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Festival 'lucky' to welcome stars

April 18, 2014 - 4:50am
Organisers of the Hay Festival of literature say they are "incredibly lucky" to welcome big names such as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher as part of the line-up for this years event.

VIDEO: A day in the life of the BBC in Ukraine

April 18, 2014 - 4:11am
James Reynolds records team's day in eastern Ukraine

Hamilton top in second practice

April 18, 2014 - 3:39am
Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.

Obama cautious over Ukraine deal

April 18, 2014 - 2:51am
President Obama says Russia must show signs of honouring a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, as separatists remain defiant.

Gold found in Indian man's stomach

April 18, 2014 - 2:51am
A stack of 12 bars of gold were recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him tells the BBC.

VIDEO: Row over Irish dancing make-up ban

April 18, 2014 - 2:32am
The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.

VIDEO: Royals watch sheep shearing at show

April 18, 2014 - 1:37am
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made an appearance at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, during their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: Anxious time for Syria's Christians

April 18, 2014 - 1:23am
Around the world Christians are marking Holy Week in the run up to Easter, but for Syria's Christians, it is also an anxious time as the country's war drags on into a fourth year.

China jails corruption activists

April 18, 2014 - 1:10am
China jails four more activists linked to the Xu Zhiyong-founded New Citizens' Movement, which seeks government transparency.

Alonso quickest in China practice

April 17, 2014 - 11:57pm
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso welcomes his new team principal to Formula 1 by setting the pace in first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm'

April 17, 2014 - 11:56pm
The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

April 17, 2014 - 11:39pm
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

Rob Ford launches re-election bid

April 17, 2014 - 9:06pm
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off his re-election campaign at an event his brother calls "history in the making".

Trouble in paradise for Chile's Easter Island

April 17, 2014 - 9:02pm
Easter Island struggles to cope with tourist influx

VIDEO: Indians abroad call for absentee ballot

April 17, 2014 - 8:53pm
A UK-based group of non-resident Indians is campaigning to persuade the Indian government to implement a system of absentee balloting.

Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

April 17, 2014 - 8:49pm
Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.

Peru evacuates Ubinas volcano area

April 17, 2014 - 8:36pm
The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

April 17, 2014 - 8:15pm
Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.

Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade

April 17, 2014 - 8:10pm
A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.

AUDIO: Martin Freeman: No more Mr Nice Guy

April 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
After playing dependable characters in Sherlock, The Office and The Hobbit, Martin Freeman presents his colder side in the TV version of Fargo.