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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad dismisses the country's Western-backed opposition as "puppets", as a new round of peace talks begins in Moscow.
Images from around the world: 26 January
Real Madrid complete a deal to sign Lucas Silva from Brazilian club Cruzeiro for a reported fee of £9.7m.
A prisoner whose convictions include killing three people while driving a stolen car has gone on the run.
The militia group which abducted Central African Republic's sports minister demands the release of its detained commander, an official says.
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.
The actions of passersby and emergency services are praised by the owners of a coach firm involved in a Cardiff motorway crash that injured 28 people.
David Cameron says he is happy with changes to TV election debates but queries why Northern Ireland parties are left out.
The internet service provider follows Sky in announcing that its service will be filtered unless customers specifically opt out.
The PSNI apologises to a murder victim's family after it emerged a man considered to be a chief suspect was mistakenly given an On the Run letter.
Rescuing British women from forced marriage in Pakistan
Greece will have a new leader after radical left-wing party Syriza won the general election - but who is Alexis Tsipras?
A man has interrupted a ceremony consecrating the Church of England's first female bishop, saying 'it was not in the Bible'.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli will be given every chance to fight his way back into the team.
Gary Street, who led the England Women's team to World Cup glory in 2014, leaves his role as head coach of the side.
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 69, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC.
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The body of Mexican journalist Moises Sanchez, who was abducted by gunmen on 2 January, is found in the town of Medellin de Bravo in Veracruz.
A former Newport primary school head teacher allowed staff to manipulate test results, a General Teaching Council for Wales hearing is told.
An Egyptian doctor is convicted in a landmark retrial of carrying out female genital mutilation surgery, a campaign group and lawyer say.