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Afghans probe Mullah Omar 'death'
The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman says.
Pakistan Sunni militant chief killed
Pakistani police say they have shot dead Malik Ishaq, the leader of banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Pair due in court over Cecil the lion
A Zimbabwean hunter and farm owner are due to appear in court in Victoria Falls on poaching charges over the killing of famed lion Cecil.
Israeli Gaza action 'a war crime'
There is "strong evidence" Israel committed war crimes in Gaza after a soldier was captured by Hamas in last year's war, Amnesty International says.
Kurds decry Turkish 'safe zone' move
A "safe zone" Turkey and the US are creating in Syria is Ankara's attempt to stop Kurds from forming their own territory, a pro-Kurdish party leader says.
Platini confirms Fifa presidency bid
Michel Platini says Fifa needs to "turn over a new leaf" after confirming he will be a candidate to be the next president.
Man dies as hundreds target tunnel
A man has been killed as at least 1,500 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais on Tuesday night, French police say.
US fugitive caught after film role
A bank robber wanted for violating his probation is apprehended by US police after starring in a low-budget horror film using his own name.
Chinese shares end three-day slide
Shares in mainland China bounced back significantly as the government's moves to reassure investors restores some stability to the market.
'No border' for anti-Boko Haram army
A multinational force fighting Boko Haram militants in West Africa will be able to pursue them across borders, Nigeria says.
Taunts reignite AFL racism row
AFL star and Indigenous Australian Adam Goodes takes time off amid a row about "racist" booing, as the code again tries to tackle the issue.
Mexico dismiss Herrera as coach
Mexico sack coach Miguel Herrera after allegations that he punched a journalist two days after the country's Gold Cup win.
Swedish sub wreck dates 'from 1916'
The wreckage of a submarine found off the Swedish coast is probably that of a Russian vessel that dates back to World War One, Swedish Armed Forces say.
Swiss 'steal' French water for cows
French officials are angered by an unexpected visit from Swiss army helicopters searching for lake water for thirsty cows.
First English US founders identified
Scientists identify the remains of four English men who were among the early leaders of Virginia's Jamestown settlement - the first successful British colony.
US man 'regrets' killing African lion
American dentist Walter Palmer says he "regrets" killing a well-known lion in Zimbabwe and insists he thought it was legal.
Rio 2016 facing pollution challenge
Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics are facing a serious challenge to clean polluted waters for sailing and windsurfing events.
Peru rescues 'Shining Path slaves'
The Peruvian Army says it has rescued 39 people - most of them children - from a farm where Shining Path rebels kept them as slave workers.
Desmond Tutu returns to hospital
South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu returns to hospital a week after being discharged with a persistent infection.
Obama's warning to Africa on power
US President Barack Obama warns that Africa will not advance if its leaders try to cling to power, saying nobody should be president for life.
Court rejects Mumbai plotter plea
India's Supreme Court turns down a final plea for mercy by Yakub Memon, convicted in the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings, clearing the way for his execution.
Daughter used in 'paedophile ring'
An Australian man is one of eight men charged with 503 child sex offences against his 13-year-old daughter.
Disneyland Paris faces pricing probe
Disneyland Paris is facing a pricing probe following accusations that UK and German customers are being frozen out of promotions available in other European member states.
Germany seeks Balkan migrant curbs
German officials urge action to halt an influx of asylum seekers from the Balkans, including new visa rules.
US 'to release Israel spy Pollard'
Jonathan Pollard, jailed in the US for 30 years for spying for Israel, is to be freed on parole in November, his lawyers say.
Gaddafi's son sentenced to death
A court in Libya sentences Col Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.
Terrorists win segregation appeal
Two convicted terrorists who claimed their prison segregation was unlawful win their challenge at the UK's highest court.
Army job cuts made three years early
The number of British army personnel has been cut back by 20,000, three years ahead of target, according to statistics from the Ministry of Defence.
Barclays reports 25% rise in profits
Barclays bank reports a 25% rise in half-year profits to 3.1bn but has set aside another 850m for customer compensation - including further PPI claims.
VW warns of 'challenges' ahead
German carmaker Volkswagen reports a rise in quarterly results but warns of a number of 'challenges' ahead.
Amazon suggests airspace for drones
US online retailer Amazon calls for a separate airspace zone for commercial drone flights that could deliver goods to customers.
Benitez destroyed Inter - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho says Rafael Benitez "destroyed the best team in Europe" when the Spaniard replaced him at Inter Milan.
Brady 'damaged integrity' of NFL
New England Patriots' Tom Brady damaged "the integrity" of his sport, the NFL say following the 'Deflate-gate' investigation.
Wednesday's gossip column
Paris St-Germain bid 28.5m for Angel Di Maria, Tottenham target Ashley Young, Aston Villa close on Dimitar Berbatov, plus more.
Bookmakers suspend Bond song betting
A leading bookmaker is refusing to take bets on which artist will record the next James Bond theme song after one customer tried to place a 15,000 wager on Radiohead being selected.
Man Booker Prize announces longlist
The 13 books longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize are announced, with previous winner Anne Enright among those in contention.
Diane Keaton joins Vatican drama
Oscar-winner Diane Keaton will star opposite Jude Law in a new Sky drama about the Vatican.
VIDEO: New CCTV released in Sandra Bland case
Texas police release video footage of Sandra Bland in custody, showing her movements before she was found dead in her cell.
VIDEO: Who is Turkey targeting with air strikes?
Turkey has begun bombing targets in both Syria and Iraq, but they are not just bombing Islamic State fighters - they have also been targeting Kurdish militants.
VIDEO: Boy, 8, has double hand transplant
An eight-year-old boy in America becomes the youngest recipient of a double hand transplant.
VIDEO: Rory gets a Windows 10 crash course
Rory Cellan-Jones goes hands-on with Windows 10 and tries out some of the operating system's new features.
VIDEO: Human trafficking in 60 secs
The BBC looks at the extent of human trafficking across the globe.
VIDEO: The rise and fall of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
BBC News charts the rise and fall of Colonel Gaddafi's favourite son.
VIDEO: US hunter 'regrets' killing Cecil
US dentist Walter Palmer, who killed a lion in Zimbabwe, says he regrets shooting the animal.
VIDEO: How migrants enter tunnel site
The BBC's Peter Whittlesea explains the route migrants take to gain access to the railway tracks that run through the Channel Tunnel.
What Obama's visit done for Africa
What has Obama's visit done for continent
The last Catholic priest in Antarctica
The story of the last Catholic priest in the Antarctic
Human trafficking: Lives for sale
Four women tell how they were duped by traffickers
Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market
Have the 'water mafia' taken over Delhi's supplies?
Who is shooting at whom in Syria?
Who is shooting at whom in Syria?
In court as Gaddafi's son sentenced to death
Inside Tripoli court as Gaddafi's son is sentenced to death