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The UK Independence Party's Mark Reckless has won the Rochester and Strood by-election, giving the party a second seat at Westminster.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament, paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support.
UKIP's Mark Reckless wins the Rochester and Strood by-election - the party's second Westminster seat.
A Malaysian diplomat accused of attempted rape and burglary in New Zealand pleads not guilty to his charges in Wellington.
Three pieces of evidence are revealed by police investigating the 1994 murder of a taxi driver.
Who exactly is Philly Jesus?
A Dutch teenager whose mother helped bring her back from the conflict in Syria is due to appear in court on suspicion of threatening state security.
MPs will debate are to debate a bill which its supporters say will roll back what they see as the creeping privatisation of the NHS in England
A conservation charity suggests an increase in sightings of the Loch Ness Monster was due to debris from woodland on the shores of the loch.
Nicaragua says construction of its $50bn inter-oceanic canal will begin next month after feasibility studies are approved.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is attracting increasing amounts of foreign investment but is hoping to win more with a message of cheap and plentiful labour.
Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a ministerial re-shuffle later with a strong female presence expected.
One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's earliest works is recreated on the walls of the Glasgow Art Club as part of a £1.2m refurbishment.
A project supporting victims of honour abuse in Edinburgh is been awarded almost £800,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Reuters photographer tells the story behind his picture of a cull at a farm in Nafferton following the discovery of bird flu.
Grammar school pupils in the 1980s were no more likely to gain degrees from "elite" universities than comprehensive pupils, research suggests.
Libya has yet to recover from the disease of Gaddafi, says James Robbins, and it is difficult to be optimistic about the future.
The chief executive of renowned auction house Sotheby's, William Ruprecht, is stepping down after 14 years at the helm.
Reports highly critical of "safeguarding" at seven east London schools, including six Muslim schools, are set to be published by Ofsted.
HM Revenue and Customs has not properly investigated why a tax relief scheme has cost £2bn more than expected, according to the National Audit Office.