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Weather blights S Korea ferry search
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 280 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.
Putin cautious on force in Ukraine
Russia's President Putin says he hopes he will not have to exercise his "right" to send troops into Ukraine, as crisis talks are held with Western leaders in Geneva.
Iran has 'cut uranium stock' - IAEA
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, in keeping with a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.
Mini-sub performs full MH370 search
A mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short.
Pistorius forensic tests challenged
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies
Puerto Rican salsa singer and composer Cheo Feliciano dies in a car crash in his native island aged 78.
German media boss criticises Google
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.
India votes on biggest polling day
Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
Australia navy captains disciplined
An Australian navy captain is removed from his command and another disciplined for violating Indonesia's waters on asylum patrol duties.
Prosecutors launch Abu Hamza trial
Prosecutors in New York are due to open their terrorism case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.
Argentina girl kept years in garage
Police in Argentina say they have rescued a teenage girl who had been starved, beaten and kept in a garage for nine years by her foster parents.
Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear
Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants.
VIDEO: CCTV reveals dog as hunted car vandal
A vandal responsible for puncturing more than two dozen vehicle tyres in a quiet Cumbrian village has been unmasked as a dog.
Cyborg glasses express fake emotions
A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.
North Dakota abortion ban overturned
A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.
Portland to empty city reservoir
The city of Portland, Oregon, is dumping 38m gallons (143m litres) of reservoir water after a teenager was caught urinating into the water supply.
Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia
Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.
Mexico 'cartel city' mayor arrested
The mayor of a city known as a stronghold of Mexico's Knights Templar drug cartel is arrested on suspicion of extorting money on the cartel's behalf.
Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future
Algerians are voting in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
Guinea-Bissau run-off to pick leader
Officials in Guinea-Bissau say a run-off vote will be held next month after no candidate won an outright victory in Sunday's presidential election.
Charles Xue gets bail after illness
One of China's most influential bloggers, Charles Xue, is granted bail after months of detention because of a "serious illness", officials say.
Tencent brings Candy Crush to China
China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.
Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.
Pensioners could get death estimate
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
Mid-East peace talks meeting delayed
A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.
Saudi intelligence chief removed
Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post "at his own request", state media report.
Co-op Group reports 2.5bn loss
The Co-operative Group reports losses of 2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.
Man guilty of beheading girlfriend
A man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife at his flat in Sheffield is found guilty of her murder.
US banking giants see mixed results
US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.
China sales fall hits Remy Cointreau
French spirits firm Remy Cointreau says operating profits will fall by up to 40% after a crackdown by China on extravagant spending hits sales.
Mulberry warns of lower profits
Luxury goods retailer Mulberry issues its second profit warning since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new "more affordable" products.
Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff
The BBC obtains a letter sent by Cardiff City that says the defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.
Bale targets Real Madrid treble
Gareth Bale wants to win the treble with Real Madrid after scoring a "really special" winner in the Copa del Rey final.
Man City 'suffered Liverpool hangover'
Manuel Pellegrini says his Manchester City side were still thinking about defeat at Liverpool as they were held by Sunderland.
Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes
Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
BP Portrait Award shortlist unveiled
Three artists are shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2014, for work featuring a homeless man, a reluctant mother and a mature fashionista.
George Alagiah treated for cancer
BBC News presenter George Alagiah is diagnosed with bowel cancer and will take a break from broadcasting while he receives treatment.
VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg
The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
AUDIO: The world's first homoerotic stamps
Estelle Lovatt and David Bailey discuss Finland's decision to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps
VIDEO: Royals visit bush fire-ravaged town
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains n Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.
VIDEO: India votes on biggest polling day
Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
VIDEO: Confidence returns to Kashmir
As Indians vote in the biggest day of the general election, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge reports from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria
Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
VIDEO: NYPD shuts down Muslim 'spying' unit
A secret New York Police Department programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats has been disbanded.
VIDEO: Hundreds missing as S Korea ferry sinks
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off the coast of South Korea.
Welcome (back) to Beijing
The BBC's new China editor on what's changed since she last lived there
Harrowing text messages as ferry sank
As ferry sank, students sent parents harrowing text messages
Could you get elected in India?
Take our quiz to assess your election hopes in India
Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
Does it matter that drug firms give doctors money and gifts?
Indian bike messenger firm takes off
How easy is it for Indian start-up firms to get their wheels turning?
Fire ice: The energy of the future?
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?
VIDEO: Eaten by cannibals in New Guinea?
Solving the mystery of Michael Rockefeller
In pictures: Peru jail puts on musical
Peru prisoners mark Holy Week with Lloyd Webber musical
Iran execution stopped at last minute
The public hanging stopped at the last minute

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