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The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, reopens after a £5m refurbishment.
Businesses speak of 'relief' over Scotland's rejection of independence, and banks say they will no longer be shifting operations out of Scotland.
A Zimbabwean opposition politician is among at least 80 people who died when a church hostel in the Nigerian city of Lagos collapsed a week ago.
Apple's new gadget the iPhone 6 has gone on sale around the world - but many customers have been queuing for days to get their hands on the new device
A selection of striking news images from around the world
Turkey allows thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State to cross its southern border, as the militants close in on a strategic Syrian town.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was the surprise pacesetter ahead of Lewis Hamilton in first practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Google and Apple commit to encrypting users' data by default, to protect against hackers and the requests of law enforcement agencies.
The 66-year-old actor - one of the original cast - will leave the show in Autumn 2015
China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.
Alan Pardew says Newcastle United fans have created "mass hysteria" at St James' Park after his side's poor start.
Trailblazing tennis star Li Na's legacy
Rights groups welcome the arrest in Belgium of a female commander of Charles Taylor's rebels for war crimes allegedly committed during Liberia's civil war.
Uganda's president sacks his prime minister, a former close ally now seen as a potential rival for 2016 elections.
Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen escalates, with clashes on the outskirts of the capital, prompting airlines to suspend flights.
Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in northern California after a wildfire burning out of control doubled in size in just 12 hours.
Three dancers are suing Cher for race and age discrimination amid claims she said there was "too much colour" on her tour.
Japan vows to restart its Antarctic whaling programme next year despite an International Whaling Commission vote that the hunt is illegal.
Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.
Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy will be out for at least six weeks with an ankle injury, says manager Arsene Wenger.