It is an unnerving coincidence: as Michel Houellebecq's controversial new novel was published on Wednesday, terrorists raided the offices of Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 people.
With the Scots offered further devolution in the hope of averting a yes vote in the independence referendum, some English regions say they want more powers to tax and spend.
An opinion poll showing a small majority in favour of Scottish independence led to a fall in the value of the pound and Scottish bank shares. A taste of things to come?
Luis Suarez is facing yet another ban after being accused of biting an opponent at the World Cup. But what makes such a talented footballer bare his fangs for a bite?
Nigel Farage likes being pictured with a pint in his hand, while his wife says he drinks too much. But the Ukip leader is not the only politician to enjoy a drink.
You could be forgiven for thinking Ukip won the council elections. It didn't, but a strong showing from Nigel Farage's party has sent shockwaves through the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
With the number of so-called legal highs growing at an "unprecedented" rate across the world, what are the most common types of these drugs and what dangers do they pose?
Sorry guys - but the news for wannabe first-time buyers just isn't getting any better. This time it's Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, interest rates and new mortgage measures.