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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.
James Reynolds records team's day in eastern Ukraine
Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.
President Obama says Russia must show signs of honouring a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, as separatists remain defiant.
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.
The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made an appearance at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, during their tour of Australia.
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 four more activists linked to the Xu Zhiyong-founded New Citizens' Movement, which seeks government transparency.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso welcomes his new team principal to Formula 1 by setting the pace in first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.
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.
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.
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off his re-election campaign at an event his brother calls "history in the making".
Easter Island struggles to cope with tourist influx
A UK-based group of non-resident Indians is campaigning to persuade the Indian government to implement a system of absentee balloting.
Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.
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.
Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.
After playing dependable characters in Sherlock, The Office and The Hobbit, Martin Freeman presents his colder side in the TV version of Fargo.