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A call for volunteers to offer a listening ear has been made by a helpline charity which supports people coping with loneliness.
Australia captain Michael Clarke pays tribute to Phillip Hughes on what would have been his 26th birthday.
Agency workers across Wales are losing out on money because their wages are paid through firms which deduct costs, a union claims.
Steven Gerrard's Liverpool future uncertain, Arsenal keen on James McCarthy, Ryan Giggs tipped for Wigan role, plus more
Once hunted to near extinction, the humpback whales of the Canadian Pacific are back in larger numbers, and the government has downgraded their status from "threatened" to that "of special concern".
"It's England's turn now," say English council leaders, in an open letter calling for more powers to be devolved from Westminster to the regions.
A 13-year-old boy who went missing four years ago has been discovered alive, hidden behind a fake wall in a home near Atlanta, Georgia.
Pope Francis is to conclude his three-day visit to Turkey, which is aimed at strengthening relations between different faiths.
Tributes have been paid to a German student who died after she was beaten for stopping a group of men harassing two women.
Colombia's largest rebel group, the Farc, says Gen Alzate and two other hostages it kidnapped earlier this month will be freed later.
Moldova is to vote in parliamentary elections which are widely seen as a contest between pro-EU parties and those backing closer ties with Russia.
Voters in Switzerland are due to go to the polls to decide on measures aimed at severely restricting immigration.
A minute's silence is held at the scene of a helicopter crash in Glasgow exactly a year after 10 people lost their lives in the tragedy.
The structure of a key protein implicated in diseases affecting the heart muscle has been uncovered, scientists say.
Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron reflect on the referendum campaign as they mark Scotland's national day.
Does anybody ever 'think the unthinkable'?
Are we becoming a nation of runners?
The swashbuckling lion-killer who became an Israeli hero
The music that reveals the truth about Tunisia
A woman has "possible life-threatening head injuries" after being hit by a police car that was responding to reports of a man with a knife.