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The Syrian government's plan to hold a presidential election on 3 June is a "parody of democracy" that could torpedo peace efforts, Western powers warn.
Robin Thicke's controversial hit single Blurred Lines is named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time.
US senator Richard Blumenthal has had a close call with a train during a news conference on rail safety.
Religious groups back Prime Minister David Cameron's assertion that Britain is "a Christian country".
Former BBC racing presenter and commentator Julian Wilson dies aged 73 following a long illness.
Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnicity after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, the UN says.
Some 190 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing after being abducted last week, their head teacher tells the BBC - far more than the official figure.
Police in Derby are investigating after a lorry was driven deliberately into a house in the city causing extensive damage.
One of the biggest sports file-sharing sites closes down after a UK police force warns its operators that they could face jail.
Police arrest a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder after two bodies are found in a house in Worksop in Nottinghamshire.
National Union of Teachers' conference votes for a summer-term strike over pay and workload.
The funeral has taken place of the TV presenter and writer Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly, two weeks ago, at the age 25.
A promotional video from 2010 has emerged in which the captain of the South Korean ferry which sank last week says he believes ferries are the safest form of transport.
The success in Weibo has investors excited about the US stock debut of Alibaba, which is China's largest internet company.
News photos from past 24 hours: 21 April
Three more suspected al-Qaeda militants die in a drone strike in southern Yemen, reports say, bringing the total killed in three days to more than 40.
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.
Journalist and broadcaster Victoria Coren Mitchell becomes the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour.
David Cameron risks causing "alienation" in society by saying Britain is a "Christian country", a group of public figures has warned.
A man is charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in hospital after disorder outside a pub.