Sixteen republicans received royal pardons between 2000 and 2002, the Northern Ireland Office discloses.
The German victims of the Alps air crash included 16 pupils returning from an exchange trip in Spain.
The two sides involved in the 'gay cake' dispute have been urged not to go to court - by the person for whom the cake was intended.
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years before a controversial prisoner swap, is to be charged with desertion.
Up to 50,000 schoolchildren in Northern Ireland will have access to one of the world's most popular video games in their classrooms
Air accident investigators say that they have found "useable sounds" on the black box from the plane which crashed in the Alps on Tuesday, but it could take months to decipher them
Nigeria's government denies that militant Islamists abducted 500 children from a town in the north-east, saying the number is lower.
A "serial abuser" who admitted unlawfully wounding a woman he met online is banned from dating websites in a bid to stop him attracting more women.
The stories behind those who back IS
Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.
Watch highlights of the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.
A former undercover police officer has told BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.
Zayn Malik has left One Direction, the band says in a statement on their Facebook page.
A four-year-old boy, crushed when a mirror fell on him in a designer store, died in an "accident waiting to happen", a coroner says.
Five men accused over racist chanting on the Paris Metro ahead of Chelsea's Champions League game in the city contest a football banning order application.
The BBC's Iain Watson examines the political manoeuvring behind David Cameron's VAT pledge and how Labour has responded.
French investigators say the cockpit voice recorder of Germanwings 4U 9525 has usable data, but it has so far yielded no clues to the crash.
Tributes to singer Lil' Chris have brought "a lot of happiness" to his family, his sister says.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told the Congress his country owes the US a "profound debt" for its military sacrifices.
Ford in Bridgend could be building the company's new generation of petrol engines from 2018 but the plant could be producing only a third of what it does at the moment, BBC Wales understands,