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Fears grow over plight of Pearl the pig
Russian TV commentator suggests wintry conditions have sparked the pro-European Union street protests in Kiev.
John Simpson on the changing face of world's superpowers
Chinese financial regulators have banned the nation's banks from handling transactions involving the Bitcoin virtual currency.
Send in the questions you would like to put to this year's Nobel prize winners.
Former Saturday Night Live regular Kristen Wiig and Girls creator Lena Dunham are among the US comedy stars who will be seen in a more serious guise at next year's Sundance Film Festival.
The UK government wants to make Britain a world leader in developing autonomous vehicles.
The movements of hundreds of millions of mobile users are being tracked by the NSA every day, reveals the Washington Post.
A Royal Marine who murdered an injured insurgent in Afghanistan should be publicly named, senior judges rule.
A Christian care worker who claimed she was forced to leave her job after refusing to work Sundays has lost her legal appeal.
Police officers in the Argentine province of Cordoba get a pay increase after residents take advantage of officers being on strike to loot shops.
Britain wants to change the rules governing the free movement of people across the EU, Home Secretary Theresa May will tell European ministers.
The paper disc that people have had to display in their cars to show they have paid vehicle excise duty is to be replaced by an electronic system.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith tells the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned.
Graeme Swann says individuals will not be singled out for dropping chances as Australia end day one of the second Test on 273-5.
Forces loyal to the ousted Central African Republic president are said to have attacked the capital hours before the UN votes on sending peacekeepers.
Virgin is to enter a team for the first FIA Formula E electric racing car championship, which gets out of the grids next year.
Mel Greig, one of two Australian DJs behind a royal prank call linked to the death of a UK nurse, has resigned from the radio station which broadcast the show.
The US and China had "very direct" talks about China's new air defence identification zone, says US Vice-President Joe Biden.