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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard could become 'one of the best players in the world' if he gets protection from referees, says Pat Nevin.
Australia hopes to win wickets and profits
About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, a new scientific assessment suggests.
Scientists at a US meeting have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds.
US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomes an agreement aimed at ending fighting in Ukraine, but demands Russia end support for separatist rebels.
From slow scoring to leaking runs, the statistics suggest England have precious little chance of lifting the World Cup.
A Montana man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a German exchange student he found in his garage.
Brians of Berkshire express "outrage" that a Thames Valley Police horse of the same name may have his name changed to a more "god-like" one.
A County Fermanagh teenager injured in an incident at his school has died in hospital.
As Fifty Shades of Grey geared up to its UK premiere, a writing group from Wellington in Somerset was inspired to write their own erotica.
Fitbit acknowledges that one of its new gadgets, the Surge, can give some people a skin rash.
Germany's Chancellor Merkel says a compromise is possible, amid a stand-off with Greece over the terms of its bailout.
Professionals who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in children could face the sack under a new law for England and Wales.
The Democratic Republic of Congo sets a date for presidential elections following last month's violent protests against a possible delay.
The future of Belfast Harbour, including potentially its sale, is being explored by the Northern Ireland Executive, with a panel to advise on a way forward likely to be established shortly.
Security forces remove opposition leader Julius Malema from South Africa's parliament during a state of the nation speech by President Jacob Zuma.
The number of patients in Wales waiting longer than they should for hospital treatment reaches 21,000 for the first time, after rising 8% in a month.
Ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is grilled in court on his use of a "bachelor pad" for orgies and text messages asking for women for sex parties.
Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a study suggests.
Chelsea and Everton are charged by the Football Association after the clubs' players were involved in an on-pitch incident.