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Police Scotland wants a new power to search children and young people for alcohol as part of a range of measures it believes are needed to replace consensual stop and searches.
Is the US economy now just enriching the rich, and has the land of opportunity created a society of haves and have-nots?
The American Southwest and Central Plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years, new research finds.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's prediction that falling oil prices will cause UK inflation to fall below zero is front-page news for many papers.
The US president and senior members of the security services are due to meet leading figures in the technology industry on Friday to discuss security.
It is about 18 months until the start of Rio Olympics 2016, and construction of the new venues in the Olympic Park is well under way.
Tiger Woods needs to find a "magical guru" to overcome his troubles, says BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss.
A group of scientists says it is time to try to contact intelligent life in space.
One of two men charged with planning a terror act in Sydney tried to join the army two years ago out of love for Australia, his family says.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announces it will open an online US store but will not sell its phones, instead offering lesser known products such as headphones and a fitness tracker.
Commemorations will take place in Germany on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden.
A federal judge orders an Alabama official to follow her earlier ruling and issue marriage licences to gay couples, after a three-day standoff.
The BBC has seen correspondence sent to the British tax authorities back in 2008 which gave details of HSBC account holders in Switzerland.
The United States has welcomed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending the war in Ukraine but demanded that Russia end its support for the separatists.
England manager Roy Hodgson all but confirms that prolific Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be in his next squad.
Shares in Farmville-maker Zynga plunge over 10% after the company reports widening losses as it struggles to continue to attract users to its games.
St Helens run in 10 tries to blow away a disappointing Salford Red Devils in a 52-6 Super League victory.