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The nominees for this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, including James Acaster, Alex Horne and Sara Pascoe, are unveiled.
The BBC's Yalda Hakim met with people who have fled to a huge refugee camp near Dohuk.
Lifelong fan Pope Francis is presented with the Copa Libertadores trophy by players and officials of Argentine side San Lorenzo.
The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Twitter users saying no to graphic images of James Foley
Ukrainian government and rebel forces both claim control of a small town after fierce fighting, as fighting claims 34 civilian lives in a day.
Nine people are arrested by police in Austria on suspicion of planning to join Islamist militant groups in Syria.
A lawyer for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who is serving 10 years in jail for drugs convictions, says he has been granted a new appeal hearing.
Taxi firm Uber is trialling a same-day delivery service for more than 100 grocery goods in Washington DC.
The man regarded by many as the father of modern yoga, BKS Iyengar, has died, aged 95.
Actor Jackie Chan apologises over his son's arrest on drug-related charges, saying he feels "ashamed" as a public figure and "sad" as a father.
One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.
AC Milan deny talk of Liverpool bid for Balotelli, West Ham eye Man City duo and Jack Wilshere's double.
Hamas says militant chief Mohammed Deif is alive and leading its response to Israeli air strikes that killed 19 people in Gaza, including his wife and child.
President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh.
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line
Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been hit by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine amid the crisis in the region.
Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown.
A selection of images from around the world
Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is freed following a court order.