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California has raised the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21, in new laws that also regulate electronic cigarettes.
Comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, creators of Steptoe and Son, to be honoured at this year's Bafta TV awards.
Red Bull demote Daniil Kvyat after his calamitous Russian Grand Prix and replace him with Toro Rosso's 18-year-old Max Verstappen.
A series of elections is being held across the UK covering the devolved administrations, local councils and mayors, on what has been dubbed "Super Thursday".
The UK has 10 universities in the top 100 of the world's best when it comes to global reputation, but many have slipped down the rankings in the past year.
The head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party loses a final appeal against his death sentence for war crimes during the war of independence from Pakistan.
HIV-infected organs are successfully transplanted into four HIV-positive NHS patients in the UK.
Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease severe cash shortages in the country.
An uneasy calm is reported across the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo as a partial truce comes into effect.
An Australian man considered a senior recruiter for so-called Islamic State has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Australia's government says.
Bovine prize offered to players who post the top score in locally produced game.
The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the negative effects of air pollution, a UK study suggests.
After a six-storey building in Kenya's capital Nairobi collapses, killing at least 33 people, we look at the common reasons for such incidents.
Mystery surrounds a spoof tourist brochure for a non-existent island which has appeared around Orkney.
Footage has emerged of an alligator appearing to knock at the door of a house in the US state of South Carolina.
The Rolling Stones order Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign.
A state of emergency is declared in the province of Alberta in Canada after a wildfire forces all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to flee their city.
Brazil's beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff tells the BBC she is an "innocent victim" and vows to fight on, as attempts to impeach her gather pace.
In footage from the White House, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are seen dancing with R2-D2 and some stormtroopers to celebrate Star Wars Day.
Why China is obsessed with World of Warcraft