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Head coach Scott Johnson rejects the notion that his pack could be outmuscled by the French at Murrayfield.
Mamoru Samuragochi, one of Japan's most famous composers, officially apologises for pretending to be deaf. He was exposed last month by a music teacher, who also claimed that he wrote all of his music for him in secret for 18 years.
The Canadian Supreme Court upholds the sexual assault conviction of a man who poked holes in the condoms he wore during sex with his girlfriend.
Former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha reveals she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
Prince Harry has taken to the stage at Wembley Arena to address 12,000 young people taking part in the first We Day UK.
Ukraine's interim PM says "no-one in the civilised world" will recognise Crimea's referendum on joining Russia, as Moscow backs the vote.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy had his phone tapped on the orders of judges investigating alleged Libyan donations, it is alleged.
The US economy added 175,000 jobs in February, figures show, but the unemployment rate rose to 6.7%.
Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung is jailed for six years by a Hong Kong court for money laundering.
An ex-girlfriend tells the Oscar Pistorius trial that he fired a gun from a car, as a security guard tells of the shock of finding him with a dying Reeva Steenkamp.
Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp - one of the biggest ever tech acquisitions - runs into trouble over privacy concerns.
The uniforms that will be worn by Commonwealth Games volunteers are unveiled during a huge induction event in Glasgow.
The BBC's Andrew Harding reports from the Oscar Pistorius trial in Pretoria where the athlete's former girlfriend Samantha Taylor told the court he carried a gun with him "all the time".
A giant teapot-shaped building is about to be opened to the public in China's eastern city of Wuxi.
Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, UBS and Depfa bank have been acquitted of mis-selling derivatives to the city of Milan.
An Indian navy officer is killed and a number of people are injured in an accident on a ship at a Mumbai dockyard, officials say.
The head teacher of a school for children with behavioural issues defends a decision to allow students over the age of 14 to smoke.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will do "absolutely everything" to help injured Jack Wilshere prepare for the World Cup.
The mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence wants officers accused of wrongdoing to be "rooted out" and face criminal charges, her lawyer says.
The International Criminal Court finds Congo militia leader Germain Katanga guilty of complicity in war crimes but acquits him of sexual offences.