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Wealthy city-state Singapore has once again topped a ranking of the best places in the world to do business, with the UK ranking only 21st.
Representatives from the world's richest countries are meeting in Berlin to pledge money to smooth the way for a global climate change deal.
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.
The government did not "think through" its legal aid cuts early enough and "does not know" whether people in need of aid are getting it, a report says.
West African musicians compete with Band Aid 30
Voters are set to go to the poll in the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent on Thursday.
The changes to A-levels and AS-levels in England are so confusing that the government should write to every school to explain them, says Labour's Tristram Hunt.
People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests.
Colombia's Farc rebels reach an agreement with the government over the conditions necessary for releasing an army general and four others.
Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, dies in Las Vegas at the age of 78.
The average full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997, but is still a difference of 9.4%, official figures show.
US TV network NBC has scrapped a proposed project with comedian Bill Cosby after accusations resurfaced that he sexually assaulted women.
Culture war over Ukraine splits Russia's music stars
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is due to be formally sworn in as Scotland's first minister in front of senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
China's global internet conference is part of a move towards playing a bigger role in influencing international cyberspace.
A Chilean court orders the state to pay millions of dollars to a group of former political prisoners held on an isolated island during military rule.
Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents.
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Data privacy watchdogs are warning the public about a Russian website that provides links to breached baby monitors, webcams and CCTV feeds.
New draft NHS guidelines encourage GPs to diagnose and refer almost twice as many cancer patients in England each year.