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Leading public figures claim David Cameron risks causing division in society with his recent comments that the UK is a Christian country.
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 the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.
Japan's trade deficit quadruples in March as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.
Why immunisation cards are vital for millions
The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew.
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
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.
The story of Joseph Heller's 'forgotten' Catch-22 theatre script
The battle for exclusive online TV shows
Cubans trace roots back to remote Sierra Leone village
The expat investor helping businesses in Somalia
Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
Two cultures collide at the online retail giant
A ritual on the Ganges turns out to be not quite what it seems
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
A special commission is to investigate an attack against a prominent television anchor in Pakistan, the government has announced.
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.
Is this India's first social media election?
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urges equal opportunities and rights for women and condemns discrimination in a speech marking Women's Day.