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Islamist militants release two Filipino hostages, believed to have been kidnapped last June while working for Jordanian TV, in the southern Philippines.
More than half of nurses believe their NHS ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, according to a survey by the Nursing Times.
Why one remote Indian temple is issuing certificates
Why fear haunts the mysterious men of the dunes
More than 50 Indian fisherman have been detained by Pakistani coastguards, over allegations that they trespassed into the country's territorial waters.
Iran has unveiled a new home-made combat aircraft, which officials say can evade radar.
Kathy Etchingham remembers life as Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady'
Protests break out in Spanish cities after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed not to resign over "false claims" that he received secret payments.
Some welfare-to-work advisers are inappropriately telling the unemployed to become self-employed, a BBC investigation has found.
Forensic workers in Mexico hand over the bodies of the victims of Thursday's blast at Pemex headquarters to their relatives for burial.
Turkish police arrest nine people after a female US tourist who disappeared 10 days ago is found dead in Istanbul, reports say.
Mali reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the second year running after edging out South Africa on penalties.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says beating Fulham was "important" in his side's race for the league title.
Israeli President Shimon Peres asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government following last month's parliamentary election.
The White House tweets a picture of Barack Obama skeet-shooting - seemingly to settle a row about whether the president had fired a gun before.
Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib is invited to Moscow during his first direct talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
Wayne Rooney scores a late winner at Fulham to increase Manchester United's Premier League lead to 10 points.
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez fumes at Fabricio Coloccini's kick on Demba Ba, which left the striker with a broken nose.
French President Francois Hollande promises to help rebuild Mali, after launching an offensive against Islamists who seized the north of the country.
England coach Stuart Lancaster says his side's win over Scotland is a direct result of the upset of world champions New Zealand last autumn.