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- 'New chapter' in US-Cuba ties
- The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.
- Farc rebels declare unilateral truce
- Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.
- Sony cancels The Interview release
- Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
- Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers
- A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
- Sharif vow to end Pakistan terrorism
- Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.
- Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'
- The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
- New York bans fracking due to risk
- Fracking, the controversial method of oil and gas development, will be banned in New York state after a report concludes the process poses "significant public health risks".
- Greece fails to elect new president
- The Greek parliament fails to elect a new president in the first round of voting, with the government's candidate 40 votes short of an outright win.
- EU leaders focus on investment boost
- EU leaders are to consider ways to unlock billions of euros of investment and policy on Russia, at a Brussels summit.
- Taliban kill 10 in Afghan bank raid
- Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.
- German road toll plan gets go-ahead
- The German government approves plans for a controversial road toll, including charging foreigners for using the Autobahn.
- Russia plans new action over rouble
- Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.
- Couples tango for Pope in Rome
- Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
- Squirrels are 'climate culprit'
- Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.
- Six-time 'killer' found dead in woods
- A body has been found in Pennsylvania woodland by police searching for a man suspected of killing six people in a shooting rampage.
- Jeb Bush to explore White House bid
- Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother and son of US presidents, takes a step towards a run on the White House in 2016.
- Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash
- At least 11 people are killed in a shoot-out between rival vigilante groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.
- Colombia to print Garcia Marquez notes
- The face of the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is to feature on Colombian bank notes, the country's lawmakers decide.
- S Leone houses searched for Ebola
- Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.
- Kenya blogger on president slur charge
- A popular and controversial Kenyan blogger is charged with undermining the presidency, following a tweet he posted earlier this week.
- I may be the last, says Dalai Lama
- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC that he realises he may be the last to hold the title.
- Abbott pledges Sydney attacker review
- Australian PM Tony Abbott announces a far-reaching review into how gunman Man Haron Monis claimed asylum, benefits and a gun licence.
- Fatal tourist balloon crash in Turkey
- A Chinese tourist is killed and nine other people, thought to be Chinese and Malaysian, are injured in a hot air balloon crash in Turkey.
- EU court takes Hamas off terror list
- A European Union court annuls the bloc?s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist groups, but temporarily maintains a funding freeze.
- UK army murder claims 'were lies'
- Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
- Somalis seize Yemeni fishing boats
- Somaliland seizes more than 51 Yemeni boats and an Egyptian ship for fishing illegally in its waters, a Somaliland official tells the BBC.
- Church appoints first female bishop
- The first female bishop for the Church of England has been announced as vicar Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after the historic change to canon law.
- Car smoke ban 'to start in October'
- Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
- US stocks surge on Fed statement
- The US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates on hold and says it "can be patient" over any decision to raise them, sending stocks higher.
- Oil price forces new Nigeria budget
- The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.
- Apple halts Russian online sales
- Technology giant Apple says it cannot currently sell products online in Russia because the rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices.
- Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
- Liverpool secure a much-needed victory as Raheem Sterling scores twice in a League Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth.
- US coach banned for eight years
- American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.
- Armitage banned for abusing fans
- Toulon's Delon Armitage is banned for 12 weeks for using foul and abusive language towards Leicester Tigers fans.
- Bill Cosby will not face LA charges
- Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.
- Big Red Dog creator Bridwell dies
- US illustrator Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog books, dies at the age of 86.
- City of Angels returns to London
- Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.
- VIDEO: New footage shows Sydney cafe raid
- As new footage emerges of the Sydney cafe siege Australia's prime minister announces a review into how and why the attack happened.
- VIDEO: Pakistan attack 'darkest day of my life'
- BBC News speaks to Shah Jehan, a UK relative of two young boys who died in the Peshawar school attack.
- VIDEO: Why was Alan Gross jailed in Cuba?
- The US and Cuba have struck a prisoner swap deal that involves the release of American Alan Gross and three Cubans, US officials have announced.
- VIDEO: Clove price hits Tanzanian farmers
- Following dramatic price falls, clove farmers in Tanzania are calling for more government help to sustain a crop they have been farming for generations.
- VIDEO: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?
- BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response.
- VIDEO: Sony hackers threaten cinema attack
- Hackers who targeted Sony Pictures are threatening to attack cinemas showing the studio's latest film.
- VIDEO: Welby 'overwhelmed' by Ebola survivors
- The Archbishop of Canterbury says he is "overwhelmed" by the people he has met who have suffered from Ebola.
- VIDEO: Mass tango for Pope's birthday
- Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
- Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake
- Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
- A guide to the Sony Pictures hack
- A guide to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures
- Watch list questions over Sydney gunman
- Watch list questions over Sydney siege gunman
- The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war
- How everyday life continues despite Syrian civil war
- Erdogan battles 'parallel state' in Turkey
- Turkey's Erdogan in battle with 'parallel state'
- Made in Ghana, bass-ed in London
- Remixing Ghanaian rhythms for UK dance floors
- MEPs back Palestinian statehood bid
- European Parliament backs Palestinian bid for statehood
- Russian media note panic over rouble
- Bleak predictions in Russian media as currency plunges
- What's behind growing gun support in US?
- Why is support for guns rising in US as crime falls?
- Russians fear return to 1998 crisis
- Can Russia avoid economic disaster as rouble plunges?
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