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A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US.
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 22 people and injures more than 200 others.
Raila Odinga's advice to feuding Afghan rivals
CAR's leader faces a tough battle to unite a divided country
Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to begin on Friday morning, after 24 days of fighting between the two sides.
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America's long history of executions that go wrong
World War One battlefields, 100 years on
How an unknown runner won India's first Commonwealth gold
New data from the Pew Research center shows that children 12 and under are coming to the US in droves
The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says.
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
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The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.
Conservative MPs put pressure on David Cameron to take a more robust stance with Israel over its actions in Gaza.
The shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible", the White House says.
Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.
The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.