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Japan child star in coma after stunt

Thu, 2015-02-05 05:55
A 12-year-old member of a Japanese pop group has lapsed into a coma after inhaling helium during a TV stunt.

E-cigarettes 'may harm the lungs'

Thu, 2015-02-05 05:14
E-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals similar to those found in tobacco and may harm the lungs and immune system, new research suggests.

Planck puts new date on first stars

Thu, 2015-02-05 05:08
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.

Police release murder suspects pair

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:56
Two men arrested on suspicion of murdering Kyle Vaughan, who vanished more than two years ago, are released without charge.

BB-gun handed to care home boys

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:49
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.

Mother charged with murder of baby

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:46
The mother of 10-month-old Chloe Sutherland appears at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with her murder.

Car ploughs into 300-year-old hotel

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:42
A car careers off the road and smashes into a 300-year-old hotel owned by the National Trust.

Snow traps motorists in Spain

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:39
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.

VIDEO: Nato's 'spearhead' force - in 60 seconds

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:35
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.

Yemen militant killed by US drone

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:27
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.

Golf champ fraud trial jury out

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:22
A jury retires to consider whether a champion golfer is guilty of a £26,000 benefit fraud.

Who's going to win the Six Nations?

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:19
Who will win the title? Who are the players to watch? How will each country fare? BBC pundits make their predictions.

Child star in coma after TV stunt

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:18
A member of Japanese child pop group 3B Junior was left in a coma after inhaling helium for a stunt on a TV show.

May wins rapist deportation appeal

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:17
A ruling that prevented the deportation of a Somali man who raped a pregnant woman is successfully challenged by the home secretary.

Petrobras corruption probe widens

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:13
Police question the treasurer of Brazil's governing Worker's Party over a corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras.

Family 'begged Syria son to return'

Thu, 2015-02-05 04:01
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 consider stop-search change

Thu, 2015-02-05 03:58
Police Scotland is considering ending non-statutory stop-and-search for both adults and children, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs.

Day in pictures: 5 February 2015

Thu, 2015-02-05 03:57
Images from around the world: 5 February

Bank of England holds rates at 0.5%

Thu, 2015-02-05 03:55
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.

What are Greek government's debt plans?

Thu, 2015-02-05 03:50
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.