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Based on a study of its skull, scientists say that an extinct one-tonne relative of the guinea pig probably used its 30cm incisors like tusks.
The number of plays staged by the UK's most-subsidised theatre companies rose by a fifth between 2009 and 2014, BBC research suggests.
The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil speaks to the family of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi about their lives in hiding, after she was given a death sentence for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Jordan vows to avenge the killing of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video posted by Islamic State militants claims to show him being burned alive.
There are twice as many empty shops in England's northern towns and cities than in the South, research suggests.
Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a growing backbench rebellion, with three MPs calling for a vote on his leadership.
One in two people in the UK will probably develop cancer at some point, but lifestyle choices could still arrest the rise, experts say.
Rio residents save their community from demolition
Family of blasphemy law victim appeal for help