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Three lanes of the M25 in Surrey remain closed throughout the evening rush-hour after a section of the road collapses leaving a pothole the width of one lane.
Shares in Richard Branson's Virgin America airline surge more than 30% in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Serial killer and sex offender Angus Sinclair is jailed for a minimum of 37 years for the 1977 World's End murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.
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A controversial 1,000-room palace built for Turkey's president will cost even more than the original £385m ($615m) price tag, the BBC has been told.
One of the scientists involved in the Philae lander mission apologises for any offence caused over a shirt he wore earlier in the week.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini returns to Inter Milan for his second spell in charge.
Brazilian police have carried out a series of raids and arrested 18 people as part of a corruption investigation into the state-run oil firm Petrobras.
Donald Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy, is indicted for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion - the US's worst coal disaster in 40 years.
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Lawyer wants to reward the woman who tipped-off police to an escaped murderer in Brazil.
A minibus driver is jailed for more than six years for causing the death of a teenager in a crash on the M62 in West Yorkshire as he drove a group of women to a hen party.
A scientist has apologised for wearing a 'sexist' shirt during coverage of the Rosetta Project.
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The UK's major ISPs commit to new measures to block online extremism, No 10 says, but ISPs say no specific agreement is yet in place.
Boko Haram militants seize Chibok, the north-eastern Nigerian town from which they abducted more than 200 schoolgirls this year, residents say.
Former BBC DJ Chris Denning pleads guilty to further sexual offences against boys, bringing his admitted offences over a 20-year period to 40.
Ayan Qureshi has become the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the exam at the age of five.