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An Italian actor left in a coma, after a hanging scene went wrong in a live theatrical production, is declared brain dead.
The International Association of Athletics Federations says it is investigating a historic letter alleged forced doping in the Chinese sport.
A UN panel says Wikileaks' Julian Assange should be allowed to walk free and compensated for his "deprivation of liberty" - a finding the UK will contest.
The Chinese transfer record is broken for the third time in 10 days as Jiangsu Suning buy Alex Teixeira for £38.4m.
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will miss the indoor athletics season with an Achilles injury.
Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.
Glee's Amber Riley is to star in stage musical Dreamgirls when it opens in the West End in November.
About 70,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Turkey's border as they flee fighting near Aleppo, Ankara says, while activists put the number at 40,000.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash sharply over Wall Street and foreign policy in their first head-to-head TV debate.
Oil and gas firm BG Group, whose takeover by Royal Dutch Shell is almost complete, reports a rise in its in final full-year earnings.
A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton fight over where the heart and head of the Democratic Party should be in their only one-on-one debate so far.
The world's biggest carmaker, Toyota, reports a 4.7% year-on-year rise in net income for the December quarter, due in part to stronger sales in the US.
Thai authorities launch a pre-Valentine's Day campaign urging teenagers not to be ashamed to buy and carry condoms.
Plans have been put forward to cap a huge gas leak near Los Angeles by the end of next week, a Californian official says.