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VIDEO: Royals visit bush fire-ravaged town

55 min 58 sec ago
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains n Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.

Pistorius forensic tests challenged

56 min 5 sec ago
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.

Bus operator to axe 14 services

57 min 20 sec ago
The biggest bus operator in Wales announces it will axe 14 services and reduce eight others as it cuts its fleet by 10%.

Fireworks 'not to blame' for pile-up

59 min 6 sec ago
Smoke from fireworks was "not to blame" for a pile-up on the M5 near Taunton which killed seven people, a coroner rules.

Weather blights S Korea ferry search

1 hour 3 min ago
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 280 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.

Woman charged with murdering baby

1 hour 3 min ago
Police charge a 30-year-old woman with the murder of a baby in east Belfast.

Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty

1 hour 13 min ago
Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.

Lucas cleared over fracking protest

1 hour 14 min ago
Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants are cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies

1 hour 37 min ago
Puerto Rican salsa singer and composer Cheo Feliciano dies in a car crash in his native island aged 78.

Putin cautious on force in Ukraine

1 hour 51 min ago
Russia's President Putin says he hopes he will not have to exercise his "right" to send troops into Ukraine, as crisis talks are held with Western leaders in Geneva.

Funeral held for wall collapse pupil

2 hours 3 min ago
The funeral is held for a 12-year-old girl who died after a wall fell on her at an Edinburgh school.

German media boss criticises Google

2 hours 26 min ago
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.

Removed Banksy taken to city museum

2 hours 31 min ago
The Banksy picture at the centre of a row over ownership is moved from a youth club by police and taken to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

George Alagiah treated for cancer

2 hours 33 min ago
BBC News presenter George Alagiah is diagnosed with bowel cancer and will take a break from broadcasting while he receives treatment.

RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud

2 hours 36 min ago
Royal Bank of Scotland says law firm Clifford Chance has cleared it over allegations that it forced small firms to close so it could make a profit.

VIDEO: Queen hands out Maundy coins

2 hours 36 min ago
The Queen has handed out specially-minted coins as part of the traditional Royal Maundy service, held this year at Blackburn Cathedral.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

2 hours 38 min ago
Algerians are voting in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.

Prosecutors launch Abu Hamza trial

2 hours 41 min ago
Prosecutors in New York are due to open their terrorism case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.

Police thefts exposed in sting

2 hours 52 min ago
Two South Wales Police officers are convicted of theft after being caught in an undercover sting by their own force.

Efforts to find cause of power cut

2 hours 53 min ago
Engineers are still trying to establish what caused a power cut which blacked out most of northern Scotland on Wednesday night.