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X Factor presenter Simon Cowell has told Radio 4's Today programme that the standard of acts appearing on the X Factor talent show has dropped since 2010.
War medals belonging to a 100-year-old veteran and his father are stolen from his Kent home.
The footballer who beat England - then disappeared
How clever maths helped locate a lost plane at sea
People struggling with debt are being talked into expensive repayment plans that offer poor value for money, says the financial services watchdog.
Police say savings they have already made could mean they will achieve their £1.1bn target two years earlier than forecast.
President Dilma Rousseff leads tributes to legendary World-Cup winning Brazil football captain Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, who died this week.
Five Greater Manchester officers are to be investigated by the police watchdog over the handling of a report of a rape.
Pope Francis launches a stinging attack on the mafia, warning gangsters that they will go to hell unless they repent and stop doing evil.
Arsene Wenger says his 1,000th match as Arsenal boss will be the "game of the season" as his side face Chelsea on Saturday.
Some 2.5 million tweets were posted within three hours of Twitter getting blocked in Turkey.
A Toronto man accused of killing a Chinese student whose last moments were witnessed via webcam by her boyfriend offers to admit manslaughter.
Ryan Hall's first-half hat-trick against the London Broncos helps the unbeaten Leeds Rhinos go top of Super League
Worcester old boy Andy Goode kicks a last-minute conversion as Wasps hand Warriors a heartbreaking defeat.
The Italian navy says more than 4,000 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily in the past four days.
Key moments of how the site was blocked
The second day of an international search for a missing Malaysian airliner concludes without any sightings of debris in the southern Indian Ocean.
Brazil's government says it will send federal troops to Rio de Janeiro to quell recent attacks targeting police ahead of the World Cup in June.
A 14-year-old boy is arrested after allegedly firing a gun on a New York City bus in a suspected gang dispute, killing an innocent bystander.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law formally annexing Crimea, as the EU announces new sanctions against key officials.