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As Human Rights Watch describes a litany of rights abuses in its latest annual report, BBC News asks if the world really is becoming a nastier place.
Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 an accident, and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead.
Police Scotland is criticised for the way it brought in its controversial policy allowing some armed officers to carry out routine duties.
Parents can find out how their children's schools are performing with results of a new colour-coded ratings system being revealed.
The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village.
Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.
Business groups have written to the Chinese government, asking it to rethink rules that would force them to hand over source code and create backdoors for officials in Beijing.
A gang of burglars seemed to enjoy punching a university professor as they raided his south London home, a court hears.
BBC correspondents report from the areas of the UK which are worst hit by the snow.
Wintry weather causes hazardous conditions across many Scottish roads and leads to more than 100 school closures, with more snow on the way.
At least 12 people are killed in a suicide attack on a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
It's one of the biggest creatures to walk the earth, but how is its name pronounced?
The number of serious assaults in prisons in England and Wales reach their highest level for at least a decade, figures from the Ministry of Justice show.
An 82-year-old lollipop man is dragged across the road and pushed to the floor by a robber who stole his sign.
Tackling the threat of extremism in England's schools is to be made a higher priority, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
A film-maker says MPs plotted to knock over a BBC cameraman in the House of Commons - in the hope of stopping his new documentary on Westminster life.
MPs hear evidence on broadband in rural areas and the Charity Commission.
Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.