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World News From BBC

Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:57:44 GMT
Turkey is to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to Kobane to fight Islamic State militants, its foreign minister says. 
Two Japan ministers quit amid rows  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:45:42 GMT
Two of five women in Japan's cabinet resign over funding scandals, in a blow to PM Shinzo Abe's plans to bring more women into top-level politics. 
Nigeria declared free of Ebola  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:50:29 GMT
The World Health Organization declares Nigeria officially free of Ebola - hailing it a "spectacular success story" - after six weeks with no new cases. 
Amnesty deplores abuses in Ukraine  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:31:44 GMT
Amnesty International finds evidence of atrocities committed by both warring sides in eastern Ukraine, but not on the scale reported by Russia. 
Kate's second baby due in April  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:03:04 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April next year, Kensington Palace says. 
Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:07:58 GMT
Joko Widodo, the charismatic outsider who won Indonesia's presidency, calls for national reconciliation and unity as he is sworn in. 
Australia lifts parliament veil ban  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:57:00 GMT
Australia reverses a rule which would have restricted access to the parliament building in Canberra for women wearing full-face Islamic veils. 
PM's EU migrant plan 'by Christmas'  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:34:45 GMT
David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of migrants to work in the UK before the end of 2014 as Jose Manuel Barroso warns about leaving the EU. 
China's communist leaders gather  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:23:21 GMT
A key meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders focusing on the rule of law and fighting corruption has begun in Beijing. 
Pakistan charity boss 'heartbroken'  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:34:11 GMT
One of Pakistan's top charity leaders tells the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint. 
Modi party to form state governments  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:52:21 GMT
India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states. 
Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:58 GMT
The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests. 
Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:08 GMT
British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had colon cancer, has died aged 66, her agent confirms. 
VIDEO: Investigation into US 'pumpkin riot'  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:26:17 GMT
An annual pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire, turned violent as the event descended into a night of rioting. 
VIDEO: 'Hero' rescues man from burning house  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:26:37 GMT
A man has been rescued from a burning house in California in the US.