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Northern Ireland's private sector is experiencing continued economic recovery, according to the latest survey of businesses.
Kelly Gallagher wins Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold with victory in the super-G event in Sochi.
Reports of a test for Alzheimer's, the search for the missing Malaysian jet and Nick Clegg's 'hymn' to Britain make headlines.
Pope Francis has left the Vatican on a bus with 82 cardinals and bishops for a week of prayer and meditation for Lent.
Officials in Michoacan, Mexico say that they have shot dead drug lord Nazario Moreno - The Craziest One - who was reported killed in 2010.
A standard poodle named Ricky is judged this year's best-in-show at Crufts.
Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station
Japan's current account deficit hits a record 1.5tn yen ($15bn; £8.7bn) in January, as economic growth figures are revised downwards.
How skiing apps 'encourage speed and recklessness'
A campaign to educate young men about what constitutes rape aims at cutting the number of offences.
School Reporters scoop royal coup with Edward
A new scheme aims to help reinvigorate some of Aberdeen's neglected streets with the use of murals to increase civic pride.
Are robots and reading helping the city take on Silicon Valley?
Rasoo is the lead singer of The Muckers, one of Iran's leading rock bands. Ahead of a trip to SXSW in Texas, he spoke to the BBC in Tehran about keeping on the right side of the religious authorities.
Would you propose with a man-made diamond?
Harry Hook's photos of tribes in Africa
The story behind Rio's Christ the Redeemer
Emma Jane Kirby on whether skiing apps encourage dangerous behaviour.
Should Hebden Bridge be the UK's second city?
The refugee who fled genocide and built a business empire