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AirAsia recovery operation suspended

January 27, 2015 - 4:27am
The Indonesian military suspends recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea after repeatedly failing to lift the fuselage.

Facebook suffers widespread fault

January 27, 2015 - 3:56am
Facebook says it was responsible for a fault that caused its social network, Instagram photo service and other apps to become unavailable for about 40 minutes.

Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

January 27, 2015 - 3:34am
Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned.

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies

January 27, 2015 - 3:11am
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC.

US and India can be 'best partners'

January 27, 2015 - 3:05am
President Barack Obama says the US and India should "stand together" as he concludes a three-day visit seen as a sign of warming ties between the two countries.

Crime victims 'ignored and confused'

January 27, 2015 - 3:00am
Victims of crime in England and Wales are still being let down by the justice system, says an independent review by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove.

Japan's Nikkei hits one-month high

January 27, 2015 - 2:43am
Tokyo's Nikkei share index rose sharply on Tuesday, helped by a weaker yen and by the calm reaction in US and European markets to the Greek election result.

Widodo vows no death row amnesty

January 27, 2015 - 2:12am
Indonesia's president says there will be "no amnesty" for drug traffickers facing the death penalty, despite Australian appeals over its citizens.

VIDEO: US states 'closed' amid snowstorm

January 27, 2015 - 1:57am
The eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada is bracing for a massive storm, with winds of up to 80 mph (130km/h) expected to bring up to 3ft (1m) of snow.

VIDEO: Argentina's secret service 'disbanded'

January 27, 2015 - 1:44am
The Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced she plans to disband the country's intelligence agency.

Nadal beaten by Berdych in Melbourne

January 27, 2015 - 1:35am
Tomas Berdych ends a 17-match losing streak against Rafael Nadal as he beats him to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

Fidel Castro reacts to US-Cuba thaw

January 27, 2015 - 12:42am
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears to have given tacit approval to recent moves by Cuba and the US to restore diplomatic relations.

Qantas ups fares after surcharge cut

January 26, 2015 - 11:31pm
Australia's national carrier Qantas will axe fuel surcharges on international ticket prices, but will raise base air fares to compensate for the cut.

VIDEO: Splashdown as plane runs out of fuel

January 26, 2015 - 11:22pm
Dramatic footage has been released of the moment a pilot, whose plane was running out of fuel, survived ditching in the ocean off Hawaii on Sunday.

Sharapova too strong for Bouchard

January 26, 2015 - 11:00pm
Maria Sharapova beats seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to set up an all-Russian Australian Open semi-final.

South Korea swimmer fails dope test

January 26, 2015 - 10:59pm
South Korea's first Olympic swimming gold medallist Park Tae-hwan fails a doping test, with his management blaming a chiropractic injection.

Greece debt repayment 'unrealistic'

January 26, 2015 - 10:01pm
It is unrealistic to expect Greece to repay its huge debt in full, a spokesman for Syriza - which won Sunday's election - tells the BBC.

VIDEO: Holocaust-era violins play again

January 26, 2015 - 9:21pm
Holocaust-era violins repaired to make music once more

Building the world's tallest minaret

January 26, 2015 - 9:08pm
Why Algeria is building the world's tallest minaret

US urges 'more inclusive' Thailand

January 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
The most senior US envoy for East Asia says Thai politics should be "more inclusive", as he makes the highest-level visit since last year's coup.