Assad has vowed to recapture Syria as a whole

Assad's military solution for Syria 'deluded' - US

13 Feb Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "deluded" if he thinks there is a military solution to the war in Syria, nearly five years into a brutal conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people, a US official has said.

Cameron does not want Britain to walk away from the EU

Cameron confident of deal to avoid 'Brexit'

13 Feb British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed confidence that a deal could be reached allowing Britain to remain in the European Union and avoid a so-called "Brexit".

18% of properties in the city of Berkeley had moisture or water damage that raised significant safety concerns

Report finds Berkeley multi-unit buildings unsafe

12 Feb New mandatory building inspections introduced in Berkeley, California as a direct result of the tragic balcony collapse which killed six young people and injured seven others have found that almost one in five multi-unit properties in the city had unsafe water damaged balconies, decks or stairwells.

Philae came to rest on a comet in November 2014

Scientists bid comet lander Philae farewell

12 Feb European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only to lose power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade.

George Clooney and his wife Amal met German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Refugee crisis bigger than Syrian exodus - Clooney

12 Feb Actor George Clooney said the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States.

Issue of abortion has long divided opinion in Northern Ireland

Stormont rejects abortion reform proposal

11 Feb Following a four-hour debate, members of Northern Ireland's Assembly last night rejected a proposal to allow abortions in cases where the foetus has no chance of survival outside the womb.