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US troops in Poland for exercises

A first US contingent arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

Police make Syria appeal to UK women
British counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to urge men against travelling to possibly fight in Syria.

Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, dies in a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.

Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
US film star Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.

Lib Dems 'to fight for EU cause'
Nick Clegg will pledge to speak "loudly, passionately and unequivocally" against "isolationists" when he launches the Liberal Democrat campaign for the European elections.

Asthma inhalers may go into schools
Plans to allow schools to keep asthma inhalers go to public consultation, as campaigners say current rules endanger hundreds of thousands of children.

Asylum housing badly managed - MPs
A Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Commons Public Accounts Committee says.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads
Facebook reports growing earnings on surging mobile advertising revenue as chief finance officer David Ebersman prepares to leave.

Jets scrambled over Russian planes
RAF fighter jets were scrambled to investigate two Russian military aircraft spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.

Cancer teen hits £1m charity target
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.

Madeleine 'clues' and Mark Shand death - papers
A police update in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann and the death of the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall after a fall in New York attract front page headlines.

Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.

Complaints mount over Jamaica Inn
The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn escalates, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings following Monday's debut instalment.

Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage as holders Bayern Munich lose semi-final first leg in Spain.

Weight concerns behind Phelps return
Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps says he is coming out of retirement because of concerns over his weight.

Farbrace named as England assistant
Paul Farbrace is confirmed as England's new assistant coach to Peter Moores after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach.

Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
Manchester United reject "unprofessional" claim, insisting they did not want to search for a successor behind David Moyes's back.

Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.

UK government hits borrowing target
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

VIDEO: Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile
UK banks are expanding their use of mobile branches. Brian Milligan reports on the new banks on wheels.

UKIP angry over rival party's name
UKIP says it is "extremely unhappy" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the European elections.

VIDEO: Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander says the Lib Dems would be willing to renew their coalition with the Conservatives, but would not support a minority government.

Binge drinking 'link to overeating'
Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says.

VIDEO: Package holidays blamed for cancer rise
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.

Tuition-fee change savings 'unclear'
A study says the public cost of higher university fees and loans is "highly uncertain" and depends on how much future graduates will earn.

VIDEO: Schools improving maths with snooker
Snooker World Champion Steve Davis is taking his love of the sport into schools in the hope of improving students' maths skills.

NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'
Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.

VIDEO: Hands-on with Microsoft's Cortana
Microsoft's natural language expert explains how he breathed life into the firm's Halo-inspired virtual assistant Cortana.

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'
Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.

Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.

VIDEO: Mirren: I'd love to play Juliet
Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she always wanted to play Shakespeare's Juliet, but was never given the chance.

What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?
The 16-year-old boy who flew in a wheel well of a plane from California to Hawaii appeared to defy the odds.

Should the UK have more bank holidays?
Does the UK have enough bank holidays, asks Anthony Reuben.

Three children found dead in London
A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder.

Cornish granted UK minority status
Cornish people will be granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.

Plan to end corroboration on hold
Controversial plans to end the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources are put on hold for at least a year.

Yes vote 'boon' for northern England
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond insists Scottish independence would be a boon for the north of England because it would rebalance the UK economy.

Adams 'gave IRA bomb order' - claim
A former IRA member makes new allegations about Gerry Adams, claiming the Sinn Féin leader ordered him to transport explosives to Great Britain for a bombing campaign in 1980.

Gang with golf clubs attack trio
A hate crime in east Belfast in which three people were attacked by a gang armed with golf clubs is being investigated by police.

Men win sex discrimination pay case
Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues win an equal pay claim against a university.

Rhys Jones withdraws from uni role
Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from becoming Cardiff University's chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle in which his appointment was delayed at the last minute.

S Sudan president sacks army chief
South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.

Deadly car bomb strikes Nairobi
Four people, two of them police, are killed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by a car bomb outside a police station.

Obama pledges Japan islands support
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.

Debris dismissed in plane search
Authorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

EU in slow progress on deficit cuts
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes
Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.

Bogota mayor Petro reinstalled
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reinstates the ousted mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, to his post following a court order to that effect.

Iran replaces prison service chief
The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.

Lebanese MPs fail to elect president
Members of Lebanon's parliament fail to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.

Chelsea Manning granted name change
The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.

Primark to open its first US stores
Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.

Day in pictures: 23 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 23 April

In pictures: divers search South Korea ferry
Divers search South Korea ferry

In pictures: Rural murals
Huge murals in Dumfries and Galloway

In pictures: Garcia Marquez tributes
Memorials Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Day in pictures: 22 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 22 April

In pictures: Easter celebrations
Christians mark Easter Sunday

Day in pictures: 21 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 21 April

Week in pictures: 12-18 April 2014
News photographs from around the world

VIDEO: House of Commons
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

VIDEO: One man's bid to make kindness cool
BBC News hears from a man carrying out a daily random act of kindness or 'RAK Nomination'.

VIDEO: NYPD's twitter campaign backfires
NYPD asked followers to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag "myNYPD" as part of a social media campaign.

VIDEO: Three children found dead in London
A woman believed to be the mother of three children found dead at a south-west London home has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

VIDEO: Horror of S Sudan massacre filmed
The White House has strongly condemned the massacre of civilians in South Sudan calling it a betrayal of the people by their leaders.

VIDEO: Tribute to youngest Hillsborough victim
The mother of the Hillsborough disaster's youngest victim has said he would have been ''very proud'' of his cousin, England Captain Steven Gerrard.

VIDEO: Russia in new Ukraine attack threat
Moscow has again warned that it will retaliate if it judges that the interests of Russian people are being threatened in Ukraine.

VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award
Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears.

VIDEO: Volunteers join Ukraine's border guard
Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have been located on the border with Russia, joined by enthusiastic volunteer defenders.

Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
What is the evidence that the UK is a Christian country?

A tour of Shakespeare's England
What do the Bard's favourite haunts look like today?

The ways tattoos can get you into trouble
The ways tattoos can get you into trouble

Is Louis van Gaal Man Utd's saviour?
Is Louis Van Gaal Man Utd's saviour?

Why Palestinians love St George
Why St George is a hero on the West Bank

Danger of London's 'hidden homes'
Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes

Are gardeners wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?
Is it wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?

Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile
The old technology bringing your bank branch to you

Anatomy of the cost of a new drug
Why do new treatments cost so much?

Is the UK becoming more productive?
UK productivity may be up – but what does it mean?

Are late night brawls a thing of the past?
Are late night brawls a thing of the past?