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A 155-year-old Victorian mouse trap on display at a museum springs into action once again to claim its latest victim.
Security is tight as Santa Clara prepares to host the Super Bowl on Sunday, and protests continue over the plight of homeless residents in nearby San Francisco.
Russian media breaks taboo over Putin private life
The UK foreign secretary brands as "ridiculous" a UN panel's ruling that Julian Assange be allowed to go free, but the Wikileaks founder demands the decision be respected.
Confessions of a repeat Star Wars viewer
Singer manages to outrage both Chinese and Taiwanese fans
A Tokyo restaurant is serving its noodles with chocolate for Valentine's day
David Cameron receives the backing of Denmark for his EU renegotiation after Poland said plans to limit benefits for migrants need "further discussion".
Spain's Socialist party rejects a request from the anti-austerity Podemos party for exclusive talks, leaving negotiations over a new government at a deadlock.
Active Zika virus has been detected in the saliva and urine of patients, Brazilian scientists say.
A large construction crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing one person and injuring at least two others.
Nato accuses Russia of undermining attempts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict by carrying out strikes on opposition groups.
Pope Francis is to hold a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox Church, in Cuba.
An Indian airline suspends five crew members who let Bollywood star Sonu Nigam sing over its public address system - sparking a row on social media.
Police say 22 incidents of sexual assault occurred on the first night of the Carnival street party, with thousands packing the streets amid tight security.
A UN panel says Wikileaks' Julian Assange should be allowed to walk free and compensated for his "deprivation of liberty" - a finding the UK will contest.
About 70,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Turkey's border as they flee fighting near Aleppo, Ankara says, while activists put the number at 40,000.
A top EU official tells MEPs to speak slower and in their mother tongue to help struggling interpreters.
Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc says he "can’t believe the response" to news he will co-host the new series of Top Gear, when the BBC show returns in May.
Authorities say the silent events are not necessarily silent.