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The Northern Ireland Ombudsman warns the transfer of planning powers to the new 11 super councils could make corruption easier
Growth in the UK's construction industry slowed in March amid election uncertainty, according to a survey by data firm Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton's award-winning, best-selling first novel, is one of 10 titles in contention for a £10,000 prize for debut novelists.
A former Syrian doctor is jailed for 40 months for having a hoard of explosive ingredients in Edinburgh and instructions on how to prepare bombs.
The democratic transfer of power in Nigeria is an important moment for African politics, says Andrew Harding.
A 500-year-old bed left in a hotel car park once belonged to Welsh-born King Henry VII, historians claim.
The wife of a former Greek minister jailed for corruption escapes from a psychiatric hospital where she was being held, police say.
A man is jailed for four years after he pleads guilty to attacking disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, for whom more than £300,000 was raised in donations.
A novel about a scout camping weekend that takes a scary twist wins the inaugural James Herbert award for horror writing.
England coach Peter Moores says he is focused on the tour of the West Indies and not on batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Negotiations for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme stretch into a second extended day, with reports of progress but no final result.
Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state investigate the alleged kidnap and gang rape of two girls at gunpoint in Badaun district.
Since the start of Ukraine crisis, the number of pro-Russian websites in Czech has mushroomed, prompting fears of a Kremlin propaganda campaign.
The UK General Election is expected to dominate proceedings at First Minister's Questions as Nicola Sturgeon prepares for TV leaders debate.
At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials say.
The BBC's Ross Hawkins snuck inside ITV's studios at Media City in Salford, to get a sneak preview of the set where tonight's election debate will be held.
Australian education officials express shock over reports that a Canberra school put a child with special needs in a cage-like structure.
The ringleader of a gang who ran a "cash-for-crash" scam involving more than 200 bus passengers in Chester is convicted of fraud.
The FBI confirms that a senior Malaysian militant known as Marwan was killed in a bloody raid in the southern Philippines in January.
A two-day auction of art, jewellery, furniture and clothing owned by the late actress Lauren Bacall raises $3.64m (£2.45m) in New York.