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A 12-year-old member of a Japanese pop group has lapsed into a coma after inhaling helium during a TV stunt.
E-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals similar to those found in tobacco and may harm the lungs and immune system, new research suggests.
Observations of the oldest light in the sky suggest the first stars in the cosmos burst into life about 100 million years later than previously thought.
Two men arrested on suspicion of murdering Kyle Vaughan, who vanished more than two years ago, are released without charge.
A care worker allowed a young boy with a history of "extreme violence" to shoot a ball-bearing gun near a home for children with behavioural problems, a disciplinary panel hears.
The mother of 10-month-old Chloe Sutherland appears at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with her murder.
A car careers off the road and smashes into a 300-year-old hotel owned by the National Trust.
Spanish emergency services rescue at least 220 people trapped by snow on roads in northern Spain, as snow storms hit the rest of the country.
Nato is forming a new 'spearhead' force aimed at deterring what is perceived as a potential Russian threat. BBC News assesses the force's capacity.
Senior al-Qaeda militant Harith al-Nadhari is killed by a US drone strike in the south of the country, the group says in a Twitter posting.
A jury retires to consider whether a champion golfer is guilty of a £26,000 benefit fraud.
Who will win the title? Who are the players to watch? How will each country fare? BBC pundits make their predictions.
A member of Japanese child pop group 3B Junior was left in a coma after inhaling helium for a stunt on a TV show.
A ruling that prevented the deportation of a Somali man who raped a pregnant woman is successfully challenged by the home secretary.
Police question the treasurer of Brazil's governing Worker's Party over a corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras.
The family of a man from London who fled to Syria to fight begged him repeatedly to return to the UK, a court is told.
Police Scotland is considering ending non-statutory stop-and-search for both adults and children, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs.
Images from around the world: 5 February
The Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5% for the 71st month in a row and kept its stimulus programme of quantitative easing (QE) unchanged.
The BBC looks at what we know so far about the Greek government's proposals to cut the country's debt and renegotiate the country's bailout terms.