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The fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage.
The laptop used to store top-secret documents leaked by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has gone on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Serena Williams wins the 700th match of her career to reach the Miami Open semi-finals with victory over Sabine Lisicki.
The first NHS hospital to be run by the private sector returns to NHS management.
Rural areas of Wales have been used by terrorists for training, say police.
The governor of California has created the state's mandatory water reduction orders, following a historic drought.
The Iraqi government declares what it says is a "magnificent victory" over Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit after a month-long siege.
Large quantities of plastic debris are building up in the Mediterranean Sea, say scientists.
Engineers create unpowered exoskeleton "boots" that use a spring and a ratchet to make human walking 7% more efficient.
Britain's Kell Brook wants to defend his IBF world welterweight title by the end of May in the first of two summer bouts.
Jockey Lewis Ferguson survives a spectacular fall from favourite Merrion Square at Wincanton.
Head teachers say they cannot be expected to "conduct surveillance" on young people, after warnings that more might travel to Syria during the school holidays.
Both main parties seem reluctant to rock the boat, writes Laura Kuenssberg - but will the cautious approach achieve a breakthrough?
Nine British nationals have been seized by Turkish authorities after trying to illegally enter Syria, armed forces in the country say.
South Korea is to pay about $380,000 (£256.000; €353,000) in compensation for each of the nearly 250 students killed in the Sewol ferry disaster.
On the third day of the election campaign trail Ed Miliband has criticised zero-hours contracts.
BBC Africa explains why Muhammadu Buhari's election victory is so momentous for Nigeria and the continent.
Young players could be "exploited" because of the deregulation of football agents - according to agent David Seligman.
The Northern Ireland Supporters Club chairman calls for a meeting with the Irish Football Association over possible subsidence at Windsor Park.
The new owners of one of south Wales' most famous fairgrounds insist they will open on Friday despite setbacks.