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Will destroying ivory stockpiles really save elephants?
Brazil's Formula 1 legend honoured at carnival
The economic challenge facing Italy's new PM
Oscar film spotlights the secret life of backing singers
Samsung is to launch its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in April this year.
More than 80% of a flagship government scheme to boost regional economies remains unspent, according to the National Audit Office.
Which of the wealthy countries has the highest tax rate?
Why an artist has embraced Google Glass in his work
The day entire nationalities were deported to Kazakhstan
How remote recording tech is cutting costs
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan defends the army's efforts against Islamist militants after more than 200 civilians were killed in recent attacks.
Labour is considering whether to merge police forces and axe elected crime commissioners as part of a process of "decluttering" public services.
Pro-government media in Turkey accuse prosecutors loyal to cleric Fethullah Gulen of illegally tapping thousands of phones to destabilise the government.
A court in the US state of Georgia dismisses an obscenity case against a man who sent a woman an unsolicited photo of his penis in a text message.
South Sudan is one of the most dangerous nations on earth to give birth, according to a report from the charity Save the Children.
The actor, writer and director Harold Ramis has died in Chicago.
Facebook shutters its three-year-old email system that gave users "@facebook.com" email addresses, after acknowledging few used the service.
Israeli jets have carried out air strikes in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, Lebanon's state news agency says.
Mozilla has unveiled a prototype model of what it hopes will become a $25 (£15) smartphone for the developing world.
Seven Egyptian Christians have been dead near the city of Benghazi in the east Libya, officials say.