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Nadal loses to Ferrer in Monte Carlo

World number one Rafael Nadal is beaten 7-6 6-4 by David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Eastern Ukraine militants snub deal

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine refuse to leave official buildings, just hours after an international deal was reached to defuse the crisis.

British teenager killed in Syria

An 18-year-old British man who was killed in Syria "died in battle" and was not a terrorist, his father tells the BBC.

Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.

Boy in hospital with severe burns

A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns.

Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt

Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.

Man Utd have failed - coach Neville

Manchester United have not lived up to expectations this season, coach and former player Phil Neville tells the BBC.

Channel Tunnel trains back to normal

Channel Tunnel rail services have returned to normal on Good Friday morning after being hit by severe disruption.

Tributes for Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Presidents and fellow writers pay tribute to Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez ,who has died in Mexico aged 87.

Kim Novak speaks out over jibes

Vertigo actress Kim Novak says she felt bullied after people attacked her looks at this year's Oscars.

Liverpool trio on PFA award list

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are among six nominees for the PFA's player of the year award.

Top aide to French president resigns

A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post.

VIDEO: Tree topples as strong winds hit NZ

Footage has emerged of a tropical storm in New Zealand blowing down a large tree as the remnants of Cyclone Ita swept through the city of Nelson.

S Korea ferry captain arrest sought

Prosecutors in South Korea ask for an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry that capsized on Wednesday killing 28, with 268 missing.

Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing'

Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.

Larrazabal stung by hornets in Malaysia

Pablo Larrazabal is repeatedly stung by a swarm of hornets at the Malaysian Open, where Lee Westwood leads by four shots.

VIDEO: Volcano spews ash in Peru

Four thousand people living near Peru's most active volcano Ubinas are being evacuated from their homes.

Charges over Todd cyber-bullying

A man is charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself after cyber bullying.

Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'

An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader.

ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto.

VIDEO: Everest avalanche kills at least 12

An avalanche on Mount Everest has left at least 12 Sherpa guides dead and is thought to be the deadliest climbing tragedy on the mountain.

One fifth of China soil contaminated

Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.

Easter funeral for Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the church where she was married and her mother's funeral held, her family says.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

What exactly is 'good' about Good Friday?

US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept'

The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.

Everest avalanche kills 12 guides

At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, officials in Nepal say.

Festival 'lucky' to welcome stars

Organisers of the Hay Festival of literature say they are "incredibly lucky" to welcome big names such as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher as part of the line-up for this years event.

VIDEO: A day in the life of the BBC in Ukraine

James Reynolds records team's day in eastern Ukraine

Gold found in Indian man's stomach

A stack of 12 bars of gold were recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him tells the BBC.

VIDEO: Row over Irish dancing make-up ban

The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.

VIDEO: Anxious time for Syria's Christians

Around the world Christians are marking Holy Week in the run up to Easter, but for Syria's Christians, it is also an anxious time as the country's war drags on into a fourth year.

China jails corruption activists

China jails four more activists linked to the Xu Zhiyong-founded New Citizens' Movement, which seeks government transparency.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

Trouble in paradise for Chile's Easter Island

Easter Island struggles to cope with tourist influx

Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.

Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade

A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.

How 420 became code for marijuana

Why cannabis smokers love the number 420

What makes Jerusalem so holy?

What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?

Alfa Romeo plots a US comeback

After 20 years, Alfa Romeo returns to the US

Obama: Healthcare law 'is working'

President Barack Obama defends his signature healthcare law, saying the debate over its repeal is "over" as he touts high enrolment numbers.

VIDEO: 'We want to be part of Russia'

The BBC's Natalia Antelava visits a camp site of the self-declared people's Republic of Donetsk.

VIDEO: Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87.

Congress' favourite son heading for defeat?

India's Rahul Gandhi faces a tough challenge in India polls

Weibo shares surge on US debut

Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.

Brazilian police end strike over pay

Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets.

French troops free Mali aid workers

French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.

Sydney airport go-ahead

Economic gold or nightmare reality?

Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions

Killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions in Iran

EU green light for UK carbon project

A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Fresh Syria gas attack alleged

Activists in Syria have published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces - the fourth, they say, this month.

US banking giants see mixed results

US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.

Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies

Puerto Rican salsa singer and composer Cheo Feliciano dies in a car crash in his native island aged 78.

Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes

Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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