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Authorities in Paris are so worried about the drain on residential property that they have taken drastic measures to bring holiday lets under control.
The traditional "mochi" rice cake causes nine people in Japan to choke to death.
The search for flight data recorders from crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, and for its missing victims, resumes as weather conditions improve.
London MC George the Poet takes fifth place in the BBC's Sound Of 2015 list, as the countdown to this year's winner begins.