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US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in east Ukraine.
Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have written a letter to the friends and family of the late musician.
The actress and her art consultant husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their second child together on Tuesday.
A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager is suing three more Hollywood executives, claiming they also molested him.
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
Australia approves the purchase of 58 new F-35 fighter jets worth 12.4bn Australian dollars ($11.5bn; £6.8bn).
Liverpool will hand boss Brendan Rodgers a significant summer transfer kitty following qualification for the Champions League.
General Motors asks a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over faulty ignition switches.
The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.
The South east Asian nation of Brunei postpones the introduction of tough Sharia criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.
A survivor of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week says he saw students trapped inside the vessel's cafeteria as it capsized.
Climbing on Mount Everest has come to a halt, four days after an avalanche killed 16 sherpa mountain guides.
A US prosecutor was the original target of a kidnapping plot that ended with her father being held captive for five days, officials say.
Yum Brands, the owner of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, reports an 18% jump in first quarter profit, helped by a rebound in sales in China.
The BBC's Nosheen Abbas reports on Pakistan's first 3G and 4G auction and the boost it may give to the nation's economy.
William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
Can voting bring respect to India's transgender people?
Keeping the trains on time in a little corner of Pakistan