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Polish police are given greater surveillance powers under the latest controversial law to be passed in the country.
An Italian actor left in a coma, after a hanging scene went wrong in a live theatrical production, is declared brain dead.
Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash sharply over Wall Street and foreign policy in their first head-to-head TV debate.
A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.
Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought in decades with failed crops, livestock at risk and more than 10 million people needing emergency aid.
Thai authorities launch a pre-Valentine's Day campaign urging teenagers not to be ashamed to buy and carry condoms.
Plans have been put forward to cap a huge gas leak near Los Angeles by the end of next week, a Californian official says.
The global honeybee trade is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, according to a study.
A promise by Thailand's military rulers to rid the country of corrupt practices nets some unusual suspects - a group of elderly foreign card players.
President Barack Obama says he will ask the US Congress for $450m (£309m) in aid to help Colombia implement a peace deal with the Farc rebel group.
Chinese New Year sees the largest annual human migration in the world. What are the numbers?
Greeks fight back to defend their pensions
Where you can get a Porsche for $7,000
Drought stalks fast-growing Ethiopia
Maurice White, founder of US soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74, his brother says.
Life after the White House
The Brazilian cities that can't afford to party
The woman who gatecrashed her own funeral
Tens of thousands of people are homeless in Delhi, and many risk death in the cold weather by choosing the streets over shelters.