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Twin corruption inquiries at Fifa 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:19 GMT 
    Two criminal inquiries into corruption at football's world governing body Fifa are under way, as seven high-ranking officials are arrested in Zurich.


Hamas accused of Gaza rights abuses 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 10:15:27 GMT 
    Hamas committed serious human rights abuses including killings and torture of Palestinian civilians in 2014, Amnesty International says.


WW2 bomb prompts Cologne evacuation 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 09:44:33 GMT 
    Some 20,000 people in the German city of Cologne are forced to leave their homes as authorities defuse a one-tonne bomb from World War Two.


Queen's Speech for 'working people' 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 13:22:42 GMT 
    An EU referendum, tax freezes and a boost for "working people" are among the plans unveiled in the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in nearly two decades.


Arrests over Pakistan 'fake degrees' 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 11:43:10 GMT 
    Pakistani investigators detain the head of a global internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multi-million dollar fraud selling fake degrees online.


EU quota plan for 40,000 migrants 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 12:49:37 GMT 
    The European Commission urges EU states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in Italy and Greece in the next two years.


IS suicide bombings kill Iraq troops 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 12:29:20 GMT 
    At least 17 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in Anbar province, security officials say.


No let-up in massive India heatwave 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 09:45:29 GMT 
    Heatwave conditions continue to sweep India where more than 1,100 people have died in the past week, officials say.


Irish smacking law violates charter 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 13:08:06 GMT 
    The European Committee of Social Rights rules that the Republic of Ireland has violated a European charter by not banning all forms of corporal punishment, including parents smacking their children at home.


Danish PM calls snap June election 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 11:20:28 GMT 
    Denmark's prime minister calls an election for 18 June when her centre-left coalition is expected to face tough a challenge from the opposition.


Marriage vote 'defeat for humanity' 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 12:02:21 GMT 
    A landmark vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland is a "defeat for humanity", a senior Vatican official says.


SpaceX cleared for military launches 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 23:56:07 GMT 
    The US Air Force clears billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch military and spy satellites.


VIDEO: Where war still rages in eastern Ukraine 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 22:24:24 GMT 
    The conflict in Ukraine is entering its second year and a ceasefire, nominally in place since February, has failed to stop the violence in areas around Donetsk airport.


VIDEO: Extreme weather wreaks havoc in US 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 12:45:54 GMT 
    Extreme weather has been wreaking havoc in the US, where at least 17 people have been killed by storms in Oklahoma and Texas.


VIDEO: What is the Queen's Speech? 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 11:10:21 GMT 
    Ellie Price delivers a quick guide to the Queen's Speech.
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