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VIDEO: Taylor Swift praise for lip-sync cop

January 19, 2015 - 8:43am
Taylor Swift has backed a police officer whose version of her song Shake It Off has become a YouTube hit.

VIDEO: Deadly US crashes blamed on ice

January 19, 2015 - 8:26am
Severe icy weather conditions have led to several road accidents in north eastern US over the weekend

Vonn breaks World Cup wins record

January 19, 2015 - 8:11am
American Lindsey Vonn breaks the record for the most World Cup wins in women's downhill skiing with her 63rd career victory.

'Israeli strike' killed Iran general

January 19, 2015 - 8:08am
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards confirm that a general was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Richest 1% to own more than the rest

January 19, 2015 - 7:52am
Wealth amassed by the richest 1% will soon overtake the amount owned by everyone else in the world, says charity group Oxfam.

Day in pictures: 19 January 2015

January 19, 2015 - 7:48am
Images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours

AirAsia crash 'not due to terrorism'

January 19, 2015 - 7:38am
The crash of AirAsia QZ8501 three weeks ago was not likely due to terrorism, say Indonesian investigators analysing the cockpit voice recorder.

Corrie drops actress over age claims

January 19, 2015 - 7:36am
Coronation Street have dropped an actress who duped producers about her real age to win a part as a 14-year-old.

Cameroon punished for taking on Boko Haram

January 19, 2015 - 6:51am
Boko Haram's threat to region grows after Cameroon kidnappings

Tear gas at Kenya playground protest

January 19, 2015 - 6:41am
Kenyan police fire tear gas at pupils of a Nairobi government school protesting about the sale of their playground to a private developer.

Saint Laurent fashion to go on show

January 19, 2015 - 6:34am
The first major UK exhibition on the fashion of Yves Saint Laurent is to be staged at the Bowes Museum in County Durham later this year.

Polio guard shot dead in Karachi

January 19, 2015 - 6:33am
Gunmen shoot dead a policeman escorting a polio vaccination team in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

Life on the road - Kvitova's diary

January 19, 2015 - 6:25am
Petra Kvitova talks about life on the road with Team Petra in the Wimbledon champion's first BBC Sport column.

VIDEO: Top Argentine prosecutor found dead

January 19, 2015 - 6:11am
An Argentine federal prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up has been found dead at his home in Buenos Aires.

Saudis 'can cope' with low oil price

January 19, 2015 - 6:09am
Saudi Arabia can cope with low oil prices for "at least eight years", Saudi Arabia's petroleum minister's former senior adviser has told the BBC.

New Haitian government announced

January 19, 2015 - 6:07am
Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced the formation of a new government which is to be sworn in on Monday.

British trio ready for first round

January 19, 2015 - 5:51am
Three Britons will be involved on day two of the Australian Open as they attempt to join Andy Murray in round two.

Indian cartoonist Laxman in hospital

January 19, 2015 - 5:39am
Legendary Indian cartoonist RK Laxman, 94, is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering multiple-organ failure, doctors say.

VIDEO: 'Nut rage' trial begins in South Korea

January 19, 2015 - 5:31am
The former Korean Airlines executive, Cho Hyun-ah, has appeared in court in Seoul accused of violating aviation safety laws and endangering passengers.

Monday's gossip column

January 19, 2015 - 5:09am
Liverpool pull out of Origi deal, Tony Pulis bids for Callum McManaman, De Gea and £40m for Bale, plus more.