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PM's Christianity remarks 'divisive'

35 min 26 sec ago
Leading public figures claim David Cameron risks causing division in society with his recent comments that the UK is a Christian country.

Ukraine probes deaths in tense east

1 hour 5 min ago
Ukraine says it will launch an investigation into a fatal shooting in the east of the country which has raised tension with Russia further.

Fresh violence erupts in Venezuela

1 hour 35 min ago
Fresh violence erupts in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.

Japan's trade deficit quadruples

1 hour 48 min ago
Japan's trade deficit quadruples in March as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.

In pictures: Childhood vaccination

2 hours 56 min ago
Why immunisation cards are vital for millions

Ferry transcript reveals crew panic

3 hours 2 min ago
The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'

3 hours 18 min ago
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.

Gibraltar fire hits online gambling

3 hours 19 min ago
An explosion and fire on Gibraltar cuts power to much of the British territory and disrupts a number of online betting operations around the world.

Rare airing for Heller's Catch-22 staging

3 hours 44 min ago
The story of Joseph Heller's 'forgotten' Catch-22 theatre script

Netflix battles for big budget TV

3 hours 58 min ago
The battle for exclusive online TV shows

Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village

3 hours 59 min ago
Cubans trace roots back to remote Sierra Leone village

The man who helps Somali firms grow

4 hours 3 min ago
The expat investor helping businesses in Somalia

Hidden company owners to be revealed

4 hours 5 min ago
Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

Where Wall Street met Silicon Valley

4 hours 9 min ago
Two cultures collide at the online retail giant

Invented tradition and the religion of the ancients

4 hours 14 min ago
A ritual on the Ganges turns out to be not quite what it seems

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

4 hours 16 min ago
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

VIDEO: Pakistan anchor attack to be probed

4 hours 23 min ago
A special commission is to investigate an attack against a prominent television anchor in Pakistan, the government has announced.

Egypt's Sisi to face sole poll rival

5 hours 3 min ago
Left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi will be the only challenger to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt's presidential election, as registration ends.

VIDEO: Is this India's first social media election?

5 hours 24 min ago
Is this India's first social media election?

Iran's Rouhani urges women's rights

5 hours 48 min ago
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urges equal opportunities and rights for women and condemns discrimination in a speech marking Women's Day.