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A stronger emphasis on maths skills and more practical science are part of the revised content of new-look GCSEs and A-levels.
Seasons five and six of the HBO fantasy drama will go ahead, producers announce.
Ian Thorpe's manager says reports that the swimmer will lose his arm after contracting a serious infection are incorrect.
Manchester United's players visit a memorial to the Munich air disaster before their match with Bayern Munich.
An emotional Oscar Pistorius returns to court to recount how he found his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her on Valentine's Day 2013.
Sri Lanka's cricketers are welcomed home by thousands of fans after winning the World Twenty20 crown.
After weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela in which 39 people have been killed, the administration and opposition agree to formal talks.
British actor Daniel Craig quits courtroom drama The Whole Truth, days before he was due to begin shooting in Boston with co-star Renee Zellweger.
Australia's high-end retailer David Jones recommends that shareholders accept a $2bn takeover offer from South Africa's Woolworths.
Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles globally due to five separate issues, including problems with steering columns.
Charlotte Edwards is one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year along with Joe Root, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shikhar Dhawan.
Indonesians cast their ballots to elect representatives in national and local parliaments, in a move that sets the stage for presidential elections in July.
Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane will help open a new £30m building at Glasgow School of Art.
An independent Scotland could expect to lose subsidies to green energy investment from the rest of the UK, the UK government warns.
Japan's Olympus faces lawsuits from six banks seeking compensation over false financial statements issued by the firm from 2000 to 2011.
The 54-year-old former wrestler has passed away, days after appearing at WrestleMania 30.
Celebrated British composer Michael Nyman's Hillsborough Memorial symphony will open the 2014 Liverpool Biennial in July.
Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods can still beat his record of 18 major titles despite his latest injury setback.
New rules that limit EU migrants' access to out-of-work benefits will be extended to child welfare payments, the government announces.