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Mark Selby begins the defence of his World Championship title against Kurt Maflin, who beat Steve Davis in qualifying.
Five states in Mexico are on the alert after thieves steal potentially dangerous radioactive material, officials say.
A farmer who built a mock Tudor castle without planning permission says has no choice but to demolish it, after losing a seven-year legal battle.
A Northern Ireland man who critically injured his brother in a one-punch attack in Australia pleads guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.
The agriculture minister says jail terms and fines for dog breeding offences could be increased.
DJ Neil Fox pleads not guilty to nine sex offences, including three involving girls aged under 16
The mother of a five-year-old boy who died in a car fire is charged with his murder.
British snowboarder Billy Morgan becomes the first person to land a backside 1800 quadruple cork, in Livigno, Italy.
US city Eugene will host the 2021 World Athletics Championships after the IAAF bypasses the normal bidding process.
South Africa is set to hold a huge protest march against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban following a wave of attacks on foreigners.
Ross Hawkins looks ahead as the leaders of five of Westminster's opposition parties prepare for a live election debate later on Thursday.
Flags in Calais are flown at half-mast after a girl aged nine is found dead in woods, hours after being kidnapped.
Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat goes on trial for contempt at the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
Russia's President Putin is due to hold a live televised phone-in, with social welfare and housing high on the list of Russians' concerns.
Presenter James May condemns those who sent death threats to Sue Perkins over reports she was replacing Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.
Manny Pacquiao insists the timing is right for him to fight Floyd Mayweather after five years of build-up.
The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the current search zone, officials say.
The South Korean families still demanding answers
Aaron Cook can compete for Moldova after the British Olympic Association reluctantly agree to his request to switch nations.
Debenhams posts a 4.3% rise in pre-tax profit, bouncing back after a Christmas slump and beating analysts' expectations.