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Sir Ian McKellen tells the Radio Times he has been advised not to go to Russia by the Foreign Office because of the country's homosexuality laws.
A short history of the world's most important central bank
Simon Jack looks around the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, as it turns 100 this month.
The United Nations says nuclear inspectors will visit Libya to assess its uranium stockpiles, amid concerns about fragile security in the country.
Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo hopes his side can inflict another setback on Manchester United when the teams meet on Tuesday.
The US Treasury sells its remaining shares of General Motors, leaving it with a $10bn loss on the bailout of the car maker.
The coldest place on Earth is measured by satellite to be a bitter minus 93.2 Celsius (-135.8F) in the heart of Antarctica.
North Korea confirms that Chang Song-thaek, one of its most powerful politicians, has been dismissed.
US and British spies infiltrated online fantasy games in an effort to identify terrorist threats, according to media reports.
The US military is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops from Burundi into the Central African Republic, officials say.
Hull striker Danny Graham scores against his former club Swansea as both sides earn a battling point in Wales.
The 85-year-old US citizen held in North Korea for more than a month, Merrill Newman, says his videotaped confession was given under duress.
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sign a water co-operation pact aimed at one day replenishing the rapidly drying Dead Sea.
Seventy opposition activists, including nine former MPs, are acquitted of storming the parliament building in the Gulf state of Kuwait two years ago.
Ukrainian security forces are moving in on anti-government protesters and an opposition party, in a stand-off over government dealings with the EU.
A court in Somalia gives a suspended jail term to a 19-year-old woman who alleged she was raped, and fines the journalist who reported her story.
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is to be charged "with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs", the Crown Prosecution Service confirms.
Formula 1 will award double points at the final race from 2014 and introduce a cost cap from 2015 among other changes.
French soldiers start taking weapons from fighters in the Central African Republic - and briefly trade fire with armed men unwilling to disarm.
An amnesty drafted by Russia's President Putin could free the two jailed Pussy Riot protesters and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 campaigners.