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British hopes fade in the Tour de France 2014 after dramatic highs and crushing lows in the first few stages.
A contest is under way to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland, but what makes an ideal anthem?
What passengers think of new airport security checks
England's bowlers battled manfully on an unresponsive Trent Bridge pitch, says correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
New research suggests that a farm pesticide which has been blamed for impacting Britain's bee colonies may also be harming the nation's wild birds.
The US spied on emails of five high-profile Muslim Americans to try to identify security threats, documents leaked by Edward Snowden show.
Arsenal agree a deal in principle worth around £30m to sign Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
Nigeria are suspended from all international football amid allegations of government interference.
The owner of a painting purported to be by Vincent van Gogh admits misrepresenting its true history.
A new report says the widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.
The French government proposes travels bans to stop citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist militants.
Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King is leaving the company after 10 years - he explains how he turned the company around - and the challenge of discount supermarkets.
Syria's main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, elects Hadi al-Bahra as its new president at a meeting in Turkey.
The bullet-riddled bodies of 53 men are found south of Baghdad, as Iraq's prime minister claims Kurdistan is becoming a haven for jihadist-led rebels.
Why ripping up Karzai portrait bodes ill for Afghanistan
UK companies were the sole supplier to Syria of three important ingredients in the production of deadly nerve agent sarin, BBC Newsnight learns.
Ed Miliband calls for David Cameron to "correct the record" over hospital waiting times claims.
Russia charges a female Ukrainian army pilot with complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, as Ukraine demands she be freed.
Vulnerable patients should be offered their own personal health and care budgets, the NHS England boss says.
The Duke of Cambridge has donned a wetsuit and shown off his scuba diving skills to mark his new role as the president of the British Sub-Aqua Club, after taking over from his father Prince Charles.