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At least six Pakistani soldiers are killed in a bombing in the north-west, as violence continues despite an apparent ceasefire with militants.
Official figures show that February was Singapore's driest month in nearly 150 years, as drought continues to hit the wider region.
Actor Michael Le Vell, who plays Coronation Street's Kevin Webster, is to take a break from the show to get help for "personal issues", ITV confirms.
Many Australians face a lifetime of renting as Chinese buyers push up property prices, a report by Credit Suisse says.
Officers will be told they should no longer pool their recollections before writing up notes on serious incidents, the BBC understands.
About a third of all women in the European Union have experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, a survey suggests.
Downing Street has prevented publication of a report that suggests one potential impact of immigration is smaller than has been claimed, Newsnight learns.
Cross-channel train operator Eurostar says it carried more than 10 million passengers last year for the first time, as the economic recovery lifted demand for business travel.
Wales boss Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale could play the whole friendly against Iceland in Cardiff on Wednesday.
The BBC's Rana Jawad reports from Tripoli on the dangers facing journalists in Libya in their everyday work - including bomb attacks, abduction and intimidation.
Global stock markets rally as Ukraine fears lift, with the Nikkei closing up 1.2% after the S&P 500 hit a new record high on Tuesday.
A fire on a bus in China's north-east kills 10 people and injures 17 others, state-run media report - the second deadly fire in less than a week.
An anti-pollution campaigner has been telling the BBC's Laeila Adjovi about his efforts in his native Senegal to restore Hann Bay, south of Dakar, a once-beautiful beach now marred by industrial waste.
Australia reports slightly better-than-expected growth for the last quarter of 2013, boosted by exports and domestic consumption.
The Australian government rejects Qantas's request for a $2.7bn loan, as the airline struggles to cope with increasing losses.
China sets its economic growth target for the year at 7.5% and its inflation goal at 3.5% as it looks to continue its efforts to stabilise the economy.
US President Obama urges Russia to pull its troops in Ukraine's Crimea region back to their bases and set up a monitoring mission, US officials say.
Fast food giant McDonald's says that growing concerns over income inequality may force it to raise wages.
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.
The commute favoured by the super-rich