losses

Malaysia Airlines says the full financial impact of the two tragedies to hit the company will be seen in the second half of the year.

UN peacekeepers held in Golan

Forty-three UN peacekeepers are being held by an armed group in the Syrian Golan Heights, amid heavy fighting between rebels and the army.

Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country's first ever public vote for head of state.

EU widens aid to dairy exporters

The EU announces emergency help for dairy producers hit by the Russian ban on food imports from the EU.

Morsi investigated over 'Qatar leak'

Egypt has opened an investigation into ousted President Mohammed Morsi for allegedly handing over secret files to Qatar, state media report.

France urges special Libya support

French President Francois Hollande calls for an "exceptional" UN intervention in Libya, warning of chaos unless action is taken.

Tesco cuts its profit forecast

The struggling supermarket Tesco cuts its profit forecast and the new chief executive's start date has been brought forward to Monday.

Police hunt for boy taken from ward

Police launch a "major investigation" to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who was taken without consent from Southampton General Hospital by his parents.

Japan's economy signals weakness

Japan's economy shows signs of stagnation and weakness as households spent less and factory output stays flat in July.

Virgin Australia trebles losses

Virgin Australia posts an after-tax loss of A$355.6m ($332.6m; £200.5m) for the full year ending in June, triple the firm's previous year's losses for the period.


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