The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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The US National Weather Service says its forecasting is "subject to error", after predictions of a historic blizzard for New York City fell flat.
The blizzard which narrowly missed New York on Tuesday has instead dumped up to a metre of snow on New England in the US.
Indonesia's search and rescue agency chief says the hunt for victims of AirAsia QZ8501 could be called off if no more bodies are found soon.
Ikea, the world's biggest furniture retailer, reports flat profits for last year despite rising sales worldwide.
Two tanks are found in a warehouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, puzzling the authorities.
Welterweight greats Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather swap phone numbers at an NBA game in their first ever meeting.
Boxing champion Jermain Taylor will undergo a mental assessment after being arrested for two gun-related incidents.
Yahoo announces a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China's Alibaba Group and hand the business to its shareholders.
David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in Selma, says it's "ridiculous" to attack Benedict Cumberbatch for using the term "coloured" during an interview.
Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to Moscow, South Korean media reports, but Kim Jong-un is not mentioned by name.
Mexico's attorney general insists that 43 students who disappeared four months ago were killed and their bodies burnt and disposed of.
Australia's month-long detention of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea last year was legal, the High Court rules.
Unseeded Madison Keys beats Venus Williams to set up an Australian Open semi-final with top seed Serena Williams.
Islamic State are threatening to kill two more hostages, unless Jordan frees an Iraqi woman held there and sentenced to death after being accused of involvement in hotel bombings in Oman in 2005.
Australian PM Tony Abbott says he will consult more widely before announcing knights and dames, after criticism of his knighthood for Prince Philip.
Yemen's government collapse leaves country perilous future
The world is "dangerously unprepared" for future pandemics like the deadly Ebola outbreak, the president of the World Bank warns.
Shares in Electronic Arts jump almost 5% after the video games publisher reports stronger than expected results.
Jewish groups in Argentina boycott the government's Holocaust memorial, in protest at the investigation into the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Most detainees at the Australian-run Manus Island centre are not refugees and will soon be repatriated, says the PM of PNG, but campaigners dismiss the claim.