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Space project will go on - Branson 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:48:06 GMT 
    Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.


Power struggle in Burkina Faso 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:25:28 GMT 
    A split emerges within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.


Funeral of murdered SA footballer 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:28:07 GMT 
    Tens of thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa.


Egypt jails 'gay wedding video' men 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:37:12 GMT 
    Egypt court sentences eight men to three years in prison for appearing in a video alleged to be of a gay marriage.


No Canada visas for Ebola countries 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:04:25 GMT 
    Canada suspends visa applications from countries in the grip of the Ebola outbreak, in a move similar to a much-criticised Australian plan.


Bangladesh hit by major blackouts 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:41:39 GMT 
    Bangladesh is hit by major power blackouts after a power line connecting the country to India's electricity grid failed, reports say.


Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:43 GMT 
    Militant group Boko Haram denies claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release 219 abducted girls.


Australia marks Anzac centenary 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:55:41 GMT 
    Thousands gather in the Australian town of Albany to mark the centenary of the departure of the first Anzac troops in World War One.


Iraqi Kurds 'in Kobane to fight IS' 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:28:20 GMT 
    Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces cross the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State militants.


Uruguay registers cannabis growers 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:45:54 GMT 
    The Uruguayan government announces the start of registration for licensed cannabis growers as part of its plan to legalise the drug.


Reduced EU sea mission set to go 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:45:51 GMT 
    The EU is to launch a limited operation in the Mediterranean to help Italy stem the flow of migrants from North Africa.


Kenyan Jeptoo fails doping test 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:36:27 GMT 
    Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo becomes the latest athlete from Kenya to fail a doping test, the country's athletics body confirm.


VIDEO: Hello Kitty shrine in Singapore 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:16 GMT 
    The BBC's Lucas de Jong found one place in Singapore where interior designer Terry Goh has spent seven years making Hello Kitty the centre of attention.


VIDEO: Obamas welcome trick-or-treaters 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:48:12 GMT 
    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle welcome some special guests to the White House for a trick-or-treat Halloween celebration.


VIDEO: On board Knox-Johnston's yacht 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:18:53 GMT 
    Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Briton who in the 1960s became the first person to sail round the world on his own without stopping, is about to return to ocean racing at the age of 75.
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