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Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine at talks in Geneva.
Weather blights S Korea ferry search
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 270 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, dies in Mexico aged 87, his family says.
Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base
Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.
Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade
A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.
Peru evacuates Ubinas volcano area
The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity.
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.
French troops free Mali aid workers
French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
Rob Ford launches re-election bid
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off his re-election campaign at an event his brother calls "history in the making".
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.
Abu Hamza 'used cover of religion'
A radical cleric extradited from the UK "used the cover of religion" to hide his part in a global terror campaign, a prosecutor in New York says.
VIDEO: 'We want to be part of Russia'
The BBC's Natalia Antelava visits a camp site of the self-declared people's Republic of Donetsk.
VIDEO: French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP
The leader of the French far right-wing Front National party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms".
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.
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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.
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: Helmet cam captures Chile blaze
New footage captured on firefighter helmet cameras has emerged showing the full extent of the deadly fires that swept through a town in western Chile.
VIDEO: Royals visit bush fire-ravaged town
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains in Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.
Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy
The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she is pregnant with her first child.
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.
US banking giants see mixed results
US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.
Weibo shares surge on US debut
Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.
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.
Lavabit loses contempt appeal
A US appeals court upholds a contempt of court ruling against the secure email service provider Lavabit used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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.
EU green light for UK carbon project
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.
Sensors to prevent pain for amputees
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.
Glaxo 'paid Polish doctors bribes'
UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama discovers.
Trott to take break from cricket
Jonathan Trott is to take a break from cricket because of a recurrence of the anxiety issues that forced him to leave England's Ashes tour.
The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'
This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.
Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
Critics have blamed payments by drugs firms to US doctors for encouraging risky and wasteful prescription habits. What difference have payments made, and will forcing companies to disclose them help?
Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls
The parents of some of the girls abducted from their school in north-east Nigeria head into the forests in a dangerous search for their daughters.
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.
Channel Tunnel train delay 'chaos'
Hundreds of Channel Tunnel rail passengers face major delays after several technical problems led to the cancellation of services.
Brazilian police end strike over pay
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets.
Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future
Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
Obama: Healthcare law 'is working'
President Barack Obama defends his signature healthcare law, saying the debate over its repeal is "over" as he touts high enrolment numbers.
Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod
David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.
Teachers' unions meet amid disputes
Calls for more action over pay and pensions are expected this weekend when the two biggest teachers' unions meet for their annual conferences.
Man charged with firearm possession
A man is charged after police seize firearms and ammunition from an address in east London.
Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed
A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.
Day in pictures: 16 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April
In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes
Your pictures: South Africa
Readers' photos on the theme of "South Africa"
In pictures: Chile fire rages on
Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso
Day in pictures: 15 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April
In pictures: Nigeria bus blast
Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja
In pictures: Royals tour New Zealand
Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia
Day in pictures: 14 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April
VIDEO: Stewart Copeland's Ben-Hur film score
New music for Ben-Hur from Police drummer Stewart Copeland
How 420 became code for marijuana
Why cannabis smokers love the number 420
What makes Jerusalem so holy?
What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?
Obituary: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
Sydney airport go-ahead
Economic gold or nightmare reality?
Trouble in paradise for Chile's Easter Island
Easter Island struggles to cope with tourist influx
Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions
Killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions in Iran
Congress' favourite son heading for defeat?
India's Rahul Gandhi faces a tough challenge in India polls
The Saudi women smoking shishas
Should a woman need a man with her to smoke a hookah?
Alfa Romeo plots a US comeback
After 20 years, Alfa Romeo returns to the US
Quiz of the week's news
Ex-Man Utd boss' wine cellar has most bottles from where?
Pistorius trial: Unresolved questions
Key questions the Pistorius defence needs to answer
Analysis: Putin's hopes and fears
Amid talk of de-escalation, Putin takes hard line on Ukraine

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