US to open direct Taliban talks
The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban after more than 10 years of war in Afghanistan, senior White House officials announce.
G8 backs urgent Syria peace talks
G8 leaders back calls for Syrian peace talks to be held in Geneva "as soon as possible", without mentioning the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.
Brazil president 'proud' of protests
Dilma Rousseff says she is proud so many people are fighting for a better country, in her first public comments since mass protests on Monday.
Mali signs peace deal with Tuareg
Mali's government signs a peace deal with Tuareg rebels to end conflict in the north in the run-up to elections next month.
Pakistan funeral bomb kills 28
At least 27 people, including a lawmaker linked to Imran Khan's PTI, are killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral in north-west Pakistan, officials say.
Italy school bomber gets life term
An Italian court sentences to life in prison a man who carried out a school bomb attack in 2012, which killed a teenage girl and injured nine others.
Jolie double in US phone hack claim
A former stunt double for Angelina Jolie sues News Corp in the US, accusing the company of hacking into her phone to gain information about the star.
Montreal mayor resigns after arrest
Montreal's Mayor Michael Applebaum resigns, a day after his arrest on 14 fraud charges, the latest scandal to hit Canadian local politics.
Swiss bill on bank secrecy rebuffed
The lower house of Switzerland's parliament refuses to discuss a bill that would allow Swiss banks to pass client information to the US tax authorities.
Chrysler agrees to recall 2.7m Jeeps
Chrysler agrees to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that could be at risk of fuel tank fires, after initially refusing a US government request to do so.
'Standing man' leads Turkish protest
A Turkish protester dubbed the "standing man" leads a vigil on Istanbul's Taksim Square days after the authorities evicted demonstrators.
Vietnamese crew held in Philippines
Eighteen Vietnamese crew members are detained after their cargo ship allegedly hit a coral reef in the central Philippines, the coastguard says.
Huawei unveils 'slimmest' smartphone
Huawei unveils the world's slimmest smartphone saying the handset will work "miracles" for its brand.
Pictures: Wacky dog grooming designs
Sharks, tigers and robots on display at US dog grooming contest
Father urges NSA leaker: 'Come home'
The father of ex-CIA document leaker Edward Snowden, who is in hiding in Hong Kong, urges his son not to commit "treason" and to face justice.
Deloitte gets one-year New York ban
Deloitte is suspended for one year from doing consulting work in New York after regulators criticised its work at Standard Chartered on anti-money laundering issues.
Chile to extradite Argentine judge
The Chilean Supreme Court approves the extradition of former Argentine judge Otilio Romano, accused of human rights abuses under the military government.
Arrest in US football dribbler death
An Oregon motorist suspected of fatally running down a US man on a quest to dribble a football from Seattle to Brazil for charity is arrested.
General condemns Uganda 'monarchy'
Ugandan General David Sejusa accuses President Yoweri Museveni of trying to cling to power through a "political monarchy", in his first broadcast interview since fleeing to the UK.
Ethiopia FA admits ineligible player
The president of the Ethiopia FA, Sahilu Gebremariam, admits his side fielded an ineligible player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
China in carbon trading experiment
China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, is to launch its first carbon trading scheme as a pilot project in Shenzhen.
Northern India flood toll rises
The death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain in northern India rises to 70, media reports say.
G8 leaders agree deal on tax evasion
Leaders of the G8 major economies agree plan to clamp down on money launderers, illegal tax evaders and corporate tax avoiders.
Russian Duma backs gay adoption ban
MPs in Moscow back a bill banning adoption of Russian orphans by foreign gay couples and by foreign singles from countries allowing gay marriage.
Deadly bomb attacks hit Baghdad
At least 31 people are killed in a double suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Auditors criticise EU aid for Egypt
European auditors say much of the 1bn euros of EU aid for Egypt in the past seven years has had little or no impact.
Minister hails 'web porn' progress
Ministers say agreements reached with internet firms will lead to a "fundamental change" in how images of child abuse are dealt with online.
Dawn Approach wins at Royal Ascot
Dawn Approach beats Toronado in a photo finish to win the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening day at Royal Ascot.
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EU car sales hit 20-year low for May
New car sales across Europe fell to their lowest level in two decades in May as the deepening recession hurt demand.
Protests spread throughout Brazil
As many as 200,000 people march through Brazil's biggest cities, as protests over public transport costs and the expense of the World Cup spread.
Lacklustre Lions lose to Brumbies
The British and Irish Lions lose their 100% record as the Brumbies record a close run 14-12 win over the midweek team.
Italy U21 2-4 Spain U21
Thiago Alcantara grabs a first-half hat-trick as Spain outclass Italy to retain the European Under-21 Championship in Israel.
Campbell-Brown given provisional ban
Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica is provisionally banned from competition after testing positive for a banned substance.
Broadway buoyed by Tony success
Eleven Broadway shows enjoy their most profitable week to date, with some earning more then $1m (£640,000) following success at the Tony Awards.
Jackson promoters 'inappropriate'
AEG's dealings with Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray were 'highly inappropriate', a music industry experts tells a US court.
Assault caution for Charles Saatchi
Art collector Charles Saatchi is cautioned for assault after images of him grasping his wife, Nigella Lawson, by the neck appeared in a newspaper.
VIDEO: G8 leaders line up for photo
World leaders meeting at the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland have posed for the traditional ''family photo.''
VIDEO: Protests spread throughout Brazil
Tens of thousands of people have marched through Sao Paulo as protests spread across the country over rising public transport prices and the cost of staging the 2014 World Cup.
VIDEO: Lebanese families drawn into Syrian conflict
As the Syrian conflict fans the flames of Sunni-Shia tensions in the wider Middle East, BBC Newsnight's Tim Whewell meets families in Lebanon already drawn into both sides of their neighbour's war.
VIDEO: US and Taliban to hold peace talks
The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced.
VIDEO: Barbra Streisand receives PhD
Barbra Streisand received an honorary doctorate of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
VIDEO: US and Cuba hold direct mail talks
Cuban and US officials hold talks about resuming direct mail services following a 50 year postal ban between the two countries.
VIDEO: Greek court orders TV back on air
A Greek court has ordered that state broadcaster ERT, which was shut down by the government last week, can resume transmissions soon.
VIDEO: Seven guilty of killing Dutch linesman
Six teenagers and one of their fathers have been found guilty of kicking a linesman to death in the Netherlands.
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Does a child die of hunger every 10 seconds?
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Africa rising - but who benefits?
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Yemen's Houthi rebels defy years of war and repression
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