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Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Cardiff City claim Crystal Palace got hold of important team information in advance of a key Premier League match.
Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
A mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short.
The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.
A man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife at his flat in Sheffield is found guilty of her murder.
Estelle Lovatt and David Bailey discuss Finland's decision to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps
Three artists are shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2014, for work featuring a homeless man, a reluctant mother and a mature fashionista.
As ferry sank, students sent parents harrowing text messages
Officials in Guinea-Bissau say a run-off vote will be held next month after no candidate won an outright victory in Sunday's presidential election.
A lorry driver is arrested following a five-vehicle pile up on the M26 in Kent in which two people died and seven others were injured.
Gareth Bale wants to win the treble with Real Madrid after scoring a "really special" winner in the Copa del Rey final.
An Australian navy captain is removed from his command and another disciplined for violating Indonesia's waters on asylum patrol duties.
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.
Claims that X-Men director Bryan Singer sexually abused a teenager in 1999 are dismissed as "completely without merit" by the film-maker's lawyer.
AC/DC confirm they will continue making music, following news guitarist and founder member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.
Three people are killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine, the country's interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine hold crisis talks in Geneva.
Luxury goods retailer Mulberry issues its second profit warning since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new "more affordable" products.
The BBC's new China editor on what's changed since she last lived there