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An MEP who has defected to the Conservatives had "reached the end of the road" with UKIP, party leader Nigel Farage says.
South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo is ruled out of Tuesday's Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana.
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Andy Murray wins a gruelling late-night contest with Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson refused Jose Mourinho's handshake before full-time in the FA Cup win over Chelsea.
Joe Franklin, who was a New York TV host for 43 years and is credited by some as having invented the talk show format, dies at the age of 88.
Home favourite Nick Kyrgios beats Andreas Seppi in five sets to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, an Arab-American civil rights group says.
Greeks vote in a general election, with the anti-austerity Syriza and the centre-right New Democracy parties seen as frontrunners in a tight race.
US President Barack Obama calls Japan's PM to offer condolences after the apparent murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State.
Michael Carberry helps Perth Scorchers beat Kevin Pietersen's Melbourne Stars to reach the Australian Big Bash final.
Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close fly-by.
A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair fetches $25,000 (£16,600) at an auction of memorabilia that sells for more than $800,000 in total.
Maria Sharapova will face Eugenie Bouchard, while Rafael Nadal is also through to the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The Indonesian official leading efforts to recover AirAsia flight QZ8501 says the fuselage appears to be too fragile to be lifted, after failed bids to raise it.
New Zealand win the one-day series against Sri Lanka with a match still to play after going 4-1 up with a 120-run victory.
Michael Keaton's film Birdman emerges as a strong contender for the Academy Awards after being given the Producers Guild of America's top prize.
The US space agency's mission to Pluto is about to take its first pictures of the mysterious icy world.
Billions of pounds owed in child maintenance may never be recovered, government accounts show - though ministers say the debts are not "forgotten".
An MEP who defected from UKIP to the Conservatives has branded his old party a "vanity project" for its leader Nigel Farage, who runs it "like a dictator".