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Oil giants Shell and Taqa announce plans to cut hundreds of North Sea jobs, citing "challenging" times for the industry.
Arsenal's Theo Walcott says he has not had a row with manager Arsene Wenger as he reveals no contract talks are under way.
One of the two pilots of the plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.
The UN's refugee agency says the number of refugees seeking asylum in developed countries rose by 45% in 2014, with Germany receiving the most claims.
Australia power into the Cricket World Cup final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India in Sydney.
Fernando Alonso says his pre-season test crash was caused by a steering problem and rejects reports he woke up thinking he was 15.
France cuts its budget deficit target for this year and signals that the economic recovery is gathering pace.
Transport correspondent Richard Westcott explains the procedures around pilots entering and leaving the cockpit of a commercial jet.
UK retail sales grow more strongly than expected, up 0.7% in February from the previous month, helped by the recovery in the housing market.
The Christians bussing out in case Nigeria poll turns violent
Britain to provide military training to "Syrian moderate opposition forces", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says
Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of adult drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not direct its planned two sequels.
Easyjet raises its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price.
Asian shares fall as investors are rattled by weak US economic data and a sharp sell-off in technology shares on Wall Street.
Lance Armstrong should avoid "ambushing" the Tour de France by taking part in a charity ride, says a Wada chief.
Bale to remain in Spain, Liverpool and Manchester United target Barca defender, plus more.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso is cleared by doctors to return to racing for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
At least 14 workers are killed and about 30 are injured when scaffolding collapses at a building site in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province.
Flash floods in one of the driest regions in the world - Chile's Atacama desert - leave two people dead and 24 missing, officials say.
An Australian man jailed for the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher is convicted of three more rapes, officials reveal.