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For the likes of Michael McIntyre, Russell Brand and Micky Flanagan a stand-up tour can be lucrative affair, but at the other end of the spectrum there are many hard gigging comedians struggling to make a living.
Spending on flood risk management should be substantially increased in next month's Budget, urges a leading engineering organisation.
Manager David Moyes accepts responsibility for Manchester United's Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Olympiakos.
An area of Los Angeles was brought to a standstill on Tuesday, after a vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant, causing it to burst open.
The obesity rate among young US children fell by 43% since 2003-2004, the first broad decline in years, according to a new study.
Former Australian leader Julia Gillard on sexism and politics
The BBC's Mark Gregory tries out Seene, an app that can create 3D images without the need for a special camera.
Sports giant Adidas says it is suspending the sale World Cup t-shirts after Brazil's authorities complained they sexualised the country's image.
The BBC's Nick Childs gets access to Nato's latest addition to its defence against ballistic missile attacks.
A German cartoonist who depicted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a hook-nosed octopus apologises for causing offence.
Labour should rule out forming a coalition with the Lib Dems after the next election, Unite union boss Len McCluskey says.
Manchester United are in danger of a Champions League exit after losing 2-0 to Olympiakos in the last-16 first leg.
Cigar aficionados from around the world gather in Havana for the annual cigar festival.
How reality TV success turned out to be a 'double-edged sword'
US regulators fine Asiana Airlines $500,000 (£300,000) for failing to help victims of a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco's airport.
A man in his 80s is charged with murdering two women who were found shot dead in Surrey.
The country where Guantanamo prisoners get a hero's welcome
Indian drugs manufacturer Ranbaxy suspends shipments of ingredients from its Toansa and Dewas plants to examine their testing processes.
Robert Lewandowski scores twice as Borussia Dortmund win 4-2 at Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League last 16.
Panic has gripped the northern Indian town of Meerut, where officials say a leopard is on the loose.