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The soldiers who say they don't have the weapons to fight jihadists
Singer Cilla Black is among celebrities to have settled phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers for "substantial" damages, a court hears.
The Duke of York is due to make his first public appearance since a US woman alleged she had sex with him when she was 17.
A quadcopter drone carrying 3kg of illegal drugs crashes near the border between Mexico and the US.
Japan's government says it is exploring all possible ways to save the lives of two Japanese men held by Islamic State militants demanding a ransom.
The tobacco industry warns that plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging are "flawed" - with UKIP's Nigel Farage calling it an "appalling intrusion into consumer choice".
Thousands of people have held a rally in the German city of Leipzig, opposing what the organisers call the 'Islamisation of Europe'.
Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen remain in key positions in the capital Sanaa, despite a deal under which they agreed to withdraw, witnesses say.
The chief executive reveals how, five years on, the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico is still weighing heavily on BP.
Pop star Rihanna wins legal battle against high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.
Rescuers came to the aid of an elephant calf which fell into an empty storage pit in a nature reserve in Yunnan Province, south west China.
Readers' photos on the theme of "cold weather"
Clashes erupt in DR Congo to demand the restoration of the internet, which was cut during protests against President Kabila, witnesses say.
Crime falls to new record low levels in England and Wales, despite some increases due to changes in how police record incidents.
A UK-developed smart application that incorporates satellite and other data is tracking illegal fishing on the high seas.
Boy racer Alonso, Force India to miss first pre-season test, Hamilton's new hair, Kvyat heads to Lapland, plus more.
At least nine people are killed by shelling at bus stop in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities say.
The return of Benedict Cumberbatch's in BBC One's Sherlock was the most popular programme on iPlayer last year.
Italian police have uncovered what they say is a treasure trove of more than 5,000 stolen antiquities.
Cillin Perera's daily photographic project