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California death penalty 'illegal'

Wed, 2014-07-16 18:03
A federal judge in California rules the death penalty is "dysfunctional" and violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

MP invested in 'tax avoidance scheme'

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:48
MP Andrew Mitchell has invested in a film-financing company that tax collectors say was a tax avoidance scheme, BBC Newsnight learns.

Chinese foot binding

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:44
Women whose feet were bound in China

Questions remain ahead of Afghan election audit

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:07
Will deal unravel as Afghan vote audit begins?

The 'barefooters' giving bowls a new vibe

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:03
How young people have made an ancient ball game cool

US widens sanctions against Russia

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:50
The US increases sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, targeting major banks and energy companies, including Gazprombank and Rosneft.

eBay earnings beat expectations

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:48
Online retailer eBay reports profits of $676m during the period from March to June, beating analyst expectations after a 'challenging quarter'.

A man with a plan for six Californias

Wed, 2014-07-16 15:43
Is it so big it should be split into six states?

Israel declares 'humanitarian truce'

Wed, 2014-07-16 15:37
Israel announces it will observe a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, after nine days of deadly rocket and missile exchanges with militants.

Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:48
Honda's Asimo robot has grown up - its latest upgrade gives it enhanced intelligence, added dexterity and the ability to run 5.6mph.

Google death woman 'not guilty'

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:40
A woman alleged to be a prostitute pleads not guilty to injecting a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht.

British cyber-jihadist jailed in US

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:37
A British cyber-jihadist is sentenced in a US court to 10-and-a half years' imprisonment after admitting terrorism offences.

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Apple to pay $400m over e-books

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:52
Apple agrees to pay as much as $400m to settle a lawsuit over accusations it colluded with publishers to fix e-books prices.

School meals may face 'difficulties'

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:38
Nick Clegg admits primary schools may have "difficulties" in providing free meals for under-sevens, as councils and schools complain about the impact on their budgets.

Gaza deaths pass 200 amid more fire

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:29
The death toll from nine days of violence between Israel and Gaza militants passes 200, as four Palestinian children die in a strike on a beach.

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:28
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Blogger fined for restaurant review

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:15
A judge ruled against a blogger because their restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

Stand-off in brain project debate

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:09
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Court upholds Assange arrest warrant

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:56
A Swedish court decides to maintain an arrest warrant against fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault.