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At least 22 people are killed in explosions that hit the Iranian embassy in Beirut, in a stronghold of the Hezbollah militant movement.
The £3.3m sale of Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti sets a new record for the artist.
Beirut waits nervously for reaction to bombings
15 years after they last appeared on stage together the Monty Python team are reuniting.
The Syrian army takes control of the strategically important town of Qara near the Lebanese border, officials and rebels say.
Co-operative Group chairman Len Wardle resigns, saying "serious questions" have been raised by drugs claims against ex-banking chairman Paul Flowers.
The head of the main Shia political society in Bahrain tells the BBC that the opposition leadership is being systematically targeted by the state.
Ten Bosnian Serb war crimes convicts, including six who took part in the Srebrenica massacre, are freed from a Bosnian jail over procedural errors.
Ghana lose 2-1 to Egypt in the second leg of their World Cup play-off but make it to Brazil 7-3 on aggregate.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner reshuffles her economic team, in what is seen as a further move towards interventionism.
A Russian court grants bail to nine foreigners who were among 30 people arrested in an Arctic protest by Greenpeace.
Shareholders of Finnish phonemaker Nokia approve the sale of their mobile phone business to technology giant Microsoft.
Russian aviation experts say the pilots of a Boeing 737 jet that crashed in Kazan killing 50 carried out a manoeuvre that put the plane into a dive.
All of the surviving members of comedy legends Monty Python are to reform for a stage show, Terry Jones confirms.
The singer beats Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Coldplay in a Forbes Magazine list of the world's 25 highest-paid artists.
Famous Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld could appear in future 007 films now that a long-running legal dispute is settled.
Hundreds of police officers are continuing to search for a gunman who attacked the Paris head offices of a newspaper, critically wounding a photographer, and fired shots outside a bank.
Opponents and supporters of Egypt's military-backed administration clash on the second anniversary of bloody anti-government protests.
Trainer Gerard Butler faces a wait to learn his fate after an inquiry into horses testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.
Egypt's sports minister defends the punishment of two athletes who have openly expressed their support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.