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Fifa chief downplays US indictment
Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter plays down US criminal proceedings launched against officials of world football's governing body.
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.
Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone'
A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a major trial shows.
Nigeria's Boko Haram hit Maiduguri
Boho Haram militants kill least 13 people in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, just after Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as president.
Strong earthquake strikes off Japan
A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.
Syria 'barrel bomb strikes kill 71'
At least 71 people have been killed in Syria's northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters, activists say.
Silk Road drug site founder jailed
Ross Ulbricht, the founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk Road, is sentenced to life in prison.
Saved by the Bell actor convicted
Former Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond is convicted of two charges after a bar fight on Christmas Day - but cleared of a more serious claim.
Pakistan hosts match despite attack
Pakistan will host a third and final one-day cricket international against Zimbabwe despite a deadly bomb attack near the venue of Friday's game, officials say.
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.
VIDEO: Cuba removed from US terrorism list
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
VIDEO: Blatter asked if Fifa is 'rotten'
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has responded to questions about the arrests of Fifa officials under an American anti-corruption warrant.
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: One World Observatory opens to public
The observation deck at the top of the One World Trade Centre has opened to the public.
VIDEO: Lung cancer therapy hope for patients
A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a "milestone" trial shows.
VIDEO: Napoleon's life in Lego for anniversary
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is to be marked with an exhibition in the Belgian town of Waterloo.
VIDEO: Nigeria's historic presidential win
Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as Nigeria's president, promising to bring "increased prosperity" to Africa's most populous country.
VIDEO: Face 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.
Cameron's EU tour: Mission accomplished?
The BBC's Katya Adler looks whether British PM David Cameron's "whistle-stop tour" of the EU to push for changes in the 28-member bloc was a success.
Business interests propel change in China's global role
The rising number of Chinese nationals working abroad is causing Beijing to adapt its foreign policy in order to protect them, says Jonathan Marcus.
Is O'Malley just a Clinton back-up plan?
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is set to announce a presidential bid on Saturday. Could he challenge Hillary Clinton, or is he consigned to being his party's unlikely plan B.
Q&A: World Heritage In Danger List
What is Unesco's World Heritage In Danger List and why should we care about it?
How do US black students do at school?
Are black children reaching their full potential at US schools - and if not, why not?
Why the Americans took on Fifa
America doesn't even like football, they say, so why does it want to clean it up for the world?
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.
Porn, adware found on FBI web domain
Porn and adwarehave briefly taken over several web domains formerly owned by the FBI and used them to direct people to adware and malware sites.
Encryption 'key to free speech'
Encryption software that makes it hard to spy on what people do and say online is "essential" for free speech, says a UN report.
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.
Drones take whale survey to the sky
Scientists are using drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California.
Barrier Reef spared 'danger' listing
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on the World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.
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.
Cook breaks England Test run record
Alastair Cook passes Graham Gooch's tally of 8,900 runs to become England's leading scorer in Test history.
Ex-England captain Ferdinand retires
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand brings an end to his career days after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
Pilgrimage to the mountains
Photographer Timothy Allen climbs high into the Peruvian Andes for Qoyllur Rit'i - the Snow Star Festival.
A symbol of holding out
A shabby old shop that became an architectural landmark has evaded the bulldozer.
Musical glass skywalk opens in China
Visitors can play 70 musical notes on cliff-side path.
Slovak radios face native music quota
Government wants radio stations to play more Slovak songs.
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.
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.
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.
Venezuela blocks ex-presidents' visit
Venezuela has blocked two ex-presidents from visiting opposition leaders jailed on charges of inciting violence against the government.
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.
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.
Corrie stars hail 'loveable' Kirkbride
Stars pay tribute to "loveable and funny" Anne Kirkbride - during a memorial service for the Coronation Street actress at Manchester Cathedral.
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.
Boy in court over knife murders
A 16-year-old boy appears in court charged with the murders of a man and woman in Colchester.
British hotelier 'murdered' in India
A man confesses to murdering Ranjit Power, a Wolverhampton businessman who went missing three weeks ago in India, police say.
In pictures: Edinburgh Fringe poster contest
Who won? The official poster for the 2015 festival
Eurovision Song Contest: In pictures
Party time at the 60th song contest in Vienna
In pictures: Inside an Indian high court
Rare access - an Indian high court at work
Fish, fruit and veg in S Korea's markets
Ben Weller has been taking pictures of South Korea's markets
Your pictures: Looking in
Readers' images on the theme of looking in
Week in pictures: 16-22 May 2015
From around the world - 16-22 May
In pictures: Women of Hargeisa
Alison Baskerville's photos of women in Somaliland
Toy soldiers at war
The 40 year conflict that remains unresolved
Jack Warner: 'Mandela and Gandhi made jail too'
Arrested Fifa executive likens himself to Mandela and Gandhi
10 things we didn't know last week
When's the worst time to drink coffee?
The battle between the veil and the miniskirt
The campaigns duelling over women's clothing
The elusive element that can make bones glow
The elusive element that can make body parts glow
When lawmakers were caught napping
The photos that got Burmese journalists into hot water
Nigerian walks 750km to meet President Buhari
The man who walked 750km to meet his president