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The world's biggest restaurant chain, McDonald's, will stop US purchases of chicken injected with antibiotics important to human medicine.
Two German nationals are sentenced to caning and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing.
Hillary Clinton responds to a growing controversy over her emails when she was a US secretary of state by urging officials to release them swiftly.
Scotland's World Cup hopes are ended by Bangladesh, despite Kyle Coetzer's record-breaking innings.
The 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of three rock 'n' roll stars, including Buddy Holly, could be investigated afresh by US transport safety experts.
The leader of the Zetas drugs cartel, notorious for its violence, has been arrested in Mexico by security forces.
People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.
The Congressional committee investigating the 2012 US Benghazi embassy attack subpoenas former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's emails.
China's Premier Li Keqiang unveils a lower growth target and vows tighter environmental controls as he opens parliament's annual session.
Australian PM Tony Abbott says the massive search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cannot "go on at this intensity forever".
The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.
China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.
The Smithsonian museum group in Washington DC has banned the fashionable photography aid, the selfie stick, to "protect visitors" in crowded conditions.
The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children, which could save £300m a year in the long term, BBC Newsnight learns.
Fifty years on from the march from Selma to Montgomery, civil rights activists maintain that many issues of equality remain unresolved.
Asian markets traded mostly lower on Thursday with the focus on China after the government set its official growth target at 7% for this year.
US Attorney General Eric Holder calls on police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, to take immediate action after finding widespread racial bias.
Many Chinese women are travelling to the US to give birth, a phenomenon known as maternity tourism.
Director tackles social issues in Ethiopia without shame
Party faithful start to question Venezuela's president