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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 conglomerate Fosun, which owns Club Med, buys a 5% stake in UK travel group of Thomas Cook.
The military commander of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group, Abu Homam al-Shami, is reportedly killed in an air strike.
Archaeologists and cultural officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.
The winners of this year's International Hair Freezing competition in Yukon in Canada have been announced.
Two hundred tourists have had a dramatic rescue from stranded cable cars at a ski resort in northern Italy.
Most Asian markets were higher on Friday as investors wait for the key monthly US jobs report.
A Ukrainian military pilot breaks off her hunger strike after 83 days in a Russian prison.
Nine people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, with one attacker shot dead, police say.
South Korean police say they are seeking charges of attempted murder against a man who slashed the US ambassador to Seoul.
England's population has risen by more than half a million since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by Oxford University estimates.
Europe editor Katya Adler on the alarm at Russian muscle-flexing
Lithuania is going to reintroduce conscription over concerns about "the current geopolitical environment" in the Baltic states.
The tenacious deep-sea search for MH370
Canada has confirmed that a Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim has been detained by North Korea, his family and church say.
There are approximately 46,000 Twitter accounts operating on behalf of Islamic State, a new US study claims.
The government should speak up in support of democracy in Hong Kong or risk damage to the UK's reputation there, MPs say.
Common chemicals that disrupt hormones could cost more than €150bn a year in damage to health in Europe, studies claim.
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 top French arts job