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Funding cuts and reforms in England and Wales have contributed to a drop in prison safety over the past two years, a parliamentary report says.
South Korean businessmen are visiting the Kaesong joint industrial zone in North Korea amid a row over a unilateral wage hike.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in the US at the start of a three day visit, during which they will meet President Obama.
The BBC gets a tour of the workshop of Hong Kong's most famous tailor, who has dressed former US president Bill Clinton and Michael Jackson, among others.
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.
Conservationists eagerly await the results of a UK study investigating whether it is possible to track endangered shark species via environmental DNA.
A painting dismissed as a replica for decades and kept in a museum storeroom is confirmed as a Joseph Wright original worth up to £1m.
Nexen Energy, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned energy giant CNOOC, said it will cut 400 jobs in its North American and UK operations.
A long-term study of nearly 3,500 babies points to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence in later life.
The US Secret Service says it is conducting further tests on an envelope posted to the White House which may contain cyanide.
Morbidly obese people in England should be given a free flu jab on the NHS each year, say government advisers.
Language teaching in England's primary and secondary schools is facing "a difficult climate", according to the findings of the Language Trends Survey.
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Oversight of the contract to run the first privately-managed NHS hospital was "poor and inadequate", a House of Commons committee chairwoman says.
Drug laws are being relaxed across the world, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic, so has the war on drugs been lost?
Home-grown culture and arts play a central role in Russia's sense of self, says Bridget Kendall - and Vladimir Putin wants to use that to his own ends.
A US university fraternity has been suspended while police investigate allegations that nude female photos were posted to a private Facebook page.
Indonesia has ended the search for the Air Asia plane that crashed in the Java Sea in December, as Alice Budisatrijo reports
Almost 500 children across the West Midlands were victims of or at risk of sexual exploitation in the first half of last year, new figures reveal.