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Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes

6 hours 14 min ago
Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Lorry driver held over M26 crash

6 hours 51 min ago
A lorry driver is arrested following a five-vehicle pile up on the M26 in Kent in which two people died and seven others were injured.

Artists have unique brain structure

7 hours 6 min ago
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Australia navy captains disciplined

7 hours 7 min ago
An Australian navy captain is removed from his command and another disciplined for violating Indonesia's waters on asylum patrol duties.

Bryan Singer sex abuse claim 'absurd'

7 hours 44 min ago
Claims that X-Men director Bryan Singer sexually abused a teenager in 1999 are dismissed as "completely without merit" by the film-maker's lawyer.

Co-op Group confirms £2.5bn losses

7 hours 51 min ago
The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst results in the group's 150-year history.

Pistorius forensic tests challenged

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

Rock band AC/DC are 'not retiring'

7 hours 58 min ago
AC/DC confirm they will continue making music, following news guitarist and founder member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

7 hours 59 min ago
Polls open in Algeria where 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term in office.

Royals visit bushfire-ravaged town

8 hours 10 min ago
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet families whose homes were destroyed by bushfires that ravaged parts of Australia last year, as they tour the country.

Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff

8 hours 14 min ago
The BBC obtain a letter sent by Cardiff City that says their defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.

Pensioners could get death estimate

8 hours 16 min ago
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

Mulberry warns of lower profits

8 hours 50 min ago
Luxury goods retailer Mulberry issues its second profit warning since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new "more affordable" products.

Welcome (back) to Beijing

8 hours 52 min ago
The BBC's new China editor on what's changed since she last lived there

Charles Xue gets bail after illness

9 hours 5 min ago
One of China's most influential bloggers, Charles Xue, is granted bail after months of detention because of a "serious illness", officials say.

China sales fall hits Remy Cointreau

9 hours 28 min ago
French spirits firm Remy Cointreau says operating profits will fall by up to 40% after a crackdown by China on extravagant spending hits sales.

Google shares fall on ad concerns

9 hours 40 min ago
Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

VIDEO: William and Kate visit Blue Mountains

10 hours 21 min ago
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains n Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.

VIDEO: Confidence returns to Kashmir

10 hours 28 min ago
As Indians vote in the biggest day of the general election, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge reports from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

US case against Abu Hamza to start

12 hours 8 min ago
Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.

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