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Matisse exhibition hailed by critics

Mon, 2014-04-14 17:13
Critics laud one of the largest collections of Henri Matisse's "cut-out" artworks ever assembled for an exhibition opening at Tate Modern.

Syria rebels driven from Maaloula

Mon, 2014-04-14 17:06
Syrian government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters have driven Islamist rebels out of the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, state media say.

Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine

Mon, 2014-04-14 16:49
Pro-Russian activists attack another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.

More than 70 killed in Nigeria blast

Mon, 2014-04-14 16:25
More than 70 people are killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital, Abuja, officials say.

Global trade to gain speed, says WTO

Mon, 2014-04-14 16:15
Global trade will pick up speed and will grow by 4.7% this year and by 5.3% in 2015, says the World Trade Organization.

Prosecution queries Pistorius' tears

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:59
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".

Analysis: Why Assad can have confidence in his survival

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:56
Why Syria's President Assad can be confident of his survival

Vietnam key dissidents released

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:49
Vietnam frees two high-profile political activists after the recent release of dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu, amid ongoing free trade talks with the US.

Sharp increase in US retail sales

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:43
US retail sales saw their biggest gain in 18 months in March, official figures show, as the economy continues to gather strength.

25 schools probed over 'Islam plot'

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:26
An investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamist takeover plot of Birmingham schools has widened with 25 schools now under the spotlight.

VIDEO: Thousands flee deadly Chile fire

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:09
At least 12 people die in forest fire sparked over the weekend in the hills around the Chilean city of Valparaiso.

Citigroup quarterly profits increase

Mon, 2014-04-14 14:51
US bank Citigroup announces it made profits of $3.9bn in the first three months of 2014, buoyed by narrowed losses on troubled assets.

US footballer held in 'bomb threat'

Mon, 2014-04-14 14:25
Professional football player Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is arrested at the Los Angeles airport after making a bomb threat, police say.

VIDEO: Duke and Duchess on tour in NZ

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:57
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met the families of people killed in the Christchurch earthquake of 2011.

Pakistan 'cannibal' re-arrested

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:56
A man who previously admitted to cannibalism is arrested again, this time on suspicion of cannibalising a young child, Pakistani police say.

AUDIO: Pyongyang marathon was 'quite funny'

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:26
Foreign amateur runners have been allowed to compete in a North Korean marathon for the first time in 30 years.

Mixed reviews for Strictly musical

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:19
Critics say Baz Luhrmann's stage musical has failed to live up to the magic of his 1992 film, with the Sydney Morning Herald saying it "sparkles but falls short".

Peugeot outlines major recovery plan

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:05
Struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announces a major recovery plan after net losses of 7.2bn euros in the past two years.

Oil prices steady as Libya woes ease

Mon, 2014-04-14 12:56
Crude oil prices rise in early Monday trading amid tensions in Ukraine, but fall again after Libyan protesters end their occupation of an oil port.

Wiggins' anxious Tour de France wait

Mon, 2014-04-14 12:42
Sir Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, admits there are doubts around him making Sky's team for this year's race.

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