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The system for administering tens of millions of pounds of legal aid payments is not fit for purpose, inspectors say.
An entire generation of Syrian children are becoming casualties of the civil war and the UN refugee agency says the conflict has reached "a shameful milestone".
The families of two British women targeted in an acid attack in Zanzibar say the UK government must apply more pressure on the Tanzanian authorities.
The war in Syria is creating a generation of damaged refugee children, many of whom are forced to work to survive, a UN reports says.
About 85 people are injured, six of them seriously, when a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong to Macau hits an "unidentified object", officials say.
Almost 4,000 misconduct offences have been committed by adults at youth level football, according to the Football Association.
A by-product of cholesterol can fuel the deadly growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a group of scientists.
How are Switzerland among the top seeds at next year's World Cup finals, but Netherlands and Italy are not?
Future challenges in the fight against HIV/Aids
Adult earwigs use a chemical cloud to protect themselves against threats, scientists discover.
Wine experts express a preference for a £40 champagne above a £400 bottle, according to a study.
The French parliament is to debate a bill which would crack down on prostitution by imposing hefty fines on anyone paying for sex.
Sexism is so widespread in the UK that it affects "most aspects" of the lives of girls and young women, a report from Girlguiding UK says.
People who look after young relatives or friends' children are being treated unfairly by some councils, a local government watchdog says.
Parliamentary groups must be more transparent to ease fears that they are being used by lobbyists to impress clients, a Commons watchdog suggests.
Japanese stocks are at their highest level for six years as a raft of reasons give investors fresh confidence - reports the BBC's Puneet Pal Singh.
A Devon hospital is investigating how a surgical needle came to be left inside a patient.
Scientists devise a new "love test" that they believe is a better guide to the success of a relationship than the good intentions of newly-weds.
A high-speed ferry hit an "unidentified object" on its journey between Hong Kong and Macau, leaving 85 people injured.
Australia blocks US conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) A$3.4bn ($3.1bn; £1.8bn) takeover of GrainCorp - its biggest grain merchant.