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TV cook Nigella Lawson has admitted taking cocaine, but denies having a drug problem or being an addict.
A convicted killer is sentenced to life in prison for murdering and mutilating a 17-year-old girl in 1981.
The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.
The group of companies that develop the USB cable announce that a forthcoming generation will be able to be plugged either way round into computer sockets.
A new nuclear power reactor on Anglesey is among the projects listed in a 20-year plan published by the UK government.
Sri Lanka's prime minister orders staff not to write letters in his name, after a heroin importation scam used a letter from his office.
Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt's Sinai to suffer torture and ransom demands, new research says.
The government is to make major changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy with more emphasis on offshore wind power, the BBC has learned.
Crowds of mourners in Lebanon turn out to bury Hassan Lakkis, a commander in the Shia militant group Hezbollah, killed at close range on Tuesday.
At least 18 people have been killed in a rocket attack on government-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say.
TV cook Nigella Lawson admits taking cocaine but denies being an addict, while giving evidence in court.
The Liberal Democrats accuse the Department for Education of "going rogue" by briefing against Nick Clegg over funding for new school kitchens.
Canada's military is soul searching after the suicides of up to four soldiers in just a week, raising questions over post-traumatic stress disorder.
In just 350 words – Over the Barricade
Remarks by Gerry Adams about the murder of two Northern Ireland police officers are described as "nauseating" by Ireland's justice minister.
A truck carrying "dangerous" radioactive material used for treating cancer has been stolen near Mexico City, the UN's nuclear watchdog says.
Playing Nelson Mandela on the big screen has made Idris Elba more selective about his future roles, the actor tells the BBC.
One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby told police it gave him "little joy to approach anybody and slay them", the Old Bailey hears.
A woman who wishes to prevent her dead husband's sperm from being destroyed has explained why she has started legal action against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
Trainer Gerard Butler is disqualified for five years by the British Horseracing Authority after a doping inquiry.