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China jails four more activists linked to the Xu Zhiyong-founded New Citizens' Movement, which seeks government transparency.
Six people are reported to have been killed after an early-morning avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest.
President Obama says it remains to be seen whether Russia will honour a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, reached at multi-party talks in Geneva.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso welcomes his new team principal to Formula 1 by setting the pace in first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.
The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off his re-election campaign at an event his brother calls "history in the making".
Easter Island struggles to cope with tourist influx
A UK-based group of non-resident Indians is campaigning to persuade the Indian government to implement a system of absentee balloting.
Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.
The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity.
Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.
The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, dies in Mexico aged 87, his family says.
Why cannabis smokers love the number 420
What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?
England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 270 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.
After 20 years, Alfa Romeo returns to the US
Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, in keeping with a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.