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Four Thai fishermen thought to have been held by Somali pirates longer than any other captives have been freed, officials say.
Indiana could be the first US state to introduce baby boxes - anonymous drop-off points designed to prevent the deaths of abandoned infants.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of winter testing at Barcelona while Jenson Button posts 100 laps for McLaren.
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr Spock in the US science fiction series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.
Akbar Hossain reports from the site in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, where attackers hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger, Avijit Roy.
Hull City are fined by governing body Uefa for breaching Financial Fair Play rules but Liverpool are cleared.
A popular Rwandan singer is jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government.
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.
Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
Authorities in Spain arrest eight people accused of travelling to eastern Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.
Footage shows a 20-minute journey by boat, speeded up to just under one minute, on the frozen Hudson river in New York.
Attorney General Eric Holder says he will try to change the standard needed to bring federal civil rights cases in his last few weeks in the job.
Anxious times as Mariupol awaits the arrival of pro-Russian rebels
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria.
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The Ukrainian army is using the current truce to "rearm and re-group", says the BBC's Paul Wood from the village of Peski, near Donetsk airport.
A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital.
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
US markets open lower on Friday after GDP is revised down to an annualised 2.2% for the last three months of 2014.
Turkish court fines a man for "emotional violence" for telling his wife he doesn't love her.