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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.
Australia is repatriating up to 50 Vietnamese asylum seekers who had arrived by boat earlier this month, local media report.
One of the suspected killers of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Andrei Lugovoi, earned £400,400 as a Russian MP last year.
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.
A memorial service for the victims of last month's Alps plane crash is being held in Cologne Cathedral.
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
More than four million tune into the BBC's televised election debate, more than two million short of the previous debate on ITV.
Two French tourists who filmed themselves burning an endangered quokka in Australia are given a fine for animal cruelty.
Rolls-Royce receives its largest order to date, worth £6.1bn ($9.2bn), to supply engines for Emirates airline A380 planes.
Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008, official figures have shown.
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.
David Cameron urges Ed Miliband to rule out co-operating with the SNP, after the Labour leader rejects any coalition deal during Thursday's TV debate.
AP McCoy's intended Scottish Grand National mount Benvolio is declared a non-runner for Saturday's race at Ayr.