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Nigeria victor issues Boko Haram vow  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:35:10 GMT
The winner of Nigeria's presidential election Muhammadu Buhari vows that militants Boko Haram will "soon know the strength of our collective will". 
US concern over Thai security law  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:32:50 GMT
The US says Thailand's replacement of martial law with new emergency measures does little to reduce the power of the military. 
Alps crash video 'must be handed in'  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:43:56 GMT
A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash calls for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities. 
Bolivia minister sacked for Chile logo  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:18:15 GMT
Bolivia's Defence Minister Jorge Ledezma is sacked after he travelled to neighbouring Chile wearing a top with a controversial motto. 
IS militants 'enter Damascus camp'  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:51:16 GMT
Islamic State militants enter the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital, seizing control of large areas, reports say. 
Arrests over Canada prostitution ring  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:04:04 GMT
Six people are arrested in Canada on suspicion of running a prostitution ring, which smuggled nearly 500 women in to the country. 
Leaders prepare for election debate  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:45:25 GMT
The leaders of seven political parties gear up for a live, two-hour televised general election debate later. 
M&S sees turnaround in clothes sales  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:25:14 GMT
Marks & Spencer says sales for the three months to 28 March grew 1.9%, with a 0.7% gain for closely-watched general merchandising sales, the best performance in nearly four years. 
Crews battle industrial unit fire  Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:12:21 GMT
A large fire breaks out at a warehouse on an industrial unit in north-west London. 
Social media teacher abuse 'rising'  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:09:26 GMT
The NASUWT teaching union says an increasing number of teachers are facing abuse on social media, not only from pupils but also parents. 
Election 2015 in pictures: 1 April  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:10:12 GMT
Images from the campaign trail: 1 April 
In pictures: Open, Youth and Mobile  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:27:38 GMT
Open and Youth winners in Sony World Photo Awards 
Weather in pictures: 31 March  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:33:51 GMT
Winds batter Britain causing travel disruption 
Election 2015 in pictures: 31 March  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33:17 GMT
The first full day of campaigning 
No work, no football in time of Ebola  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:44:49 GMT
How Ebola still affects love lives and wallets