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Nintendo's operating profit grew nearly 50% in the last quarter but it was not enough to keep the game-maker from slashing its full year target.
A former nuclear scientist in the US is jailed for five years for trying to pass nuclear bomb-making secrets to Venezuela.
The start of the inquest into the Sydney cafe siege hears that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.
An uncertain future for Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah
Political vacuum leaves Aghan businesses feeling blocked
Could Syriza's triumph produce Europe-wide political change?
A portrait of my displaced mother and her mental turmoil
The entrepreneurs helping teenage girls in the developing world
New app gives blind people help to see
The coach of Qatar's record-beating World Championship handball squad faces questions about the high number of foreign players in his team.
The art of 'maskirovka' - how Russia keeps enemies guessing
Is China bringing Tibetan Buddhism in from the cold?
Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.
The number of women being sent to prison should be halved, says Justice Minister Simon Hughes.
Scores of England's top private schools are expecting to be at the bottom of the secondary school league tables, following confusion over IGCSEs.
Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.
Top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in unexplained circumstances, borrowed a gun because he feared for his security, a colleague says.
Real Madrid are set to rename the Bernabeu as part of a sponsorship deal with a UAE-based petroleum investment company.