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Severe winter weather has been causing chaos for many across parts of Europe, including Sweden, Italy and Spain.
A fire in a small wholesale market in southern China's Guangdong province kills 17 people, state media say.
Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.
The number of people with mental health illnesses being detained in police cells is a "scandal", and the practice must end, MPs say.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks in Russia to try to end renewed fighting in east Ukraine.
The safest time to fly during pregnancy is before 37 weeks and, if you are carrying twins, before 32 weeks, new advice says.
Two Australian Liberal MPs say they will call a leadership challenge against beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The Army must do more to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) personnel, its top officer says.
Police have spent about £10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there.
Investigators probing a rail accident which killed six people near New York City say the train was not travelling too fast, officials report.
China says it is holding a Canadian man on suspicion of stealing state secrets but releases his wife on bail, six months after they were detained.
The Venezuelan authorities have arrested two more top executives under legislation aimed at controlling skyrocketing inflation.
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has been criticised for remarks he made about the teaching of nuns, on the BBC's Question Time programme.
Jordan says its air strikes on Islamic State targets are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the killing of a captured army pilot.
Huge changes to the way the NHS in England works have been "disastrous" and distracted from patient care, a damning report by a think tank says.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to have a private audience with the Pope in Rome.
Home-based enterprises account for half of all Scots businesses and sustain 17% of private sector jobs in Scotland, research suggests.
Churches say law developed in Sweden to criminalise the purchase of sex has significantly reduced human trafficking.
From use of bail to dawn raids, there are concerns that the police sometimes overstep their powers, says Danny Shaw.
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