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Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party look set for victory in France's local elections, exit polls suggest.
Former world number one Tiger Woods drops out of the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in his career.
Chelsea to bid £75m for Bale, Sterling to turn down Liverpool deal, Modric to Manchester City, plus more.
Britain's Andy Murray beats Colombian Santiago Giraldo to claim his 499th career win and reach round four at the Miami Open.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg say Ferrari are genuine rivals after Sebastian Vettel's impressive victory in Malaysia.
Italian luxury goods retailer Prada sees its net profit fall 28% last year as sales slumped in major markets of China and Europe.
Australia orders two people to remain in the cockpit at all times during commercial flights, after last week's Germanwings crash.
At least 100 people have died in political unrest in Bangladesh since the beginning of the year, and hundreds more have been injured, as Akbar Hossain reports
The Solar Impulse 2 plane has departed from Mandalay in Myanmar as part of its round-the-world flight, Kasia Madera reports
Arab leaders meeting in Egypt have decided to act together to confront what they say are "unprecedented" threats facing the region, as Alan Johnston reports.
Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.
The refugee who carried these shoes until he met his mother
Ukrainian volunteers use drones over rebel-held Donetsk
A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.
The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from the central Indian state of Chattisgarh on the growing insecurity that is gripping the Christian community
Six world powers and Iran intensify talks in Lausanne, as a deadline to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme looms.
Three days on from a massive gas blast in New York that flattened three buildings, two bodies are found in rubble.
Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated DNA of 78 people on board.
Shane Long's late goal rescues a vital draw for the Republic of Ireland against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifier.
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP and its allies make major gains in the final round of local elections, exit polls suggest.