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Russia 'hits IS in Syria from Caspian' 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:58:09 GMT 
    Russia launches rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

MSF demands Kunduz war crimes probe 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:07:28 GMT 
    Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres wants a never-used body to investigate the US bombing of its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

DNA repair wins chemistry Nobel 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:51:50 GMT 
    The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for discoveries in DNA repair.

Migrant crisis 'needs more Europe' 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:24:35 GMT 
    The French and German leaders urge EU members to act together to tackle the migrant crisis which has seen more than 600,000 people arrive this year.

New VW chairman pleads for time 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:56:39 GMT 
    Hans Dieter Poetsch says VW's investigation into the emissions scandal will take time, after being appointed the company's new chairman.

Belarus 'does not need' Russia air base 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:29:04 GMT 
    Belarus does not need a Russian air base, President Alexander Lukashenko says, despite growing pressure from Moscow to establish such a facility.

Arrests over Sydney police shooting 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:32:45 GMT 
    Four people are arrested in dawn raids in Sydney in connection with the fatal shooting last week of police worker Curtis Cheng outside a police station.

Digital memory 'eroding human memory' 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:00:15 GMT 
    An over-reliance on using computers and search engines is weakening people's memories, according to a study.

Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:02:57 GMT 
    A Palestinian has been shot dead after wounding two Israelis in an attack in Israel, officials say, hours after another stabbing in Jerusalem.

Mobiles to load news articles faster 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:22:05 GMT 
    A scheme pioneered by Google and backed by the BBC and other publishers will allows articles to download faster on mobile devices.

Model accuses Bill Cosby of assault 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:13:59 GMT 
    A 25-year-old model files a lawsuit against US comedian Bill Cosby alleging he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008.

Banned drugs found in 3,800 samples 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:18:12 GMT 
    Banned substances were found in nearly 4,000 samples worldwide in 2014, according to World Anti-Doping Agency figures.

VIDEO: 'Nuclear smuggler' police raid filmed 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:02:04 GMT 
    Attempts by smugglers to sell nuclear material to extremist groups in the Middle East are thwarted by police in Moldova working with the FBI.

VIDEO: Who is fighting whom in Syria? 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:23:48 GMT 
    Who’s fighting whom in Syria? Jonathan Marcus explains in 90 seconds.

VIDEO: Toddler's head re-attached to spine 
  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:15:17 GMT 
    A toddler is expected to make a full recovery after a near-fatal car accident caused his head to detach from his spine.
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