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An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms.
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Ed Miliband hits back at critics of his image and leadership style, insisting voters want "big ideas" not photo opportunities.
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.
The ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson, whose body was found in an Oxfordshire graveyard, is jailed for a minimum of 20 years for her murder.
Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as the number of deaths in the 18-day conflict rises.
Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says.
Team Sky want to keep Sir Bradley Wiggins despite the rider's comments that he is "done" with road racing.
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has pleaded guilty to killing her son in Edinburgh in January.
A concert violinist who died a week after giving evidence at a sex abuse trial of her former teacher did not "commit suicide", a coroner rules.
Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.
The government must find someone to lead its probe into historical child abuse allegations immediately, a children's charity says.
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to £2.65bn for the first half of the year.
Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams says he is "utterly devastated" after an anti-doping violation rules him out of the Commonwealth Games.
John Brown, the brother of Eurovision winner Dana, is cleared of five counts of historic sex abuse.
Thousands of people have lined Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One.
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