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Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes amid fears a storm, which has killed two men, will cause the biggest tidal surge for 60 years.
The chancellor says the UK economy is bouncing back but the recovery is "not yet done" - and millions must wait longer for a state pension.
A French-led military operation to protect civilians in the Central African Republic is being launched "immediately", as scores die in fresh sectarian fighting.
The embattled mayor of Canada's largest city Toronto, Rob Ford, denies trying to buy a video which apparently showed him smoking crack cocaine.
Fast-food workers in several cities across the US stage a 24-hour strike in protest against low wages.
India's Supreme Court says that it will take no action against retired judge AK Ganguly, accused of sexual misconduct by one of his interns.
More than 100 people are confirmed dead in fighting in the Central African Republic as the UN backs French plans to join a peacekeeping force.
Ford Mustang and the history of US muscle cars
US car giant General Motors plans to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe and concentrate more on its Opel and Vauxhall brands.
The cultural test which determines whether a film can qualify as a British production is set to be changed to encourage more investment in the UK film industry.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the venue where the opening match of the 2014 World Cup is due to be played in June will not be ready until mid-April.
A Royal Marine who murdered an injured insurgent in Afghanistan is named as Sgt Alexander Blackman, after the High Court lifted an anonymity order.
Gunmen raid a jewellers in an affluent district of the French capital, making off with luxury watches worth 800,000 euros (£670,000), reports say.
A major storm hits northern Europe, leaving at least four people dead or missing, causing transport disruption and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades.
Ronnie O'Sullivan is eliminated from the UK Championship after a 6-4 quarter-final defeat to Stuart Bingham.
Trainer Gerard Butler blames "one disastrous lapse" after being given a five-year ban for injecting racehorses with banned drugs.
Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.
Uganda's parliament gives iPads to all MPs at a cost of $370,000 - a move which is criticised by many people.
The men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby in south-east London chose him because he was "the soldier that was spotted first", the Old Bailey hears.
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle will be returning to London with the Berlin Philharmonic for a major residency in 2015.