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US election: Bill Clinton backs 'best friend' Hillary to lead US

Former US president Bill Clinton argues why his wife and "best friend" Hillary should lead the nation, in a very personal speech at the Democratic convention.

French church attack: 'Priest killer' was being monitored

The suspected killer of a priest in a French church was being monitored by police and wearing a tag at the time of the attack, prosecutors say.

Rousseff will not attend Olympic ceremony in Rio de Janeiro

The suspended Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, says she will not attend the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

Apple sees iPhone sales drop again but beats forecasts

Apple reports a second consecutive quarter of falling iPhone sales, but the 15% drop was not as bad as analysts had feared.

Australian teen abused in detention speaks out

The Australian teenager who has become the face of a juvenile detention scandal has apologised for his actions.

Doping scandals reduce interest in Olympics, says BBC survey

Doping scandals have reduced public interest in the Olympics, according to a poll for the BBC World Service.

HK journalists jailed in China for 'illegal business'

Two journalists who worked on political magazines in Hong Kong are jailed in mainland China for running an illegal business.

Germany must address fears after attacks, says Bavaria governor

The governor of Bavaria urges the German government to address public concerns about security and immigration after a spate of terror attacks.

Congo star Koffi Olomide detained after 'kicking assault'

Musician Koffi Olomide is in custody in DR Congo, days after he was deported from Kenya for allegedly kicking one of his dancers.

Argentina announces new gender violence plan

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri announces a national plan to fight violence against women.

Rio 2016: Russian drug cheats will still be at Olympics, say whistleblowers

Russian drug cheats will still be competing at the Rio Olympic Games despite recent efforts to target them, whistleblowers tell the BBC.

US president's half-brother, Malik Obama, 'voting for Trump'

US President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump because he "comes across as a straightforward guy".

Bill on Hillary: 'I hope you'll elect her'

Former President Bill Clinton has taken to the stage at the Democratic convention to make the case for his wife to become America's first female president.

France church attack: Nun describes horror

A nun who was in a Rouen church when a priest was attacked tells of her fear when she saw the armed men.

Baghdad bomb site now a shrine to the dead

The site of one of the deadliest attacks to ever hit Iraq has been turned into a shrine to the dead.

CCTV 'shows Japanese knife attacker Satoshi Uematsu'

CCTV footage emerges of the Japanese knife attacker who killed 19 people.

The Syrian refugees in 'no man's land'

Aid agencies say urgent help is needed for more than 85,000 Syrian refugees stuck in "no-man's land" by their country's border with Jordan.

How to shear a sheep in 44 seconds

A farmer has broken a world record by shearing 731 sheep in nine hours - that's one sheep every 44 seconds.

Peruvian fishermen rescue baby whale from net

Fishermen in the Piura region of Peru have rescued an exhausted whale calf that had become trapped in a net.

The moment train shelter collapses in Chicago storm

Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a train shelter collapsed during a storm in Chicago.

Australian wins tropical island resort in raffle

An Australian couple decided to make their 16-room home on a tropical island the first prize in a raffle.

Man arrested for Timberlake 'slap'

An onlooker appears to touch Justin Timberlake's face as he walked through a crowd at a charity golf tournament in America.

Frank Gardner: What drives individuals to mass killing?

Counter-terror police are struggling to define a spate of recent attacks. Is there a common thread that can help prevent them in future, asks the BBC's Frank Gardner.

Are there any Trump links to Putin?

Is the Republican candidate for President too closely aligned with Russian president Vladimir Putin?

Germany attacks: What is going on?

What is going on in Germany and do the recent attacks herald a new era of insecurity?

Fishing for shrimp

Photographer Charles Fox documents the work of the Trapang Sangke fishing community in Cambodia.

Epic voyage

Images from different stages of Solar Impulse 2's round-the-world voyage to promote renewable energy.

Week in pictures: 16-22 July 2016

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Entertainment week

A look at some of the events in the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Steven Spielberg receiving a gold Blue Peter badge and Michelle Obama's Carpool Karaoke.

Top shots

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Roger Federer to miss Rio 2016 Olympics and rest of season with knee injury

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer will miss the Olympics and the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Gonzalo Higuain: Argentina striker joins Juventus from Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain joins Juventus from Napoli in the third most expensive transfer in history and the biggest domestic deal of all time.

Inderjeet Singh: Indian shot put champion blames positive drug test on conspiracy

Indian and Asian shot put champion Inderjeet Singh believes there is a conspiracy against him after he failed a drugs test.

One-dish wonders

The BBC's Vikas Pandey profiles five restaurants which have relied on one signature dish to become legendary among food lovers.

Politics, karate and cats

Martial arts was the theme of a book fair coming to a close in Hong Kong. But being the city it is, there had to be some politics on display, reports Tzu-Wei Liu of BBC Chinese.

'Martyr' family

A bereaved Turkish family feels both pride and grief for a father shot by rebel troops during the 15 July coup attempt, the BBC's Rengin Arslan reports.

Bedroom battleground

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers a dilemma over possible malaria prevention.

Duty to help?

The BBC's Will Grant reports from the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on how the issue of migrants and their precarious situation at the border is dividing some in the Catholic Church.

Born to run

In 2000, Agueda Amaral was the first East Timorese woman to compete at an Olympic Games.

'I am priest'

I am - Why the default hashtag to show empathy after tragic events has resurfaced online again following the killing of a priest in France.

Model mission

South Sudanese supermodel’s quest to build bridges between two worlds.

Height issues

A person's stature affects more than their health. Short and tall people face daily challenges from finding the right clothes, to fitting into plane seats.