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Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.
The Director of Public Prosecutions says he is powerless to refer sentences handed down in an animal cruelty case for review to the Court of Appeal.
The father of Liam Sweeney, who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster in Ukraine, says his son's funeral will be a celebration of his life.
Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.
Emergency and end-of-life care need to be improved at the North Middlesex University Hospital, the health watchdog says.
US online retail giant Amazon steps up its presence in China with a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
The trial of a group of cult members in China who beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant opens in Yantai in Shandong province.
UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.
Ben Wright on why UK response to Syria is influenced by Iraq war
The legal confusion over UK surrogate births
People are urged to pre-cook food in the oven before barbecuing it after research finds many Britons make hygiene mistakes when cooking outdoors.
Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has turned its hand to growing vegetables in Singapore. The BBC investigates.
A French journalist, held hostage with James Foley for seven months, has been describing his time in captivity with the murdered journalist.
The number of sexual offences reported on Britain's railways has risen by a fifth in a year, the British Transport Police says.
Labour pledges to give the regulator Ofgem the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.
What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?
Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.
Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
The Brazilian Socialist Party names environmental campaigner Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos who died last week.