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Phelps claims win on return from ban

April 17, 2015 - 4:30am
Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte to win the 100m butterfly in his first race back from suspension.
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Branagh unveils new theatre company

April 17, 2015 - 4:30am
Sir Kenneth Branagh is setting up a theatre company, with Dame Judi Dench, Rob Brydon and Lily James among stars set to perform in a season of plays.
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IMF praises UK economic strategy

April 17, 2015 - 4:11am
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, endorses the UK coalition government's economic strategy, during a meeting in Washington.
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VIDEO: Antigua PM on cricket's economic boon

April 17, 2015 - 4:07am
Prime Minister of Antigua Gaston Browne tells BBC Sport's Joe Wilson the first Test Match between West Indies and England is of ''significant'' benefit to Antigua's economy.
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Miliband and Sturgeon clash in debate

April 17, 2015 - 4:06am
Labour's Ed Miliband clashes with Nicola Sturgeon in the latest televised election debate after the SNP leader says she would only support him if he could show he was "better than the Tories".
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Shock exit for National Theatre boss

April 17, 2015 - 3:47am
Tessa Ross steps down as chief executive of the National Theatre just six months into the job.
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China 'building runway in Spratlys'

April 17, 2015 - 3:36am
Satellite images show China is making progress on building an airstrip on a reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea, a report says.
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VIDEO: Freedoms and fears of the Uighurs

April 17, 2015 - 3:23am
The BBC looks at why some Uighur communities can live freely in Kazakhstan, while others could never do so in China.
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Fewer drivers punished for mobile use

April 17, 2015 - 3:17am
The number of drivers given penalty points for using mobile phones at the wheel fell by 24% last year in England and Wales, police figures suggest.
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Kashmiri separatist leader arrested

April 17, 2015 - 3:06am
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir arrest a prominent separatist leader who they say has been responsible for encouraging his supporters to wave Pakistan flags in the valley.
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Japan and Australia lead Asia losses

April 17, 2015 - 2:48am
Asian shares were ending the week mixed after a lacklustre lead from Wall Street following disappointing economic data.
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VIDEO: Star Wars fans greet trailer with glee

April 17, 2015 - 2:46am
Footage from the new Star Wars film has been included in a trailer shown at an official fan convention in California.
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VIDEO: Dead fish problem in Rio rowing lake

April 17, 2015 - 2:40am
Tonnes of dead fish are being removed from a lake in the centre of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is due to host rowing and canoeing events at the 2016 Olympic Games.
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Chinese journalist jailed over leak

April 17, 2015 - 2:36am
China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for seven years for leaking a confidential Communist Party strategy paper to a foreign website.
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VIDEO: Russian polar bears debut in Sao Paulo

April 17, 2015 - 1:22am
Two Russian polar bears make their debut at Sao Paulo's Aquarium, as the only members of their species in the country.
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Huge meth haul in New Zealand raids

April 17, 2015 - 1:20am
Police in New Zealand seize 123kg of methamphetamine in drug busts on two apparently unrelated gangs, arresting nine people.
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Anzac centenary details unveiled

April 16, 2015 - 11:25pm
Australia's largest Anzac Day service will include an Aboriginal didgeridoo and the story of the founder of modern-day Turkey, officials announce.
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VIDEO: Asian dog flu strikes Chicago

April 16, 2015 - 10:16pm
A rare outbreak of Asian dog flu has reached almost epidemic levels in Chicago.
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Sagging Barbie sales cost Mattel

April 16, 2015 - 9:43pm
Struggling US toymaker Mattel saw its sales drop for a sixth consecutive quarter as the appeal of its iconic Barbie doll continues to wane.
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Low turnout as Sudanese polls close

April 16, 2015 - 9:14pm
Voting in the Sudanese elections ends, with only a third of the electorate casting their ballots, according to African Union observers.
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Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.