The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Britain to provide military training to "Syrian moderate opposition forces", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says
Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of adult drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not direct its planned two sequels.
Easyjet raises its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price.
Asian shares fall as investors are rattled by weak US economic data and a sharp sell-off in technology shares on Wall Street.
Lance Armstrong should avoid "ambushing" the Tour de France by taking part in a charity ride, says a Wada chief.
Bale to remain in Spain, Liverpool and Manchester United target Barca defender, plus more.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso is cleared by doctors to return to racing for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
At least 14 workers are killed and about 30 are injured when scaffolding collapses at a building site in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province.
Flash floods in one of the driest regions in the world - Chile's Atacama desert - leave two people dead and 24 missing, officials say.
An Australian man jailed for the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher is convicted of three more rapes, officials reveal.
A retired police chief from China's autonomous Inner Mongolia region is formally arrested on suspicion of murder, state media report.
Sixty-five students and activists have appeared in court in connection with the violent end to a demonstration two weeks ago in Myanmar.
Preston tops a league table of the UK's "unhealthiest High Streets" according to the Royal Society for Public Health.
At least one person is killed and several others are injured after a tornado roared through the city of Tulsa in the US state of Oklahoma.
A video of Inkster police officers brutally beating a man has been causing outrage in the US.
Protesters in the US state of Michigan demand that two white two policemen be fired after a video aired showing them beating a black suspect.
The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland.
Afghan lynching triggers one man's guilt
Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militant groups during last summer's conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says.
The UK's tax authority has been accused by MPs of failing to properly monitor the system of tax reliefs.