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The Italian coastguard has taken control of a merchant ship carrying more than 400 migrants that is adrift in the Mediterranean without any crew on board.
It is only the second day of the new year but already the starting gun has already been fired in the campaign to woo voters ahead of the general election.
One of the main roads leading into Port Talbot is closed while crews deal with a "significant fire" in a Chinese takeaway.
The BBC's Carrie Gracie visits China's Xinjiang province, home to China's predominantly Muslim Uighurs, viewed by authorities as a "terrorist" threat.
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A body is found in the search for a teenager who disappeared during a new year's night out with friends in Manchester city centre.
The promoters of a New Year's Eve event at The Belfry resort in which six people were stabbed brand media reports of the incident "malicious".
The deadly Ebola outbreak will be ended in 2015, although health teams face an "epic battle", says the head of the UN team fighting the disease.
The BBC's Jeremy Howell reports on golf is doing to get back on the financial fairway.
Michelle Fleury takes a look at a new kind of GPS-enabled tagging system, designed to help you find lost items.
A man will be left permanently scarred after being glassed in the face in a pub in Edinburgh, police say.
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A flight from Jersey to London's City Airport had to be diverted after one of the plane's engines caught fire.
Ex-Bayern Munich football boss Uli Hoeness is granted day release for the rest of his three-and-a-half year sentence for tax evasion, justice officials say.
Miranda Hart's hit BBC sitcom draws to a close as the comic calls time on her alter-ego's search for happiness and love.
Two passengers have suffered minor injuries after a plane came off the runway at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis.
A couple who were left "violated and shell-shocked" after Christmas presents were stolen from their home write an open letter to the burglars.