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Shift workers 'face type 2 diabetes risk'

bbc.co.uk — Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests. The findings, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, indicated men and those doing rotating shifts were at highest risk. It is thought that disruption to the body clock affects waistlines, hormones and sleep - which could increase the risk.

McDonald's halts nuggets sales in Hong Kong

bbc.co.uk — Fast food chain McDonald's has suspended sale of chicken nuggets and some other products in Hong Kong. It said it had imported chicken and pork from Shanghai Husi Food, the Chinese firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food firms. China has suspended operations of Shanghai Husi after local media reports claimed it re-processed expired meat.

'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread

bbc.co.uk — All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study suggests. The discovery of 150-million-year-old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought. The find "has completely changed our vision of dinosaurs", the lead researcher told BBC News.

'Apostasy' woman flies out of Sudan

bbc.co.uk — A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Christian woman spared death for apostasy meets Pope at Vatican after arriving from Sudan bbc.in/WJajet pic.twitter.com/p2vZIxnBy0

Jul 24, 2014

RT @SalilShetty: Good that Meriam Ibrahim is free. But this must never repeat, ever. Unjust laws must be overturned. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…

Jul 24, 2014

Sudan 'apostasy' woman meets Pope who thanks her for her witness to faith #MeriamIbrahim bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…

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Flight AH5017: Missing Algeria plane

bbc.co.uk — Contact is believed to have been lost between Gao and Tessalit in north-eastern Mali. The most probable scenario at the moment is that the plane came down in bad weather. Sandstorms in the desert would account for very poor visibility. However, it is possible that it was shot down as armed groups do operate in the area.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCAfrica: Flight #AH5017 had 110 passengers on board, including some 50 French citizens, as well as six Spanish crew members bbc.in/WFzPSj

Jul 24, 2014

#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx via @bbcbreaking

Jul 24, 2014

From @BBCBreaking:#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx

Jul 24, 2014

#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx via @BBCBreaking

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UK economy grows 0.8% in quarter

bbc.co.uk — UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014, official figures show
Jul 25, 2014

Economy grows 0.8% in quarter, and 3.1% in a year. Now 0.2% above its level before the recession. goo.gl/ig7m1N

Jul 25, 2014

Economy grows 0.8% in quarter. Now above its level before the recession. goo.gl/ig7m1N

Jul 25, 2014

RT @bbcnews_ticker: UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014, official figures show bbc.in/1rgFGqf

Palestinians killed in West Bank Gaza solidarity march

bbc.co.uk — At least two Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank during protests against Israel's military campaign in Gaza, officials say. At least 10,000 protesters marched from Ramallah towards East Jerusalem, where they were met by Israeli forces. Around 200 protestors were wounded.
Jul 25, 2014

Latest on the overnight protests at #Qalandia (West Bank): two dead. @nawalassad was at the scene bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

Jul 24, 2014

"The tears and terror of #Gaza's children" Powerful and heartbreaking report by @BBCiPannell. Note: disturbing images bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

BBC exclusive interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal

bbc.co.uk — The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has said the group wants a truce as soon as possible, but with a genuine guarantee to lift the eight-year long siege. In an exclusive interview with the BBC's HARDtalk programme, Mr Meshaal said that Palestinians in Gaza wanted to live without the Israeli and Egyptian blockade and open up to the world.
Jul 24, 2014

Here's the BBC's exclusive interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

Jul 24, 2014

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal speaks to the #BBC. He wants a truce asap but with a guarantee of lifting the siege: bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

#BBCtrending: Criticizing Israel, avoiding Anti-Semitism

bbc.co.uk — "How to criticise Israel without being anti-Semitic" - that's the title of a blog post that's being widely shared as the death toll in Gaza rises. The blog begins like this: "If you've spent any time discussing or reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I guarantee you've heard some variation of this statement: OMG, Jews think any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic!"

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

bbc.co.uk — New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry.

Breast cancer: One-shot therapy gets NHS nod

bbc.co.uk — A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS. The dose of radiation is delivered from inside the breast, once a tumour has been removed in surgery. Up to 36,000 people would benefit in a move that should also the NHS money.
Jul 25, 2014

One shot radiotherapy for breast cancer at time of surgery gets approval bbc.co.uk/news/health-28… Will make a big difference to lots of women

Gavin and Stacey house in Barry, south Wales, for sale

bbc.co.uk — A house listed as "the spiritual home" of Gavin & Stacey has gone on the market. 47 Trinity Street in Barry, south Wales, which was used as the set for the home of Stacey's mother Gwen in the show, has a guide price of £125,000.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @BBCNewsbeat: Fancy owning a bit of Gavin & Stacey? Gwen's house in #Barry is on the market for £125,000. bbc.in/WGQFAj http://…

Canvey Island flood pump out of action for two hours

bbc.co.uk — A flood pump in Canvey Island broke down for two hours - despite previous claims the system was only out of action for a matter of minutes. More than 200 homes were flooded on Canvey Island in Essex after 2.3in (6cm) of rain fell on Sunday.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @LaurenceCawley: Canvey Island flood pump out of action for two hours, not 12 minutes as previously claimed bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Apps to feed the selfie obsession

bbc.co.uk — Kate Russell rounds up some of the best websites and apps.

Eliaquim Mangala: Manchester City website shows 'signing' video

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 22:25 Manchester City have released a video that appears to show Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala signing for the club. The French international, 23, has been heavily linked with City but no official announcement has been made. However, a clip on the club's website - which has since been taken down - shows the player undergoing a medical.
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