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Nigeria's militant Islamists have "completely surrounded" Maiduguri, the main city in north-eastern Borno state, traditional elders have warned.
Will Obama's anti-IS strategy work?
The video games studio behind Minecraft is in talks to be taken over by Microsoft, according to reports.
An independent Scotland would not be able to support large banks, Vince Cable warns.
Presenters at a US TV station had a shock on Wednesday morning when a bat started flying around their studio.
The crew members in Russia's Soyuz space capsule have successfully landed in Kazakhstan.
People caught smoking in cars with children on board could face a £50 on-the-spot fine in Wales.
The US will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State militants in Syria as well as Iraq, says President Barack Obama.
First Minister Alex Salmond is to hold a press conference for international media on the anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum.
Levels of personal debt in Northern Ireland are 20% higher than the rest of the UK, according to a charity report.
Rights group Amnesty International urges Thailand's coup leaders to end repression, citing "widespread" human rights violations.
The press reflects on the efforts of Westminster party leaders to persuade Scots to vote against independence in next week's referendum.
Could craft beer make the metal can cool?
The inquest is set to begin into the death of a nurse found hanged after answering a hoax call at her hospital about the Duchess of Cambridge in 2012.
Daily Show host Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut at the Toronto Film Festival with a film about about a journalist imprisoned in Iran
Police in Ferguson, Missouri stop protesters from blocking a nearby highway amid anger over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Actor Richard Kiel - who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films - has died aged 74, a Californian hospital confirms.
A record number of people were charged with stalking-related offences in England and Wales last year after the introduction of new laws.
Proton beam therapy centres to treat cancers will be available in Manchester and London in 2018, NHS officials confirm.
Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.