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Russia's President Putin says he hopes he will not have to exercise his "right" to send troops into Ukraine, as crisis talks are held with Western leaders in Geneva.
Weather blights S Korea ferry search
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for almost 280 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.
Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss
The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.
Lorry driver held over M26 crash
A lorry driver is arrested following a five-vehicle pile up on the M26 in Kent in which two people died and seven others were injured.
Pensioners could get death estimate
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
Lucas cleared over fracking protest
Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants are cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.
Fireworks 'not to blame' for pile-up
Smoke from fireworks was "not to blame" for a pile-up on the M5 near Taunton which killed seven people, a coroner rules.
Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty
Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.
Busy roads warning ahead of Easter
Motorists are braced for what is set to be the busiest day of the year on the roads so far, with up to 16m cars expected to be used over Easter.
George Alagiah treated for cancer
BBC News presenter George Alagiah is diagnosed with bowel cancer and will take a break from broadcasting while he receives treatment.
RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud
Royal Bank of Scotland says law firm Clifford Chance has cleared it over allegations that it forced small firms to close so it could make a profit.
Catholic Church refuses poll request
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales turns down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.
Kelpies lit up for the first time
Two enormous steel sculptures of Kelpie horse heads towering over the M9 at Falkirk are lit up for the first time.
Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes
Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff
The BBC obtains a letter sent by Cardiff City that says the defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.
O'Sullivan to face Hull in first round
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is drawn to face Robin Hull in the first round of the World Championship in Sheffield.
Man City 'suffered Liverpool hangover'
Manuel Pellegrini says his Manchester City side were still thinking about defeat at Liverpool as they were held by Sunderland.
Bale finally emerges from Ronaldo's shadow
Gareth Bale proves he can be a game-changer on the big occasion for Real Madrid with the winner in the Copa del Rey final
World Cup goal drives resting Carter
New Zealand legend Dan Carter hopes a sabbatical will keep him fresh to sort out some unfinished World Cup business
Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'
Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.
AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'
Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.
Don't axe 2021 census, MPs advise
It is "too soon" to decide whether to scrap the national census, and the 2021 survey should go ahead, MPs advise.
VIDEO: Plan to reveal life expectancy
Pensioners could soon be told how long they are likely to live under a government plan to help them manage their money better.
Hospital infections 'still too high'
Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says.
AUDIO: Man amputated hand to get 'reaction'
A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen."
Women held in school fraud inquiry
Four women are arrested in connection with an on-going fraud investigation at a Birmingham school.
VIDEO: Ex-terror chief heads 'Trojan horse' probe
An inquiry into allegations of a hard-line Islamist plot to take over 25 Birmingham schools is to be lead by the Met's former national head of counter terrorism, it has been announced.
German media boss criticises Google
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.
VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.
Artists have unique brain structure
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.
BP Portrait Award shortlist unveiled
Three artists are shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2014, for work featuring a homeless man, a reluctant mother and a mature fashionista.
VIDEO: Lady Sybil ditches Downton's glamour
Actress Jessica Brown Findlay ditches the make-up and glamour of Downton Abbey for gritty adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn
Caption Challenge: Predator gets an ice cream
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
Why is Captain Underpants the most complained about book?
A children's book has beaten Fifty Shades of Grey as the US library system's most criticised book. Why?
Man guilty of beheading girlfriend
A man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife at his flat in Sheffield is found guilty of her murder.
Removed Banksy taken to city museum
The Banksy picture at the centre of a row over ownership is moved from a youth club by police and taken to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
Efforts to find cause of power cut
Engineers are still trying to establish what caused a power cut which blacked out most of northern Scotland on Wednesday night.
Funeral held for wall collapse pupil
The funeral is held for a 12-year-old girl who died after a wall fell on her at an Edinburgh school.
Woman charged with murdering baby
Police charge a 30-year-old woman with the murder of a baby in east Belfast.
Charity fears closure over horse row
A County Antrim charity that rescues abandoned horses says it will have to shut because of a massive bill it says it is owed by Belfast City Council.
Bus operator to axe 14 services
The biggest bus operator in Wales announces it will axe 14 services and reduce eight others as it cuts its fleet by 10%.
Police thefts exposed in sting
Two South Wales Police officers are convicted of theft after being caught in an undercover sting by their own force.
Pistorius forensic tests challenged
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future
Algerians are voting in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
India votes on biggest polling day
Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
Mini-sub performs full MH370 search
A mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short.
Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.
Cologne eviction 'hits tenants rights'
A man is evicted after a battle to keep his flat, turning him into a figurehead for German tenants' rights.
Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia
Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.
Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies
Puerto Rican salsa singer and composer Cheo Feliciano dies in a car crash in his native island aged 78.
Iran has 'cut uranium stock' - IAEA
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, in keeping with a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.
Mid-East peace talks meeting delayed
A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.
Prosecutors launch Abu Hamza trial
Prosecutors in New York are due to open their terrorism case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.
North Dakota abortion ban overturned
A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.
Day in pictures: 16 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April
In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes
Your pictures: South Africa
Readers' photos on the theme of "South Africa"
In pictures: Chile fire rages on
Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso
Day in pictures: 15 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April
In pictures: Nigeria bus blast
Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja
In pictures: Royals tour New Zealand
Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia
Day in pictures: 14 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April
Cancer hopes and ferry disaster - papers
The prospects for the latest clinical trials of cancer drugs make some front pages, while many feature photographs of a ferry sinking off South Korea.
VIDEO: House of Commons
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.
VIDEO: Three killed in clashes at Ukraine base
Three people were killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine overnight, the country's interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine begin crisis talks in Geneva.
VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg
The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
VIDEO: Royals visit bush fire-ravaged town
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains in Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.
VIDEO: Speedy bird remains on the run
A large bird that looks similar to an ostrich and can run at a speed of up to 40mph is on the loose in the Home Counties after it inexplicably escaped from a field.
VIDEO: Nicky Jacobs: Full BBC interview
Nicky Jacobs - the man cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock during riots in London in 1985 - talks to BBC Newsnight.
VIDEO: Could maggots revolutionise farming?
They are among the most reviled creatures on the Earth, but could maggots help British agriculture save millions of pounds and meet green targets?
VIDEO: Queen hands out Maundy coins
The Queen has handed out specially-minted coins as part of the traditional Royal Maundy service, held this year at Blackburn Cathedral.
AUDIO: The world's first homoerotic stamps
Estelle Lovatt and David Bailey discuss Finland's decision to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps
Could you get elected in India?
Take our quiz to assess your election chances in India
Harrowing text messages as ferry sank
As ferry sank, students sent parents harrowing text messages
The level crossing wars
The battle over Britain's level crossings
The return of rock: Four bands to watch
Four guitar bands to look out for in 2014
Fire ice: The energy of the future?
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?
How MPs play the Exchequer namechecker
How MPs get saluted by the chancellor in the Budget
Singing priest shocked at success
Priest's cover of Leonard Cohen becomes viral sensation
VIDEO: Eaten by cannibals in New Guinea?
Solving the mystery of Michael Rockefeller
Welcome (back) to Beijing
The BBC’s new China editor on her return to Beijing
A return to Londonistan?
Frank Gardner on whether London still appeals to Arab dissidents