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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat
Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.
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.
Plane search examines coastal debris
Authorities in Australia are looking at material washed ashore to find out if it is related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
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.
More held in S Korea ferry disaster
Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.
Obama pledges Japan islands support
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
Iran replaces prison service chief
The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.
S Sudan attacks 'an abomination'
The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an "abomination" and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House says.
Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker
Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
Blair warns West over radical Islam
Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
SA row over 'banned' Malema advert
South Africa's public broadcaster says it refused to broadcast an advert from the controversial politician Julius Malema, saying it incited violence.
Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, dies in a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.
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: 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.
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.
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VIDEO: Hands-on with Microsoft's Cortana
Microsoft's natural language expert explains how he breathed life into the firm's Halo-inspired virtual assistant Cortana.
VIDEO: The trouble with tips
Service workers like waiters and bartenders can make good money working for cash tips. But when business is slow, there's little safety net. How do they fit into the US discussion about raising the minimum wage?
VIDEO: China's growing naval power obsession
US President Barack Obama has left Washington for a week-long tour of Asia as part of what the White House is calling an "eastward rebalancing" of US foreign policy.
VIDEO: Political prisoners still suffering
Former political prisoners in Myanmar say they are still being "treated like criminals" and need more support from the state to reintegrate into society.
Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain
A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.
NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'
Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.
EU in slow progress on deficit cuts
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.
GM seeks to bar some ignition cases
General Motors asks a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over faulty ignition switches.
Robot portable printer secures cash
An Israeli start-up secures enough funds to put a pocket-sized robot printer into production.
Future of the net debated in Brazil
Tensions emerge ahead of a meeting being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss changes to the way the internet is governed.
Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.
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.
Saudi health minister sacked
As Saudi Arabia dismisses its health minister, the Mers virus death toll continues to rise.
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.
Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
Manchester United reject "unprofessional" claim, insisting they did not want to search for a successor behind David Moyes's back.
Shakespeare's birds cause US trouble
Shakespeare mentions the European Starling once, in Henry IV Part I. That moved a 19th Century Shakespeare enthusiast to introduce the bird into America.
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."
DR Congo train in deadly derailment
At least 63 people have been killed after a freight train overloaded with passengers derailed in Katanga in south-eastern DR Congo, officials say.
Everest Sherpas discuss boycott
Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.
Russian Duma passes film swearing ban
Russia's lower house passes a bill banning swearing from films, music and other works of art.
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.
Lebanese MPs fail to elect president
Members of Lebanon's parliament fail to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.
Chelsea Manning granted name change
The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.
Three children found dead in London
A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder.
Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander rules out suggestions his party could support a minority Labour or Tory government after the next election.
Violent crime 'continues to fall'
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.
Coulson 'did not cover anything up'
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson tells the phone-hacking trial he did not "cover anything up" following the arrest of the paper's royal editor Clive Goodman in 2006.
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Divers search South Korea ferry
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Huge murals in Dumfries and Galloway
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In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes
Why Palestinians love St George
Why St George is a hero on the West Bank
VIDEO: Meet Brazil's silver surfers
Meet the Brazilian pensioners who live for the big wave
Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
8 arguments for and against the UK as a Christian country
Poster wars breaking out across Europe
Fear, hope, shock or fun - the election posters going up across Europe
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What's at stake with the TPP?
Key points at stake with the world's biggest free trade deal
Indian elections: Hope and anger in transgender community
Can voting bring respect to India's transgender people?
The ways tattoos can get you into trouble
The ways tattoos can get you into trouble
VIDEO: My friend Robert Mugabe
How Zimbabwe's leader changed once in power
My Day: Pakistani station master
Keeping the trains on time in a little corner of Pakistan
Obama's Asia tour 'reassures allies'
Arrival reassures worried allies, writes PJ Crowley
Would China fight for disputed islands?
Would China fight Japan over islands, asks Celia Hatton?