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Leaders in last-ditch bid for votes 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 23:17:06 GMT 
    Party leaders and candidates are making a last-ditch grab for votes on the final day of campaigning before the general election polls open.


US offers rewards on 'IS leaders' 
  Wed, 06 May 2015 03:29:03 GMT 
    The US government offers rewards totalling $20m for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State militant group.


US approves Cuba-Florida ferry 
  Wed, 06 May 2015 02:22:14 GMT 
    Ferries could be set to run between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years after the US government approved new services.


Tornado as storms hit north Germany 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 23:51:28 GMT 
    Violent storms sweep northern Germany, triggering a tornado that hit a small town and leaving one person dead in Hamburg.


Hezbollah plans attacks in Syria 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 23:59:17 GMT 
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his Lebanon-based Shia group will attack Sunni al-Nusra Front militants on the Syrian side of the border.


Pacquiao sued over shoulder injury 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 21:41:42 GMT 
    Manny Pacquiao is sued in Nevada after claims he lied about an injury sustained before his fight against Floyd Mayweather.


Deadline day for Israel's Netanyahu 
  Wed, 06 May 2015 01:13:20 GMT 
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu races to assemble a coalition government ahead of Wednesday's post-election deadline.


US man caught 50 years after escape 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 19:00:23 GMT 
    A convicted killer who escaped from a prison camp has been arrested in Florida after more than 50 years on the run.


France expands spy agency powers 
  Wed, 06 May 2015 02:02:48 GMT 
    Controversial rules to strengthen French intelligence services, with the aim of preventing Islamist attacks, are approved by parliament.


'Dozens die' as migrant boat sinks 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 16:48:22 GMT 
    Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat deflated south of Sicily, Save the Children says.


Austria and Germany in 'spying' row 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 20:22:50 GMT 
    Austria files a legal complaint against "an unnamed party" after reports that Germany helped the US to spy on European targets.


Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 23:34:11 GMT 
    The evolution of thousands of pop songs spanning from 1960 to 2010 is analysed by scientists.


VIDEO: Migrants scramble to safety 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 17:45:35 GMT 
    Footage has emerged of migrants on a sinking dinghy desperately trying to reach safety off the coast of Sicily.


VIDEO: Skeletons found in Thailand camps 
  Wed, 06 May 2015 01:39:23 GMT 
    Two skeletons have been found in abandoned camps in Thailand, with possible links to people smuggling.


VIDEO: The men behind Burundi protests 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 18:41:44 GMT 
    Hundreds of protesters have returned to the streets of the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura.
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