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Nigeria criticises the US for refusing to sell the government "lethal" weapons to fight militant Islamists as they seize another town.
The story of the people snatched from Syria's streets
After 11 women die in a botched mass sterilisation attempt in central India, the BBC's Geeta Pandey explains why Indian women go to sterilisation camps.
The pilot of a rocket-equipped push bicycle tells the BBC it was "very scary" to ride the vehicle at 207mph, breaking his previous record.
The UN has expressed concern over the sentencing by an indigenous court in Colombia of seven Farc rebels over the murder of two indigenous leaders.
An investigation into the recording of telephone calls between prisoners and their constituency MPs is ordered by the justice secretary.
A 1984 Oxo advert starring Lynda Bellingham is to be screened on Christmas Day as a tribute to the actress who died last month.
Former Blackpool and Hull striker Ben Burgess on his decision to swap the changing room for the classroom.
The Confederation of African Football confirms Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but no new venue is announced.
A powerboat was being "pushed to its extremes" when it turned sharply throwing a family of six into the water and killing the father and a daughter, an inquest hears.
Clothes Show presenter on the appearance of David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Natalie Bennett.
Google is to pay over £1bn to rent an airfield but little is known about what it plans to do there.
Company bosses and tech entrepreneurs are being targeted in their hotel rooms by hackers whose malware can evade detection, warn researchers.
English National Opera pulls out of a production of Monteverdi's Orfeo as the company prepares for a 29% Arts Council England funding cut.
A B&B owner who found Matthew Williams in his room attacking a woman who died in a suspected act of cannibalism tells of the horror she saw.
The UK Parliament, and others who ignored the silence on Twitter
Russian President drapes his blanket across China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, but she declines his help and removes the garment.
David Shukman explains how the European Space Agency will attempt to land a small spacecraft on a speeding comet for the first time.
How an artist brought Vincent van Gogh's ear 'back to life' and allowed people to talk to it
Angus Sinclair, accused of raping and murdering two teenage girls 37 years ago, admits having sex with them.