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China announces a growth target of 7.5% and reveals plans to raise its defence budget by 12.2%, as it opens its annual parliament session.
The Australian government rejects Qantas's request for a $2.7bn loan, as the airline struggles to cope with increasing losses.
The government withdraws funding from 5,000 "low value" adult vocational courses in England, including self-tanning and balloon artistry.
Some children with special educational needs are being left without education for significant periods, a local government ombudsman report says.
China sets its economic growth target for the year at 7.5% and its inflation goal at 3.5% as it looks to continue its efforts to stabilise the economy.
Psychological abuse should be made a crime in England and Wales in order to save more victims of domestic violence, campaigners say.
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.
Cuadrilla's shale gas resource is far bigger than previously thought, according to a geologist with the company.
Screws made from silk have been used to pin broken bones in research that could transform surgery.
Nick Clegg is to accuse UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and his MEP colleagues of failing to "stand up for Britain".
Exposure to passive smoking in childhood causes lasting damage to the structure of children’s arteries, say researchers.
Were Norse raiders as bloodthirsty as tradition says?
Is the NHS having its Sliding Doors moment?
Thousands of protesters march through the streets of Caracas as Venezuela prepares to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez.
The North Korean defectors who want to return
My attempt to disrupt the 1970 Miss World contest
The dying art of engraving wax-sealing rings
The country tackling a hard drug by legalising a soft one
Is it time to download the homework?
The latest business confidence monitor suggests optimism among Scots firms is rising as the economy grows.