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Polling stations are due to open shortly in Northern Ireland where the electorate will choose 18 MPs at Westminster.
Polling stations across Wales open at 07:00 BST for voting in the UK general election.
The number of young people treated for self-harming in Welsh hospitals has reached a five-year high, new figures reveal.
A New Zealand-Australian man goes on trial in China for attempting to smuggle 30kg (66lb) of crystal methamphetamine out of the country.
European leaders are to gather in the Polish port of Gdansk as ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe get under way.
Counter-terrorism police investigating fraud allegations linked to extremists travelling to Syria charge six men.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she has asked all her ministers to resign and she will choose a new cabinet in the next 72 hours.
Researchers reveal the secret of the success of invasive fire ants - they can excavate any type of soil.
A smartphone has been used to automatically detect wriggling parasites in blood samples, a study shows.
Shares in Asia are down on Thursday following US markets which closed lower after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen expressed concerns over the valuations of US shares.
For children facing adversity, the importance of relationships with pets has been underestimated, say researchers
Does UK viral video show echo of Baltimore debate?
Oscar Holderer, believed to be the last member of the post-WW2 German team whose rocket took US astronauts to the Moon, dies at 95.
The centenary of the sinking of the British ship Lusitania, which led to the deaths of about 1,200 people, is to be commemorated later.
Canada's lawmakers back a new Anti-Terror Act, dramatically expanding the powers of the country's spy agency.
Clydesdale Bank is to be split from its parent company and then floated, says owner National Australia Bank.
Police hand out letters in a Norfolk village asking photographers not to harass the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Hatton Garden raid on safety deposit boxes has "ruined the lives" and livelihoods of some of its victims, a loss adjuster says.
The renewal of US arms shipments to Egypt has come in spite of the fact some observers say the country is worse under President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi than it was under its former leader Hosni Mubarak.
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