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Deadly blasts hit Gaza and Israel

A fragile lull in violence in Gaza is shattered as deadly explosions hit the Palestinian territory's main city and southern Israel.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'
Some environmental campaigners say that rules for new fracking licences are not tough enough to protect National Parks.

Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos
Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause homes to be evacuated and bring road and rail transport to a standstill.

MH17 downing 'may be war crime'
The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.

UK says EU sanctions deal 'closer'
European Union talks on tougher sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine are "moving in the right direction", No 10 says.

Man admits Help for Heroes fraud
A man admits stealing £300,000 intended for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Lloyds fined £218m over Libor
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £218m for "serious misconduct" relating to a key interest rate known as Libor.

Gold medal record for Scotland
Scotland set a new national record of 12 Commonwealth Games gold medals midway through day five in Glasgow.

Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules.

Lightning kills man on US beach
One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins'
Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

Passport workers go on strike
Hundreds of passport workers are striking over staffing and pay, with the government saying their action could threaten people's holidays.

NHS 'at breaking point', and the 'parking cowboys' - the papers
Both the Times and the Sun lead with stories about overstretched services in the NHS, and the Mail says Britons are being fleeced by rogue parking firms..

Wonder Woman unveiled at Comic Con
The first picture of actress Gal Gadot in costume as Wonder Woman is unveiled to coincide with this year's Comic Con.

Parents' joy as 13-year-old wins bronze
The parents of 13-year-old swimmer Erraid Davies speak of their pride after her Commonwealth Games bronze.

VIDEO: Airshow attracts '500,000 visitors'
Around 500,000 visitors are estimated to have descended on Sunderland for its 26th airshow.

VIDEO: Help for Heroes fraudster 'humbled'
A man who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds form the Help for Heroes charity is facing a lengthy jail sentence after pleading guilty in court

VIDEO: What price for free wi-fi?
How businesses hope to learn more about us by offering free wi-fi.

VIDEO: Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong
A new bus service has been launched in Hong Kong for pet lovers.

VIDEO: 'It looks like it was never there'
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the demolition of three cooling stations at the disused Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire on Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Quick-thinking mother saves baby
A woman and her baby had a lucky escape, when they narrowly avoided being involved in a car accident in San Francisco.

VIDEO: Tulisa: The deceit was too much
The former N-Dubz singer explains how she felt when she found out about a media sting which resulted in her drug trial.

Arsenal sign £16m teenager Chambers
Arsenal complete the signing of teenage Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee understood to be about £16m.

Rosberg is leading Hamilton on merit, says Coulthard
Lewis Hamilton is a street fighter but Nico Rosberg can cope with the pressure of a title battle, says David Coulthard.

Man City & Italy racism claims probed
Fifa looks into claims a Manchester City player was racially abused in Croatia, and that an Italian official made racist comments.

David beats Massaro to win squash gold
Malaysia's Nicol David beat England's Laura Massaro in three games to win the Commonwealth gold for the second time.

England win team table tennis silver
England's men take team silver in table tennis after losing to Singapore in a repeat of the Delhi final in 2010.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout
Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

SNP considers Scottish minimum wage
An independent Scotland would consider introducing a minimum wage that would rise in line with the cost of living, the SNP says.

VIDEO: 'More action on domestic violence'
New laws on domestic violence would be introduced by a Labour government to prevent abusive partners avoiding prosecution, the shadow home secretary has said.

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

AUDIO: 'Heroin was a way to not face reality'
Former heroin addict Lisa Bryer tells Today programme presenter John Humphrys about her experiences with drugs and her recovery process.

Adoption films for would-be adopters
Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show
BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

Hacker McKinnon turns search expert
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who was the subject of a 10-year legal battle over US extradition, reinvents himself as a search expert.

VIDEO: How to build and fly your own drone
Personal aerial drones that take pictures could soon become a lot more common, thanks to a new invention.

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

Johansson beats Johnson at US cinemas
Scarlett Johansson's action thriller Lucy comes out on top in a box office tussle with Hercules, the latest vehicle for former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

VIDEO: Marvel stars on appeal of superheroes
Actors Samuel L Jackson and Chris Hemsworth have been talking about the enduring appeal of superheroes at Comic-Con

The tragic coffin prank
Author Jeremy Clay tells the singular story of the girl who was frightened to death by a coffin.

