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A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.
A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.
Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.
Russia has launched a 'great war' that could claim tens of thousands of lives, Ukraine's defence ministry warns amid a rebel offensive.
Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.
The US military says it carried out a military operation against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in Somalia.
Japanese wages unexpectedly log their strongest increase since 1997, which may provide a boost to consumer confidence and spending.
The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.
China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute
Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m.
Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.
The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.
Anti-euro but pro-EU party shakes up German politics
Iraqi Shia and Kurdish forces capture an Islamic State stronghold, as a BBC team enters Amerli the day after a two-month siege ends.
Manchester United sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Arsenal sign Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck on a "long-term" deal for £16m.
Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway
A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support against protesters calling for his resignation.
The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.
The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant