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Ukrainian forces 'regain city hall'
The Ukrainian government says it has won back control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists.
Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'
US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.
Korea ferry disaster school reopens
The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.
US medics killed in Kabul attack
Three American medical staff are shot dead by a security guard at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.
Ecclestone trial begins in Germany
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone appears in court in the German city of Munich to face bribery charges that carry a 10-year jail term.
Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote
Narendra Modi, the politician many expect to be India's next leader, submits his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll.
Ban blames all Syria sides over aid
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.
Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads
Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.
China releases Japanese cargo ship
China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.
Canada to drop 'flawed' rail tankers
Canada says it will phase out the type of rail tankers involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic last July.
Debris dismissed in plane search
Authorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
Oldest baseball player dies aged 102
The oldest former player with Major League Baseball, Cuba's Conrado "Connie" Marrero, has died at home in Havana aged 102.
VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots
The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.
VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award
Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears.
VIDEO: Can Obama perfect the Japanese bow?
President Obama is under pressure to perfect his Japanese etiquette during his official tour of the country.
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VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'
The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.
VIDEO: Upcycling: Ethical way to do fashion
There is a drive to get us to be more ethical when it comes to buying clothes - and it involves spending less and recycling more.
AUDIO: Led Zep reveal Keys to the Highway track
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.
VIDEO: DJ Duke: Will and Kate hit the decks
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taught how to DJ, during the latest leg of their royal tour of Australia.
Binge drinking 'link to overeating'
Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says.
Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
US actress Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.
Apple profits beat expectations
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.
Alstom shares jump on GE bid report
Shares in French engineering company Alstom jump after a report that US multinational General Electric is in talks to buy Alstom for $13bn.
A new kind of tech bubble
Scientists at Bristol University are bringing bubbles and technology together in unexpected - and potentially profitable - ways.
VIDEO: Actress writes her own happy ending
A woman pioneer in the digital space talks about using technology to create acting opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist.
Tarantino Gawker case dismissed
A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay.
Banksy street works to be auctioned
A collection of street art works by Banksy, removed from walls, is to go on display at a London hotel before being sold at auction.
Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
Cancer teen hits £1m charity target
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.
Worries over young wanting surgery
Plastic surgeons say they're worried about the number of young people who want cosmetic procedures.
Robben surprised by Real's approach
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben is surprised by Real Madrid's cautious approach in their 1-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg win.
Why Palestinians love St George
As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own celebrations of this shared hero.
The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp
As more and more families send their drug and alcohol-addicted kids to therapeutic wilderness camps in the US, more and more become acquainted with the shadowy figure known as the "escort."
S Sudan president sacks army chief
South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.
Buddha tattoo woman to be flown home
A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm says she has not been "shown compassion" as she faces deportation.
Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.
Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes
Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.
Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
US troops in Poland for exercises
A first contingent of US troops arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Police make Syria plea to UK women
British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.
Crime falls 15% in England and Wales
Overall crime in England and Wales falls by 15% in 2013, according to official figures - but there are signs of rises in areas including fraud and sexual offences.
Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank
The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.
Care needs to 'outstrip' family help
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.
In pictures: Mumbai goes to vote
Sixth phase of the ongoing India elections
Day in pictures: 23 April 2014
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In pictures: divers search South Korea ferry
Divers search South Korea ferry
In pictures: Rural murals
Huge murals in Dumfries and Galloway
In pictures: Garcia Marquez tributes
Memorials Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Day in pictures: 22 April 2014
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In pictures: Easter celebrations
Christians mark Easter Sunday
Day in pictures: 21 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 21 April
How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US
How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US
Shakespeare's birds cause US trouble
How European Starlings invaded America
'I survived the Bangladesh factory collapse'
Survivors recall Rana Plaza disaster one year on
A tale of two Europes
Hamburg's experience versus Marseille's ahead of EU polls
Afghan notebook: First timers
Can young Afghans make their vote count?
Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali
Firms ditching the US and Europe for tropical paradise
I caught Ebola in Guinea and survived
Survivor's happiness to be alive, but fears being stigmatised
Is London safe?
Hashtag undermines city's reputation
VIDEO: The heroic all-black regiment of WW1
Legendary all-black unit that never lost a man in WW1 trenches
The real story of Frank Sidebottom
How a cult comic character inspired a major new film
Astrotourism skyrockets in Chile
Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories
Fear and mistrust in Rio's favelas
Rio's shanty town dwellers scared of retribution, says Wyre Davies
Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal
Can Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal last? asks Yolande Knell