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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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