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A shoot-out on the border between the Mexican states of Michoacan and Jalisco leaves at least 43 people dead.
Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.
Authorities in Baghdad close a key bridge, stopping the flow of refugees fleeing the city of Ramadi captured by Islamic State militants this week.
The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life
Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering British photographer, and should be the face of the £20 note, says Will Gompertz.
The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.
For the past year, there have been reports that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia continue to be used for attacks in Syria. So why is it so difficult to monitor what weapons Syria has?
Spaniards are poised to give their political masters a bloody nose in a bumper election year, reports James Badcock.
The Afghans who have made Kolkata their home
Does a death sentence always mean death?
The element that made the modern era gleam
Sweden, Russia and Italy are among the favourites to win the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna later.
The "friendly" mother of six who killed herself in a hotel
BBC News followed UK Eurovision entry Electro Velvet to find out what it is like to be thrust, from nowhere, into the gaze of Europe's showbiz media.
Cambridge University is leading work on a new braking system that chops a fifth off the stopping distance of an HGV.
Councils across England and Wales call on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs.
Stories making Saturday's front pages include reports that councils are switching off CCTV cameras to save cash and that retailer Amazon has changed its tax arrangements.
Hull face Manchester United looking to overhaul Newcastle and avoid relegation on the last day of the top-flight season.
Several days after Islamic State militants captured the city of Ramadi, Iraqis are now asking why their army was unable to protect them.