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Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Mandy Rice-Davies and a classic Westminster scandal that mortally wounded a prime minister.
Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.
The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.
Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
Fifa votes unanimously for the full publication of Michael Garcia's report into World Cup corruption, according to sources.
Millions of people are expected to use the UK's transport networks on Friday as schools break up and the Christmas getaway begins.
Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016, subject to a review into female soldiers.
A 17-year-old is arrested after a boxing world title contender suffered a fractured skull tackling two alleged burglars at a neighbour's home.
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.
Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.
A man who was rescued from a river in Cardiff died shortly after he was pulled from the water, police confirm.
A killer who bludgeoned and stabbed a woman to death, then kept the location of her remains secret for 14 years, is jailed.