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Soulful synth-pop trio Years & Years have come top of the BBC Sound Of 2015 list, which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.
Bill Cosby is heckled by a man who shouts "you are a rapist" during a show in London, Ontario.
A public consultation over the future of the north Wales fire service enters its final day.
People are already sick and tired of mud-slinging ahead of the general election, a senior Plaid Cymru MP warns.
Robbie Savage looks at Everton's problems in defence and attack and explains what Toffees boss Roberto Martinez can do to turn things around.
Patrick Lyttle, a 31-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has come out of a coma after allegedly being knocked unconscious by his brother in Sydney.
Rapper 50 Cent was at the Consumer Electronics Show with his new range of headphones, which double up as health monitors.
Two men and a woman are now being questioned by police investigating the murder of a restaurant owner, who was stabbed after his car was forced off the road.
The BBC has gained access to training camps inside Russia where fighters talk openly about taking on the Ukrainian army, despite official Russian denials of their involvement.
Sri Lanka's long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted defeat in the presidential election, his office says.
A huge manhunt near Paris will intensify at dawn for two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.
"Pings" have been detected in the Java Sea which could have come from the black box of AirAsia flight QZ8501, officials say.
The son of Chinese film star Jackie Chan, Jaycee, is jailed for six months in China on a charge of "sheltering others to use drugs".
Reuters photographer Dimitar Dilkoff on how he captured a picture of celebrations to mark Epiphany in Bulgaria.
China's consumer inflation rate rises 1.5% in December from a year earlier, below the government's target of 3.5%, and sticking at a near five-year low.
Australian actor Rod Taylor, who starred in The Time Machine and Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The Birds, dies aged 84, US reports say.
Why Venezuelans are posting pictures of bare supermarkets
How heavy metal rockers are uprooting South Dakota cattle culture
What happens when believers marry atheists?
How did Serena Williams wake herself up?