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The US state of Oklahoma executes the first death row inmate since a botched lethal injection last year drew intense criticism.
The UK Space Agency is to provide an update on the Beagle 2 space probe, which went missing on Christmas Day in 2003 and has not been heard of since.
Helen Mirren at the Golden Globe Awards
An Australian man dressed in a Star Wars costume says that his armour saved him from a venomous snake bite.
BP faces a fine of up to $13.7bn (£9bn) after a US judge ruled that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was smaller than initially feared.
Ten suspects are questioned overnight in France about alleged support for gunmen behind last week's attacks in Paris that killed 17, reports say.
British number one Heather Watson overcomes six rain delays to beat Alison Riske and reach the Hobart International final.
The UK and US are to carry out "war game" cyber attacks on each other as part of a new joint defence against online criminals.
Kevin Pietersen has been showing off his new tattoo, marking everywhere the batsman has scored an international century
Cancer operations have been cancelled and patients have waited for hours in ambulances due to "sustained" winter pressures in hospitals in Wales, a leading consultant warns.
A woman admitted to an Edinburgh hospital after returning from west Africa has tested negative for Ebola.
The number of people in Northern Ireland caught drink-driving during the police's Christmas crackdown shows a slight increase on last year.
The Northern Ireland Assembly is given £600,000 by a US billionaire philanthropist to help MLAs improve their political skills.
Americans will be able to bring home small numbers of Cuban cigars after a ban of more than 50 years
China confirms it is investigating a powerful intelligence chief, Ma Jian, for corruption, as President Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.
Belgium is on its second-highest alert - a day after two suspected jihadists were killed in a major anti-terror raid in the east of the country.
The United States government has announced that new measures to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba will come into effect on Friday.
A 25-year-old man is charged with attempted murder over an attack at a Tesco supermarket in Mold, Flintshire.
Kevin Jorgeson, and Tommy Caldwell are amazed at the attention they have received.
Concerns over immigration and Islamisation appear to be fuelling a surge in support for the far right in Germany, says Sebastian Borger.