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A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times, police figures show.
Chinese property giant Dalian Wanda is set to invest $1bn (£667m) in a real estate development near Sydney Harbour.
The most senior US envoy for East Asia is in Thailand for talks with its military government, the highest-level contact since last year's coup.
President Obama and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, say they have reached a long awaited breakthrough on issues holding up civil nuclear co-operation.
Andy Murray is ready for a partisan home crowd at his Australian Open quarter-final against Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.
France's Le Pen family split over controversial anti-Muslim video
Pope Francis has released colourful balloons at a ceremony in St Peter's Square to symbolise peace.
How did Nigeria's Boko Haram become so strong?
US Air Force UFO secrets revealed
The Burmese government say investigations are continuing into the rape and murder of two teachers last week.
The anti-austerity Syriza party wins the Greek general election promising to renegotiate the country's bailout in a challenge to international creditors.
The 100-year-old camera that has captured readers' lives
The American who changed the way Sherlock Holmes looks
At least 18 people are killed in Egypt during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.
A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.
A table at which Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights and her sister Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre is returned to the family home.
A person's ability to taste umami in food is closely linked to their overall health, particularly in older people, Japanese researchers suggest.
The young car fan whose website is a growing hit with petrolheads
Fifa president Sepp Blatter accuses Uefa of lacking the "courage" to challenge his leadership in May's election.
Malaysia's national hero, Lee Chong Wei, says he will retire from the sport of badminton if he is given a two-year suspension for allegedly doping.