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Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised $1bn (£659m) in funding from tech giant Google and Fidelity Investments, the firm said on Tuesday.
Pupils' academic progress should be the main measure used by the government to gauge whether England's primary schools are performing well, a report says.
Google and O2 are amopng supporters of £3.6m drive to teach computing skills in primary schools in England, the education secretary is to announce.
Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women if they used a newer, more sensitive blood test, say UK researchers.
Forensic science standards risk slipping after work was transferred to in-house police labs and private firms, the spending watchdog warns.
A man purporting to be the leader of militants Boko Haram says in a video that his fighters carried out a deadly raid on the Nigerian town of Baga.
The failure to protect whistleblowers remains a "stain" on the reputation of the NHS in England, MPs have said.
As Cuba and the United States hold their first talks for decades, diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus looks back at the journey the two countries have taken to reach this point.
How would African fashion have evolved without colonisation?
Cubans' thoughts on the US-Cuban thaw
Papers digest news of further delays in the 2003 Iraq War report publication, while others describe the "last ta-ra" of Anne Kilbride - Coronation Street's Deirdre Barlow.
The mission that convinced a drone operator to stop
Are we better off than ever before?
Why the European Central Bank is widely expected to announce a bout of quantitative easing, and what this could mean for the eurozone.
The BBC News app undergoes its biggest changes since its launch in 2010 as part of an effort to provide a more personalised service.
A seal, normally found living off the east coast, is spotted some 27 miles away fishing for food on a Lincolnshire river.
Are these the toys you'll be buying this Christmas?
Theo Walcott says Arsenal's strikeforce is better than the 2006 line-up of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp & Robert Pires.
A look around the floor at the London Toy Fair, a showcase for new toys that will be hitting shops in the coming year.
The value of retail sales in Scotland's shops declined by 1.8% in December, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.