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Drivers get 10-minute parking leeway

5 min 28 sec ago
Drivers will get 10 minutes' grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parks in England, the government announces.

Chinese firm buys 5% of Thomas Cook

8 min ago
Chinese conglomerate Fosun, which owns Club Med, buys a 5% stake in UK travel group of Thomas Cook.

Syria Nusra chief 'killed in strike'

8 min 45 sec ago
The military commander of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group, Abu Homam al-Shami, is reportedly killed in an air strike.

IS 'erasing history' in Nimrud, Iraq

22 min 4 sec ago
Archaeologists and cultural officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.

VIDEO: An 'ice' hairdo: Frozen hair contest

37 min 39 sec ago
The winners of this year's International Hair Freezing competition in Yukon in Canada have been announced.

VIDEO: Skiers rescued after cable car accident

1 hour 13 min ago
Two hundred tourists have had a dramatic rescue from stranded cable cars at a ski resort in northern Italy.

Asia shares up ahead of US jobs data

1 hour 14 min ago
Most Asian markets were higher on Friday as investors wait for the key monthly US jobs report.

VIDEO: Ukraine pilot breaks hunger strike

1 hour 15 min ago
A Ukrainian military pilot breaks off her hunger strike after 83 days in a Russian prison.

Nine hurt in China station attack

1 hour 16 min ago
Nine people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, with one attacker shot dead, police say.

Charges sought over US envoy attack

1 hour 29 min ago
South Korean police say they are seeking charges of attempted murder against a man who slashed the US ambassador to Seoul.

Population 'up 565,000 since 2011'

2 hours 24 sec ago
England's population has risen by more than half a million since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by Oxford University estimates.

Baltic states shiver as Russia flexes muscles

3 hours 7 min ago
Europe editor Katya Adler on the alarm at Russian muscle-flexing

VIDEO: Lithuania reintroduces conscription

3 hours 7 min ago
Lithuania is going to reintroduce conscription over concerns about "the current geopolitical environment" in the Baltic states.

MH370: Behind the tenacious deep-sea hunt for missing plane

3 hours 14 min ago
The tenacious deep-sea search for MH370

Canadian pastor detained in N Korea

March 5, 2015 - 11:07pm
Canada has confirmed that a Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim has been detained by North Korea, his family and church say.

'Nearly 50,000' pro-IS Twitter feeds

March 5, 2015 - 10:56pm
There are approximately 46,000 Twitter accounts operating on behalf of Islamic State, a new US study claims.

Do more for Hong Kong, MPs urge

March 5, 2015 - 10:45pm
The government should speak up in support of democracy in Hong Kong or risk damage to the UK's reputation there, MPs say.

Disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’

March 5, 2015 - 10:34pm
Common chemicals that disrupt hormones could cost more than €150bn a year in damage to health in Europe, studies claim.

President Obama urged to arm Ukraine

March 5, 2015 - 10:03pm
Senior figures in Congress urge the US president to send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian rebels.

Nepotism row over French arts job

March 5, 2015 - 9:51pm
Nepotism row over top French arts job