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VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria

15 min ago
Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

21 min 21 sec ago
Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria.

VIDEO: Hundreds missing as S Korea ferry sinks

35 min 27 sec ago
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off the coast of South Korea.

Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

37 min 18 sec ago
Manchester City drop points in the title race but they recover from a goal down to salvage a late draw with Sunderland.

Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace

57 min 13 sec ago
Everton hand the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as they suffer a surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.

India to vote on biggest polling day

1 hour 18 min ago
Indians are due to begin voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested

1 hour 24 min ago
A 19-year-old Canadian is charged with hacking the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest over the Heartbleed security breach.

Search for S Korea ferry passengers

1 hour 28 min ago
Emergency services continue to search overnight for almost 300 people unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people sank off South Korea.

VIDEO: NYPD shuts down Muslim 'spying' unit

1 hour 30 min ago
A secret New York Police Department programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats has been disbanded.

Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia

2 hours 50 min ago
Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

Injured Pietersen out of IPL opener

3 hours 6 min ago
Kevin Pietersen will miss Delhi Daredevils' IPL opening game against Bangalore on Thursday with a finger injury.

North Dakota abortion ban overturned

3 hours 30 min ago
A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.

Two killed in M26 five-vehicle crash

3 hours 46 min ago
Two people die in a five-vehicle crash which closed the M26 in both directions.

Iran execution stopped at last minute

4 hours 14 min ago
The public hanging stopped at the last minute

Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss

4 hours 34 min ago
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.

UN mulls medal for peacekeepers

4 hours 48 min ago
The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs

4 hours 53 min ago
The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.

Ukraine military column 'disarmed'

4 hours 57 min ago
Ukraine's defence ministry says six of its armoured vehicles have been seized by pro-Russian militants, amid mounting tension in eastern Ukraine.

Villa boss Lambert praised by owner

5 hours 1 min ago
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner praises club boss Paul Lambert after he has had to confront some "unexpected issues".

Mid-East peace talks meeting delayed

5 hours 10 min ago
A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.