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Huge clouds, thunder, lightning and heavy rain hit Sydney and much of New South Wales in Australia
China announces a growth target of 7.5% and reveals plans to raise its defence budget by 12.2%, as it opens its annual parliament session.
India's election will take place from 7 April to 12 May, officials say, in a race pitting Rahul Gandhi's Congress party against the Narendra Modi-led BJP.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar after alleging that the emirate has been meddling in their internal affairs.
Will unmanned ships be a reality on our oceans within the next decade? Rolls-Royce thinks such vessels are inevitable.
Former British soldier Mick Brennan will not compete in Saturday's downhill at the Winter Paralympics after describing conditions as "scary".
A man who was in charge of executions in Georgia explains why he is campaigning for an end to the death penalty.
Business growth in the eurozone accelerated last month to its fastest pace since June 2011, a survey suggests.
Public transport is paralysed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, as taxi operators embark on a protest against higher parking fees in the city.
Cold War echoes as Putin vies with West
Did Norse raiders really have horns on their helmet?
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is to move to Italian side Inter Milan in the summer.
A museum in Amsterdam acquires two artworks by Steve McQueen, the Turner Prize-winning artist turned film-maker whose 12 Years a Slave was named best picture at this year's Academy Awards.
Emergency relief is being provided for drought-hit famers in eastern Australia, as Phil Mercer reports.
Labour urges a report on the impact of non-EU immigration on the UK to be published - but No 10 says it is not ready.
Standard Chartered, the London-based bank that gets three quarters of its profit from Asia, reports its first fall in profits for a decade.
At least six Pakistani soldiers are killed in a bombing in the north-west, as violence continues despite an apparent ceasefire with militants.
Official figures show that February was Singapore's driest month in nearly 150 years, as drought continues to hit the wider region.
Nick Clegg is to go head-to-head with Nigel Farage in an hour-long debate on Europe to be televised on BBC Two.
Actor Michael Le Vell, who plays Coronation Street's Kevin Webster, is to take a break from the show to get help for "personal issues", ITV confirms.