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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sets the pace in first practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix as Mercedes hide their true form.
The US state has stiffened its rules for welfare recipients who will be longer able to buy dozens of leisure or other items on state aid.
The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.
Three journalists are found not guilty of illegally paying public officials by a jury at London's Old Bailey.
David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash over the UK's jobs record as the last official figures before the election show unemployment continues to fall.
A prominent Chinese journalist, Gau Yu, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly leaking an internal Communist Party memo.
Police in Phoenix, Arizona, believe the shooting deaths late on Thursday stemmed from a dispute about a family business.
Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.
A memorial service for the victims of last month's Alps plane crash is being held in Cologne Cathedral.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free Internet.org service after several Indian firms pull out of the project.
Sharif Danis, a shopkeeper from Nigeria, tells the BBC's Milton Nkosi how the threat of mob attacks forced him to close down his business in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Ukraine factory that has been shelled 165 times
Two French tourists who filmed themselves burning an endangered quokka in Australia are given a fine for animal cruelty.
Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
With the rise of Shia militia groups as a frontline force against Islamic State, Ranj Alaaldin explains how the phenomenon emerged.
Rolls-Royce receives its largest order to date, worth $9.2bn, to supply engines for Emirates airline A380 planes.
An urgent appeal is made for a mother after a newborn baby girl is found inside a toilet block in an amusement arcade in Southport.
A public service is being held in Cologne Cathedral in memory of the victims of the Germanwings crash.
About 300 US paratroopers arrive in western Ukraine to train with Ukrainian forces - a move condemned by Russia.
Police end a 19-day sit-in by anti-establishment protesters at Athens University, hours after clashes with protesters in the city.