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The independence of chief inspectors in areas like prisons and the border force could be threatened by the way they are selected and budgets are set, MPs say.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is fined £180,000 after thousands of confidential documents from a high-profile investigation were sent to the wrong person.
David Cameron is to tell voters they face a "stark choice" between him and Labour's Ed Miliband as the election campaign officially gets under way.
Dozens of people had to be rescued from a rollercoaster in Coney Island after one of the cars became stuck near the summit of the ride.
Ministers from six world powers are to hold their first full session with Iran's foreign minister over its nuclear programme, as a deadline looms.
Porpoises finely adjust the size of the beams of sound they use to hunt - using sound like a searchlight to trap their prey, a study finds.
The Solar Impulse 2 plane has departed from Mandalay in Myanmar as part of its round-the-world flight, Kasia Madera reports
Should parents ever worry about Minecraft?
Can you cure sex offenders by building self esteem?
Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.
The Houses of Parliament are said to require £3bn of maintenance work taking 10 years. Would MPs be better off moving to a new, modern building?
The refugee who carried these shoes until he met his mother
Ukrainian volunteers use drones over rebel-held Donetsk
How a husband and wife built the UK's biggest theatre group
A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.
Despite leading his team to World Cup and Ashes success, Michael Clarke has struggled to win the hearts of the Australian public.
Tit-for-tat claims from the Conservatives and Labour appear on front pages, as the general election campaign formally gets under way.
The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from the central Indian state of Chattisgarh on the growing insecurity that is gripping the Christian community
Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, heads out of Myanmar and on to China on leg five of its attempt to fly around the world.
Counting is under way in Nigeria's presidential election, which has been praised by the UN despite technical problems and violence.