10 things we didn't know last week
Dogs get jealous, and more nuggets from the week's news.

Driver dies at classic car race
A driver dies after an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Waterfall rescue child 'critical'
An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he was pulled from the water at a beauty spot in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

William and Kate seen at Games
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been spotted enjoying the action at Glasgow 2014.

Shale gas 'could boost economy'
A report says Scotland may contain "significant" shale oil and gas resources which could provide an economic boost if successfully exploited.

Review after NI ambulance shortage
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is reviewing its operations after staff shortages led to delays in its 999 response times over the weekend.

Death link drug 'mainly NI problem'
A drug linked to the deaths of 20 people is "principally a Northern Ireland problem", a coroner has said.

Gaza march violence footage plea
Police are seeking video footage of violence which broke out during a protest march in Cardiff opposing Israel's military action in Gaza.

Theatre translation app launched
A smartphone app to help theatre-goers follow plays in other languages is being launched by a theatre company in Wales.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'
A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.

Nigerian state bans cars during Eid
Vehicles in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state are banned for three days during Eid festivities because of fears of a Boko Haram attack.

Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate'
A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say.

Philippine ambush leaves many dead
Gunmen said to be from the Abu Sayyaf militant group attack two vehicles in the southern Philippines, killing at least 18 people.

France offers Iraq Christians asylum
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Gecko sex satellite back in touch
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges.

'Miners' grave' found in Bolivia
A grave containing at least 400 people is unearthed in the Bolivian city of Potosi, with the remains thought to be those of colonial-era miners.

UN chief: Gaza in critical condition
Gaza is in a "critical condition" and violence there must stop "in the name of humanity", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.

US 'will send migrant youths home'
President Obama meets Central American leaders and says undocumented immigrant children without legal claims to be in the US will be sent home.

Banks named in silver-fix lawsuit
Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia are accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US.

Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014
News photos from around the world

A community's tales
Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir

Day in pictures: 25 July 2014
24 hours of news photos: 25 July

'Hidden' photos reveal library build
'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library

Your pictures: Cycling
Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling"

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US

Taiwan plane crash: In pictures
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan

Prince George's first year
Prince George's first year

VIDEO: House of Commons
Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul.

VIDEO: 'I've never been involved in drugs'
The singer and former X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos has told the BBC she has never been involved in drugs and she has never taken cocaine.

VIDEO: 'Giant bolt' hits LA beach goers
One person has been killed and at least eight others taken to hospital in Los Angeles after being struck by lightning.

VIDEO: Amateur video of Sussex storms
Torrential rain and hail storms across England have led to major travel problems and flash flooding across parts of England.

VIDEO: Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine
There are reports of heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, close to the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed.

VIDEO: Ebola outbreak: Border crossings to close
Most border crossings in Liberia are being closed to try to halt the spread of Ebola.

VIDEO: Dozens killed in Libya clashes
Dozens of deaths have been reported in Libya, amid fierce fighting in Benghazi and near the airport in the capital Tripoli.

VIDEO: Costa Concordia ends final voyage
The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, has entered the port of Genoa for scrapping after a two-year salvage operation.

When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine
The time when a single drink of gin could kill

No place to hide for children of war
Lyse Doucet on the plight of children in Syria and Gaza

VIDEO: The facts about global travel
Where does the world go on holiday?

Getting stuck on things or in things
Heads stuck in banisters - the official statistics

The secret to transforming a failing hospital
How a failing hospital transformed itself

The bakery in the middle of a desert
Why two Spanish sisters started a bakery in the desert

Germany's super-shy super-rich
Why do Germany's super-rich often keep their heads down?

Perils of the English countryside
The hidden dangers of a walk in the English countryside

Hype and hi-tech
Rory Cellan-Jones on predicting future shape of technology

Anti-Semitism comes back to haunt Europe
Anti-Semitism has come back to haunt Europe, says Gavin Hewitt