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There are estimated to be thousands of forced marriages every year in the UK - so why are there so few prosecutions, asks Yasminra Khan.
Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and US singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris are praised by US president Barack Obama as they receive the Polar Music Prize.
Africa's largest free-trade zone is to be created, covering 26 countries and including more than 600 million people when a deal is signed in Egypt.
A young boy took off his top hat and approached the Queen for a handshake at the Epsom Derby.
The relatives of 44 victims of the Germanwings plane crash, including 16 schoolchildren who died, are to view their coffins in Duesseldorf.
David Miliband says he finds "no consolation in any sense of vindication" about Labour's performance in the general election.
Four Western tourists appear in court in Malaysia accused of posing nude on Mt Kinabalu, which was hit by a deadly earthquake last week.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to meet US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken on the third day of her trip to the United States.
A manuscript of EL James's latest Fifty Shades novel has been stolen, according to reports.
London shares dip extremely slightly in early trade on Wednesday, but supermarkets and miners are among the gainers.
A woman whose leg was amputated after a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers is recovering well and has stood for the first time, her brother says.
Marta becomes the Women's World Cup's all-time leading goalscorer by netting in Brazil's victory over South Korea.
LeBron James's 40 points helps Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State 96-91 to go 2-1 up in the NBA play-off finals.
Sainsbury's has seen sales drop for the sixth consecutive quarter due to increasing supermarket competition, and food deflation.
Tory ministers should be free to "speak their minds" about the future EU referendum, the chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee says.
President Park Geun-hye postpones her US visit over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), which has now killed nine people in South Korea.
A charity expresses concern over what it says is the rapidly rising level of mortgage shortfall debt across Northern Ireland.
The remains of the first victims of the Germanwings plane crash arrive in Duesseldorf, where they will be returned to families for burial.
Three-quarters of Scotland's top-flight clubs tell BBC Scotland they would consider a move to summer football.
A £1bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay could be the launching pad for a new industry in Britain.