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Some police forces check the records of just a fraction of the foreign nationals they detain, according to research by 5 live Investigates.
The Jews may have originated in the Middle East but they were long ago scattered far and wide - to the Gulf, among other places.
The creepy tale that launched gothic fiction
Concern over the health of X Factor judge Mel B is once again on front pages, while there are also fears that Christmas gifts bought online might not arrive in time.
Will Gompertz asks why do people feel fooled by video blogger Zoella after it emerged that she received help from her publishers to write her book Girl Online.
The NHS across the UK is already struggling to meet its A&E targets, and winter - the busiest time of year - has only just begun. Nick Triggle looks at why hospitals are under the cosh.
In the US protesters, are calling for reform to improve relations between police and the citizens they serve. One city in California may have a solution.
The BBC's Richard Westcott looks at what might have gone wrong when a computer failure caused widespread flight disruption across the UK
The International Criminal Court prosecutor says she has shelved her probe into war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region because of a lack of UN action.
Bosses "don't know" if Mel B will recover from an illness in time to appear at The X Factor final.
Fergal Keane reports from Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine as the country's government says that for the time in 7 months no civilians or soldiers have been killed in fighting.
The gay Asian men pressured into marrying women
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice against Almeria as Real Madrid seal their 20th victory in a row in all competitions.
US Senate passes defence bill backing expanded military campaign against Islamic State
A man has been given a three-month suspended jail term for sub-letting his Housing Executive property as part of a benefits scam.
Heavy rains in southern California trigger mudslides and flooding, killing one person and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes.
How Pakistan's women can face brutality - and even death - if they fall in love with the wrong person.
The provocative graffiti causing a stir in Kerala
A mountain rescue team leader criticises the actions of a hillwalker who called to be rescued while 400m from a car park.
Sam Burgess makes his first Bath start but Matt Banahan steals the limelight in Bath's Champions Cup win over Montpellier.