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US Federal Reserve officials do not believe that they will raise the benchmark short-term interest rate before April, minutes released on Wednesday reveal.
Two drug companies have attacked a decision to remove their treatments from a special fund designed to give access to new therapies in England.
The US is confident that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures cyber-attack because the hackers were "sloppy" enough to leave a trail, says the FBI.
Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has killed by firing squad four men accused of spying for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
"Selfie sticks" are banned from Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground after a fan complained to the club.
A vigil has been held in Paris in memory of the 12 people who lost their lives in a gun attack at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Chief Constable George Hamilton has been summoned to court to explain why a report has been withheld from an inquest into the 1997 murder of a GAA official.
The decades-long drought in the search for new antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant infections could be over, after a breakthrough by US scientists.
The Microsoft founder shows off a processor he says could help alleviate the drinking water problem in the developing world.
Can we really give up fossil fuels?
Most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if dangerous global warming is to be avoided, modelling work suggests.
A police officer who told a Gwynedd woman over the phone her husband had died is disciplined.
Europe has struggled with how to tackle radical Islam, and the Charlie Hebdo attacks can only make it more difficult, writes Caroline Wyatt.
An MP calls for an end to "useless" legal disclaimers at the bottom of emails, saying they lead to "forests' worth of paper" being wasted.
Labour MP Bill Esterson says pregnant women should not drink "at all" to avoid any potential damage to their unborn child.
Do drivers and householders feel the benefit of falling oil price?
Tests on 'Superman' logo ecstasy tablets found in Ipswich find PMMA, a substance "much stronger" than that found in standard ecstasy pills.
A&E units are struggling to meet thier waiting time targets with some hospitals reporting major problems. But what is the cause of the growing difficulties?
Stephen Fry's partner Elliott Spencer is given a driving ban after being caught doing 101mph trying to get the actor to the Hay literary festival
Attack on office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo