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Firms to begin inmate rehabilitation

23 min 22 sec ago
A scheme that will use private contractors to rehabilitate prisoners who have served short sentences is due to start.

Japan outrage at hostage 'beheading'

35 min 23 sec ago
Japan reacts with anger as a video is released online appearing to show the murder of hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant.

Sunday's gossip column

44 min 20 sec ago
Pochettino's Spurs eye Rodriguez, Premier League may punish Mourinho, Reus wants to work with Wenger, plus more.

Death row Briton appeals for UK help

44 min 34 sec ago
A British woman, sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Bali, has written to the UK government asking for legal help or funding for an appeal.

Protesters back on Hong Kong streets

1 hour 26 min ago
Pro-democracy protesters return to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since the mass Occupy demonstrations ended last year.

Abbott suffers Queensland poll blow

3 hours 1 min ago
Australian PM Tony Abbott's coalition seems to be heading for a dramatic defeat in elections in the north-eastern state of Queensland.

Pupils 'must know times tables by 11'

January 31, 2015 - 11:10pm
All children in England will need to know their 12 times table by the time they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary.

New Jersey governor begins UK visit

January 31, 2015 - 11:01pm
New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron.

Balloonists complete Pacific journey

January 31, 2015 - 8:37pm
Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their Pacific crossing with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

January 31, 2015 - 8:16pm
Round-up of social media trends around the world this week

What could you buy for a Super Bowl ad?

January 31, 2015 - 7:59pm
What could you buy for the cost of a Super Bowl ad?

Sink or Swim? The global drowning crisis

January 31, 2015 - 7:23pm
Playpens to drones - new ideas to reduce deaths by drowning

Ex-Colombia spy chief appears in court

January 31, 2015 - 7:08pm
Ex-Colombian intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado appears in court in Bogota charged with spying on politicians, judges and journalists.

The Swedish Schindler who disappeared

January 31, 2015 - 7:00pm
The man who saved thousands of Jews then disappeared

The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal

January 31, 2015 - 7:00pm
The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal

Stamp was not on purpose - Costa

January 31, 2015 - 6:30pm
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says there was no malicious intent behind his stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Stamp was not on purpose - Costa

January 31, 2015 - 6:30pm
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says there was no malicious intent behind his stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Chile proposes to end abortion ban

January 31, 2015 - 6:01pm
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Blaze wrecks Moscow public library

January 31, 2015 - 5:43pm
A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building in the capital Moscow.

'Dozens killed' in Ukraine fighting

January 31, 2015 - 5:30pm
At least 40 people, including soldiers and civilians, are reported to have died in eastern Ukraine as ceasefire talks end without progress.