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John Simpson describes a "tense moment" in Crimea as the region prepares for a widely condemned referendum on separating from Ukraine to join Russia.
The northern Australian city of Darwin is hit by a major power failure, shutting down schools and businesses.
Rebekah Brooks was always the "first to get the story" and "didn't care" how she got it, according to the prosecutor in the phone-hacking trial.
New York City emergency crews are responding to reports of an explosion and building collapse that has reportedly injured nearly a dozen people.
Israel's parliament approves legislation that will end exemptions from military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students.
Conservative Salvadorean presidential candidate Norman Quijano demands a new election after preliminary results suggest he has lost.
The G7 group of industrial nations calls on Russia to stop moves to "annex" Crimea, as Ukraine warns of a Russian military build-up at the border.
Prosecutors in Switzerland open a money laundering investigation into Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.
European states outside the eurozone help the EU's slow industrial recovery at the start of the year.
Ten of the most mysterious aviation disasters
The best news photos from around the world in the last 24 hours
A former Conservative party councillor tells a court he saw a man "thrashing about" trying to free himself from MP Nigel Evans on a night out in Blackpool.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, says that freedom to use the internet should be enshrined as a right.
Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who died nine months after being injured during Turkish anti-government protests.
Sports editor, David Bond, reports on how one of the most successful football teams in the world, FC Barcelona, produces some of the most well known players in the sport.
How one man's 'boring' game became the unlikeliest hit
PC and Xbox One users initially struggle to log on to Microsoft's eagerly-awaited game Titanfall, launched on Tuesday.
Nine men are arrested in China and Hong Kong over the stabbing of veteran journalist Kevin Lau, police in Hong Kong say
A second alleged victim tells the Max Clifford trial that he told her to take off her top and bra during a meeting in his office when she was 15.
A newly recruited hangman in Sri Lanka resigns in shock after being shown the gallows for the first time.