As Islamic State fighters reach the edge of the historic Syria site of Palmyra, Prof Kevin Butcher of Warwick University explains why the ancient city is considered so important.
A 19-year-old man is jailed for life after he knifed another man to death over a firearms deal that "went sour".
Thousands of schools in England deemed to require improvement could be taken over and turned into academies under plans soon to be announced by the government.
Changes to housing laws could mean more ex-prisoners becoming homeless in Wales, charities say.
New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves says he did not lie to Kevin Pietersen over a potential England recall.
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson goes on trial in Scotland accused of perjury.
The deep-water opah becomes the first fish known to regulate its own temperature, using heat from its flapping fins to warm its heart and brain.
There were chaotic scenes when migrants stranded on a boat off the Thai coast for more than a week leapt into the water as supplies were dropped to them.
Ex-minister Rachida Dati blames "political plotters" in her party after auditors rejected expenses claims of nearly €190,000 for items including luxury clothes.
A woman dies after her car catches fire in a two-car road accident on the A76 at Holywood, near Dumfries.
Russia is expected to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as "undesirable" on national security grounds.
Steven Gerrard has had 160 team-mates during his 17 seasons with Liverpool. We've picked one player per season - can you name them?
U2 guitarist The Edge says he is fine after falling off stage during the opening night of the band's world tour.
The site will now investigate claims of harassment and will begin banning users guilty of it, it has said.
Roy Taylor will cross 68 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail in his wheelchair to help raise money to "get rid of obstacles" to give the disabled greater access to the countryside.
No further action will be taken following an investigation into alleged physical abuse by staff at a Powys residential school, police say.
In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says he expects the team to fight for big points.
Google's purpose-built robot cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads in California.
The Daily Mail fails in a legal challenge to prevent JK Rowling from reading a unilateral statement in open court as part of a libel settlement.
Steven Gerrard's exit from Liverpool will not be permanent, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.