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Blessed finishes show after collapse

January 21, 2015 - 4:30am
Actor Brian Blessed collapses while playing King Lear in an apparent heart scare, but later returns to complete the show.

Care cuts 'leave old high and dry'

January 21, 2015 - 4:26am
Older people in England are being left "high and dry" by councils cutting back on the care and support they provide, Age UK says.

Newer heart attack test for women

January 21, 2015 - 4:25am
Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women if they used a newer, more sensitive blood test, say UK researchers.

LRA commander arrives in The Hague

January 21, 2015 - 4:24am
A Lord's Resistance Army commander, Dominic Ongwen, arrives in The Hague to face war crimes charges over atrocities in Uganda and elsewhere.

Why India should not get complacent over its tiger population

January 21, 2015 - 4:21am
Why rising numbers are no reason for complacency

Myanmar probes monk's UN comments

January 21, 2015 - 4:02am
Myanmar says it is investigating a speech by a Buddhist monk in which he insulted a UN rapporteur who called for rights for Muslims.

NRL says sorry for swear-word error

January 21, 2015 - 3:51am
The NRL apologises for asking players to choose their favourite profanities and then publishing responses on its website.

Iraq War report 'not before election'

January 21, 2015 - 3:22am
The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will not report until after the election, a delay Nick Clegg says is "incomprehensible".

VIDEO: The unbeatable poker playing machine

January 21, 2015 - 3:11am
Researchers have created a program that is unbeatable in the game of Texas hold 'em poker.

Surging Shanghai shares lead markets

January 21, 2015 - 2:25am
Chinese shares surged on Wednesday, making up for some of the heavy losses seen earlier in the week.

China punishes stampede officials

January 21, 2015 - 2:08am
China says four district officials have been sacked over a stampede on New Year's Eve in Shanghai that left 36 people dead.

Second seed Sharapova survives scare

January 21, 2015 - 1:41am
Maria Sharapova survives a huge scare at the Australian Open, saving two match points to beat world number 150 Alexandra Panova.

Boko Haram 'leader' claims Baga raid

January 21, 2015 - 1:31am
A man purporting to be the leader of militant group Boko Haram says in a video that his fighters carried out a deadly raid on the Nigerian town of Baga.

Australia detains Malaysian fugitive

January 21, 2015 - 1:12am
Australian authorities detain a man sentenced to death in Malaysia for the murder a Mongolian woman in 2006, local media say.

Delhi leaders file election papers

January 21, 2015 - 12:56am
Rivals in the upcoming elections in the Indian capital Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, file their nominations.

Afghan journalists face increasing danger - report

January 21, 2015 - 12:31am
Afghan journalists face increasing dangers

Yemen situation 'critical' - rebels

January 21, 2015 - 12:12am
The leader of Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen says the country is at a critical moment, hours after his forces shelled the president's home.

Murray eases into round three

January 20, 2015 - 11:37pm
Andy Murray makes short work of local hope Marinko Matosevic, winning 6-1 6-3 6-2 on the hottest day so far at the Australian Open.

Google and Fidelity invest in SpaceX

January 20, 2015 - 11:23pm
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised $1bn (£659m) in funding from tech giant Google and Fidelity Investments, the firm said on Tuesday.

IBM quarterly earnings take a hit

January 20, 2015 - 8:18pm
Earnings for the world's largest technology services company, IBM, slumped in the fourth quarter as it moved away from its hardware business.