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Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will carry the Union flag and lead Team GB into Sunday's Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has invited President Obama to join negotiations on equal terms, to solve the problems between their two countries.
As thousands in the UK continue to deal with the misery of flooding, the Netherlands is pioneering the field of flood-proof homes.
A study of NHS foundation trusts in England finds the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39.
Pope Francis is to appoint 19 new cardinals at a ceremony in Rome later - the first such appointments of his papacy.
Comic and Carry On star Kenneth Williams is honoured with a blue plaque in central London on what would have been his 88th birthday.
Turbulence in emerging markets like Brazil and Indonesia are expected to be a hot topic for finance ministers at this weekend's G20 meeting.
Centre-left leader Matteo Renzi is to become Italy's youngest-ever PM, as the 39-year-old promises quick action to tackle a stagnant economy.
RBS is expanding its use of the post office network, but will not comment on the possibility of further branch closures.
Pope Francis is due to formally install 19 new cardinals in a ceremony at the Vatican later.
Protests are held against the Arizona legislature's first-in-the-nation passage of a bill allowing business owners to refuse service to gay people.
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Gravity's director Alfonso Cuaron and effects house Framestore on the painstaking process of creating the film's award-winning special effects.
Thousands of protesters remain in central Kiev despite a deal aimed at ending Ukraine's crisis, as the US and Russia call for swift implementation.
The Bishop of Les Cayes, Chibly Langlois, will be the first cleric from Haiti to be made a Cardinal of the Catholic Church
The University of Mississippi wants to question three white students suspected of draping a noose over a statue of the college's first black student.
Afghan bomb-proof call centre answers election queries