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A Bangladeshi cricketer asks to be allowed to return to the sport after being charged with torturing his 11-year-old maid.
A DNA test proves that two celebrated Spanish bullfighters known as 'El Cordobes' are father and son, a court hears.
China passes new regulations for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), state media say, amid criticism it is further cracking down on civil society.
A two-year-old boy has accidentally shot and killed his mother in the US city of Milwaukee, as Andy Moore reports.
A man is held in prison for seven months after failing to decrypt two hard drives that investigators suspect contain indecent images of children.
At least 14 patients and three doctors die in an air strike on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says.
Hundreds of mourners welcome the body of Papa Wemba, one Africa's best known singers, back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The film sending shockwaves through Pakistan
Nigeria's president orders the security forces to crack down on cattle raiders accused of killing hundreds of people this year.
German MPs debate new laws to give women more protection from sexual violence, after the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne caused outrage.
A German nuclear power plant has been found to be infected by several different computer viruses.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon criticises "restrictive" EU migrant policies in a speech to Austrian MPs, a day after they approved fresh curbs.
James Bond director Sam Mendes will head the jury at this year's Venice International Film Festival.
Twelve current and former Volkswagen managers will be paid about $71m for 2015 despite record losses.
North Korea fires a second test mid-range ballistic missile which crashed a few seconds after launch, say South Korean military officials.
Five Mexican security officials face torture charges after a video emerged showing them choking a woman by placing a plastic bag over her head.
Lego's decision to reject Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's request for a bulk order of its bricks last year was a "mistake", the toy company admits.
Japanese shares fell and the yen surged after the Bank of Japan decided against any extra monetary easing.
Donald Trump gives details of his foreign policy in a speech, a day after sweeping to a win in five US Republican primaries.
The campaign of US Democrat Bernie Sanders starts laying off staff members, after a series of losses to Hillary Clinton in key states.