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Snatched baby found after 17 years

30 min 39 sec ago
A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital.

US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death

35 min 41 sec ago
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.

Qatar 2022 final by 18 Dec - Blatter

54 min 23 sec ago
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the Qatar 2022 World Cup final should be played no later than 18 December.

US growth revised down to 2.2%

56 min 58 sec ago
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.

Eight die in series of US shootings

1 hour 1 min ago
Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say.

PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'

1 hour 7 min ago
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria.

Mugabe admits land reform flaws

1 hour 22 min ago
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big".

Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO

1 hour 24 min ago
Teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanent hearing loss by listening to music "too much, too loud", the World Health Organization says.

VIDEO: Prince and Emperor meet in Japan

1 hour 25 min ago
Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees

1 hour 27 min ago
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

Lloyds to resume dividend payments

1 hour 27 min ago
Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Threat to east Ukraine 'to persist'

1 hour 34 min ago
Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia.

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years

1 hour 39 min ago
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10%

1 hour 39 min ago
Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.

Rutherford out of European Indoors

1 hour 59 min ago
Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford will miss the European Indoor Championships to focus on outdoor season.

BA owner reports soaring profits

2 hours 23 min ago
International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.

VIDEO: Meet Ukraine's most-feared volunteers

2 hours 29 min ago
The strategically important city of Mariupol is being defended not only by regular Ukrainian army troops but also by fighters who swear allegiance to the Azov Battalion.

Robin Williams' daughter speaks out

2 hours 36 min ago
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August.

Argentine president case dismissed

2 hours 37 min ago
A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.

Parents of Thai ex-princess arrested

2 hours 40 min ago
The parents of a former Thai princess are detained under the lese majeste law, after admitting that they misused their royal connections.