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Blatter condemns European 'hate'
Newly re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter condemns a "hate" campaign by European officials and says he was "shocked" by the comments of US prosecutors.
US demands China halt reclamations
The US calls for an "immediate halt" to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea, saying China is "out of step" with international rules.
Silk Road drug site founder jailed
Ross Ulbricht, the founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk Road, is sentenced to life in prison.
US discovers more anthrax shipments
The US military orders a review into how it handles anthrax, after discovering more cases of live anthrax sent to laboratories, including one in Australia.
Sarkozy renames French opposition
France's main opposition party, led by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, has changed its name from UMP to The Republicans, despite fierce opposition from critics.
Gunmen kill 19 in Pakistan bus raids
Gunmen in Pakistan's Balochistan province kill at least 19 passengers after taking over two Karachi-bound buses, officials say.
Italy rescues 3,300 boat migrants
Italy rescued a total of more than 3,300 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on Friday, the country's coastguard says.
Bomb attack at Saudi Arabia mosque
At least four people die in a bomb attack outside a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, only a week after more than 20 people were killed in a similar bombing.
Spain to host US rapid reaction force
Spain has agreed to host a US rapid reaction military force to deal with crises in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Germany 'hits global birth rate low'
A study says Germany's birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy.
Transplant man meets donor's sister
A woman, whose brother was killed in a car accident, has met the man who was given his face in a pioneering transplant operation.
Mine clearance starts in Colombia
The Colombian government and Farc guerrillas begin working together to clear landmines sown during 50 years of war.
Paris to cut love locks from bridges
Paris is to remove padlocks symbolically fastened to one of the French capital's main bridges by couples, after part of the Pont des Arts collapsed last year.
Swiss cheese hole origins solved
Scientists say they have discovered why Swiss cheese has holes in it: apparently, it is all down to how dirty buckets are when the milk is collected.
US removes Cuba from terror list
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terror, allowing the country to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities.
US gunman deemed 'legally sane'
A court-appointed psychiatrist has testified the gunman who carried out a 2012 attack on a Colorado cinema was mentally ill but "legally sane" when it happened.
Venezuela blocks ex-presidents' visit
Venezuela has blocked two ex-presidents from visiting opposition leaders jailed on charges of inciting violence against the government.
Newcastle release Gutierrez & Taylor
Newcastle United release long-serving pair Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor after their contracts expire at St James' Park.
Buhari promises change for Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as Nigeria's president in front of cheering crowds, promising to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and corruption.
IS militants 'seize Libyan airport'
Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.
More migrants rescued as Asean meets
Myanmar intercepts a boat of 700 migrants off its southern coast, as countries agree to try to tackle the crisis at a regional meeting in Bangkok.
India's economy surges by 7.5%
India's economy grows 7.5% in the three months to March, above expectations and outpacing China's economic expansion.
Merkel: I'll work with UK on EU change
Angela Merkel says she does not rule out future treaty changes as she promises to work "constructively" with the UK on EU reform.
Turkish paper probed on arms claims
Turkish prosecutors launch an investigation after a newspaper releases footage it says proves the security services sent arms to Syrian rebels.
Syria Islamists 'seize Idlib city'
An Islamist rebel coalition has seized one of the last cities in western Idlib province held by the Syrian government, activists say.
'Ten killed' by Baghdad car bombs
At least 10 people die in twin bomb attacks outside central Baghdad hotels, say Iraqi police
No 100 fine for late tax returns
People who have filed late tax returns are to be let off paying a 100 fine for missing the deadline, HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed.
'Blatter will have suffered a shock'
FA chairman Greg Dyke does not expect Sepp Blatter to remain as Fifa president after the Swiss won a fifth term in charge.
US economy shrank in first quarter
US economy contracts 0.7% after higher imports and lower investment taken into account.
Greek bank deposits at decade low
Greek bank deposits fall to their lowest level in more than 10 years as concerns persist over the country's debt burden and possible euro exit.
Fifa sponsors call for quick reform
Fifa sponsors say they want swift action to restore the football governing body's reputation as Sepp Blatter is re-elected president.
Khan claims points win over Algieri
Amir Khan says he wants to take on Floyd Mayweather next after beating Chris Algieri in Friday's welterweight bout.
England & Scotland set for Cup drama
The English FA and Scottish Cup finals on Saturday will see Arsenal face Aston Villa and Falkirk play Inverness CT.
England beaten in World Cup warm up
Sophie Schmidt scores a wonderful individual goal as England lose to Canada 1-0 in their final World Cup warm-up game.
Neverland ranch goes up for sale
Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch has gone up for sale for $100m, according to reports.
Jack Vettriano 'unable to paint'
Scottish artist Jack Vettriano announces he is giving up painting for the foreseeable future due to a recent accident.
Moroder working on disco stage musical
Musician and composer Giorgio Moroder is working on a new disco-themed stage musical, he tells the BBC.
VIDEO: US calls halt to land reclamation
The United States has called for an immediate and lasting halt to reclamation works by all claimants in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
VIDEO: How Sepp Blatter charmed Africa
Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of football's world governing body, despite widespread allegations of corruption at FIFA.
VIDEO: Inside Malaysia's migrant jungle camps
Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway went to migrant camps on Malaysia's border, where traffickers abused and killed Rohingya Muslims.
VIDEO: Cuba removed from US terrorism list
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
VIDEO: Great Barrier Reef 'must be protected'
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, but Australia must take steps to protect it, a United Nations draft report says.
VIDEO: Prince Ali thanks 'brave' supporters
Prince Ali has announced his withdrawal from the contest for Fifa president, thanking his supporters and wishing them "the best of luck for the future".
VIDEO: Warner: 'I have never taken a bribe'
A former Fifa vice-president, Jack Warner, who is one of those accused of accepting bribes in a corruption scandal, has told the BBC that he has never taken a bribe.
VIDEO: On the ground with Libyan forces
The BBC has been given rare access to the army that is allied to the internationally recognised government in Libya.
Jack Warner: 'Mandela and Gandhi made jail too'
Arrested Fifa executive likens himself to Mandela and Gandhi
The battle between the veil and the miniskirt
The campaigns duelling over women's clothing
When lawmakers were caught napping
The photos that got Burmese journalists into hot water
Pressure grows for gay marriage in Germany
Irish vote inspires German gay marriage cause
'Brazen cover-up' of Zuma's home upgrade
How South Africa's leader avoided his home upgrade bill
How good are Kim Jong-un's hackers?
How good are Kim Jong-un's elite hackers?