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Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to predict earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, scientists say.
Tougher rules are needed to ensure electricians have enough training to work on people's houses without putting them in danger, MPs warn.
The High Court will rule later on a widow's bid to prevent her dead husband's sperm from being destroyed.
A "catastrophic" situation is developing in England with many vulnerable elderly people being denied care, campaigners say.
Offering bursaries to students from poorer backgrounds does not appear to improve their chances of completing degree courses, research finds.
Universities in the US dominate an international league table ranking institutions by "reputation", although Cambridge and Oxford make the top five.
Can Britain end its love affair with sugar?
Are statins a risk worth taking?
Has a musical project found the secret of happiness?
The town that wants more nuclear waste
During World War II, some of Hollywood's most accomplished directors left at the height of their careers to join the US armed forces. They weren't there to fight, but to document the war and broadcast images of the battlefield to the American public back home.
Plans to limit police stop and search powers have been held up by "regressive" attitudes in Downing Street, senior Conservatives tell Newsnight.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro breaks diplomatic relations with Panama over its request for the OAS to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.
London's first cat cafe opens to such a huge demand that it is fully booked for its first two months.
The curious Britishness of four South Atlantic islands
How to shift a town of 20,000 down the road
Costa Rica presidential candidate Johnny Araya, from the governing party, says he is abandoning his campaign for April's run-off election.
Ralph Fiennes has been receiving some of the best reviews of his career for his portrayal of a concierge in Wes Anderson's new feature The Grand Budapest Hotel.
US researchers reveal another baby carrying the HIV virus, which leads to Aids, may have been cured through early antiretroviral therapy.
New guidance which aims to teach children healthy eating habits is published by the Scottish government.