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Barack Obama has said he will not be taking part in the ice bucket challenge, a fundraising stunt which involves people drenching themselves with cold water.
In his latest BBC column, Lewis Hamilton talks about the title race, and says he is glad he did not rush into an F1 drive when he was too young.
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.
Efforts to break a deadlock in a long-running row over firefighters' pensions are being ramped up with fresh talks later.
The number of overseas tourists visiting the South West in 2013 grew at a faster rate than anywhere else in Britain, according to VisitBritain.
London is the most expensive city in Europe for cultural activities, with Warsaw the cheapest, a survey suggests.
India blocks the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorifies her killers.
Why was this man refused entry to Dubai?
The town that would have to rebrand if Scotland votes Yes
UN's human rights chief Navi Pillay strongly criticises the UN Security Council for its failure to prevent conflicts around the world.
How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking
What are the main reasons men pay for sex?
Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet voters' expectations?
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.
Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.
Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests.
Dutch grapple with jihadist threat from some young Muslims
Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to a Scottish think tank.