A mining firm should accept moral responsibility for restoring two opencast sites, say politicians following the collapse of a fraud case.
Stormont's draft budget for 2015/16 "does not really balance" and fails to provide for fundamental reform, a financial consultancy says.
A US-bound passenger plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after several people were injured by severe turbulence.
A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.
Rescuers in central Vietnam are trying to reach 12 workers trapped underground after a section of a tunnel collapsed.
Hackers who targeted Sony Pictures are threatening to attack cinemas showing the studio's latest film.
Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.
Police in Pennsylvania have found the body of a former marine accused of killing his ex-wife and some of her relatives.
A probe into the police raid which ended a 16-hour siege in a Sydney cafe leaving the gunman and two hostages dead is well advanced, says a police chief.
Recent incidents involving Duck amphibious vehicles highlighted poor maintenance and a failure to meet standards, a report finds.
A £2.7bn fund to improve public health in England is not always being spent where most needed, the National Audit Office says.
A long-running public inquiry into alleged abuse carried out by British soldiers in Iraq is due to report later.
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A law which allows several people to be prosecuted for murder even though they may have played different roles needs to be reviewed urgently, MPs say.
Hundreds of Haitians take part in a march demanding the resignation of President Martelly two days after Prime Minister Lamothe stepped down.
Photographer Nacho Doce's picture of Brazil's Atibainha dam, as parts of the country ensure the worst drought in 80 years.
Why is the appeal of grammar schools so persistent?
A major UK food manufacturer is setting "beyond unreasonable" terms in proposed contract agreements, one of its suppliers tells the BBC.
Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.
The Church of Scotland moves a step closer to allowing congregations to appoint gay ministers.