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Japan probes new 'hostage recording'

21 min 59 sec ago
Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.

Police gunfire killed Sydney hostage

24 min 4 sec ago
The start of the coroners inquest into the Sydney cafe siege hears that one hostage, Katrina Dawson, was killed by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.

Samsung earnings hit by mobile sales

38 min 24 sec ago
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.

NHS satisfaction 'risen significantly'

1 hour 3 min ago
Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.

Earthquake recorded in East Midlands

1 hour 26 min ago
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.

Argentina's Nisman 'feared guards'

1 hour 28 min ago
Top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in unexplained circumstances, borrowed a gun because he feared for his security, a colleague says.

US Supreme Court blocks executions

1 hour 42 min ago
The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel.

Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (agg 2-4)

1 hour 59 min ago
Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals with victory against nine-man Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

McDonald's boss steps down

2 hours 23 min ago
McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market.

Castro issues Guantanamo Bay demand

2 hours 45 min ago
Cuba demands the US hands back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.

Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink

3 hours 9 min ago
Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.

Sheff Utd 2-2 Tottenham (agg 2-3)

3 hours 12 min ago
Tottenham set up a Capital One Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley on 1 March with Christian Eriksen's late goal.

Russia boycotts European rights body

3 hours 21 min ago
The Russian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resumes its boycott in protest at Ukraine sanctions.

VIDEO: Ukraine hospitals 'under attack'

4 hours 49 sec ago
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford meets Andreas Koutepas, the local Medecins Sans Frontieres co-ordinator in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, who says that hospitals in the region have come under attack.

Facebook earnings beat expectations

4 hours 2 min ago
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.

Guinea 1-1 Mali

4 hours 31 min ago
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Mongomo.

Guinea 1-1 Mali

4 hours 31 min ago
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Mongomo.

France releases anti-jihadist video

4 hours 36 min ago
The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.

France releases anti-jihadist video

4 hours 36 min ago
The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.

Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three

5 hours 14 min ago
Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.