Plans to overhaul transport across the North of England, including multi-billion pound rail schemes, are being laid out by the government later.
Asian stocks are mostly lower after the US dollar recoups most of its losses following the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has told the BBC he is confident of victory in the fight against Boko Haram, and hopes all the territory the jihadists have seized will be recaptured within a month.
Dame Judi Dench is to star in a ground-breaking new stage play set in a fictional polling station on UK election night.
A student at Oxford University has found that a coronation medal was personally designed by Isaac Newton and includes a political message.
Malcolm Fraser, the Australian leader who embraced multiculturalism, fought for human rights and created key judicial institutions.
Sarah Lucy Brown's photographs of the Suffolk coastline.
A new initiative aims to increase understanding between religion and science, where often mutual suspicion is the order of the day, says Caroline Wyatt.
Reynolds and Arterton on quirky horror flick The Voices
Why do so many disabled people feel lonely?
EU leaders agree to keep sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict until the end of 2015 at the earliest, tying them to a truce deal.
A multi-million pound government IT system to process EU subsidy payments for farmers has been largely abandoned following "performance problems".
The names of sex offence suspects in England and Wales should not be made public unless they are charged, a cross-party group of MPs says.
A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola.
The UK is about to agree legislation committing it to ringfencing 0.7% of gross national income to international development spending. Prof Henrietta Moore on the way forward.
Louis Theroux meets people not guilty by reason of insanity
A year after Russia took over Crimea, Richard Galpin in Moscow meets people hit by economic crisis and counts the cost for Russians.
Acapulco goes from Hollywood resort to crime hotspot
Which star's journey to Hollywood began in Ramsey Street?
Millions of people could witness the best solar eclipse in years in the UK and northern Europe later, with large areas set to go into deep shadow.