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Italian online fashion retailer Yoox agrees an all-share merger deal London-based rival Net-a-Porter.
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman denies he is quitting the show after a leaked email from him thanking staff and marking the end of an era.
The chairman of South Africa's power utility resigns following calls for him to be sacked over allegations of interfering with operations.
The UK's economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated last year, revised official figures show.
Rare evidence of key Russian role in Ukraine combat
Myanmar's President Thein Sein witnesses the signing of a draft ceasefire agreement between the government and 16 rebel groups.
Filming on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film is delayed until 15 April as star Johnny Depp continues to recover from a hand injury.
Louis Tomlinson calls Naughty Boy "inconsiderate" as a new Zayn Malik track is shared on Twitter.
Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies says profits jumped a third last year, boosted by strong performances in all its businesses.
Last hours of intensive diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme take place in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a long-awaited deal.
Scottish authors Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh are among six writers nominated for an award celebrating the year's funniest books.
The BBC's Lina Sinjab spent the day with Um Bassam, a Syrian Palestinian mother of five who fled Syria for Lebanon.
Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari edges ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan in early election counts, though key states are yet to declare.
At least six people have died in landslides following floods in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say.
Intense negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme enter a final day in Switzerland, ahead of a deadline to reach a preliminary deal.
The governor of the US state of Indiana strongly defends a contentious religious freedom law, amid a backlash from gay rights supporters.
Despite the volatility in its Asian business, the world's largest spirits maker, Diageo, says 50% of its products' sales growth will come from the region.
Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago.
A Malaysian court finds a local man guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo.
Riyadh tries to counter the pull of Islamic State among its citizens