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Bob Larbey, co-writer of classic sitcoms The Good Life, Ever Decreasing Circles and Brush Strokes, has died at the age of 79, his agent confirms.
Brazilian troops enter one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous slums, in the biggest operation to improve security ahead of the World Cup.
A convicted Mafia boss is remanded in custody after being rearrested over his connections to the criminal network.
Lewis Hamilton beats Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in final practice at the Bahrain GP as Sebastian Vettel spins off.
Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad on 'historic' presidential election.
A volcano just south of Ecuador's capital Quito has erupted, creating a spectacular plume of ash, several kilometres high.
A young boy, said to be only nine months old, has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs.
Kurt Cobain's town ambivalent over grunge star, 20 years after death
A Conservative MP defends a government adviser after claims she invoked the Leveson Inquiry to influence coverage of the culture secretary's expenses.
Karen Allen reports from a female polling station in northern Afghanistan, where the presidential elections are underway.
Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports say.
Andy Murray beats Andreas Seppi to draw Great Britain level at 1-1 with Italy in their Davis Cup quarter-final in Naples.
A volcano just south of Ecuador's capital Quito has created a spectacular plum of ash, several kilometres high.
Why it's tough being a woman and a fan in Kuwait
Sergio Garcia equals the 36-hole record at the Houston Open to claim a one-shot lead at the halfway stage.
A soldier who killed three men at a US Army base had an argument over a leave request shortly before the shooting, reports say.
A clean-up operation is underway in northern Chile where a magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused major damage on Tuesday.
Dozens of ships and planes join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as the operation moves into its most intensive phase.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says the Church of England accepting same sex marriage could lead to violence against Christians in other countries.