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A man whose house was destroyed by a gas explosion while he and his family were inside said he "thought it was a dream at first".
In old photos from his family album, Uzbek president Islam Karimov looks more cuddly than those who regard him as a brutal tyrant could ever imagine.
McLaren will wait until December before announcing whether Button or Magnussen will partner Fernando Alonso in 2015.
BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter explains how Rory McIlroy has enjoyed his best season in golf, despite battling off-course issues.
A motion of no confidence in Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission will be put to a vote next week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The US Senate is set to vote on a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, just days after the House of Representatives passed the legislation.
Bob Geldof describes himself as a "pleb" as he defends his friend, the ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell, in the so-called plebgate libel trial.
A memoir about brain surgery is among 20 books shortlisted for this year's Cost Book Awards.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls elections only two years after taking office due to the country's failing economy.
The national school for deaf children, Donaldson's in Linlithgow, is ordered to make improvements following an unannounced inspection.
Colombia's Farc rebels issue a statement defending the kidnap of an army general and his two companions during peace negotiations.
A mother whose husband was jailed for kidnapping their daughter begs for help "bringing my baby back".
A father says it was a miracle he and his four-year-old daughter survived a gas explosion that destroyed their home.
Three Newport Gwent Dragons players have been offered dual contracts by Wales says the region's director of rugby Lyn Jones.
A mother whose baby daughter was kidnapped by her estranged husband and taken to Libya has made an emotional appeal for her return.
Ivory Coast's defence minister Paul Koffi Koffi orders soldiers to return to barracks after they stage protests in at least two cities to demand unpaid allowances.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes its guidance about "mild sex references" in the new Paddington film after a request from the film's distributor.
A pod of pilot whales is spotted off the Essex coast, as efforts are made to herd the animals out to sea.
A couple are "fined" £100 for writing a bad review of a Blackpool hotel on Trip Advisor.
Prince William has said he is watching with "great concern" the Ebola situation in West Africa and has expressed support for an educational video about Ebola.