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In the wake of uprisings in the Arab region since 2011, the street art movement has been gaining momentum employed as a means to address not only political issues, but also social problems in the society.
A renewed conscription drive in Eritrea has led to a sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing to Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency tells the BBC.
Detective drama Luther is making a comeback for two episodes, as part of a raft of new drama commissions on the BBC.
Police raid the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman suspected of poisoning her husband, as details of six ex-partners' deaths emerge.
Poachers have killed 1,020 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, officials say, despite a government push to protect the endangered species.
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Asian shares were mixed on Thursday after trade data from the world's third largest economy, Japan, showed that global demand was picking up.
British director Paul Greengrass, best known for action sequel The Bourne Ultimatum, is to bring George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four to the big screen.
Controversial Indian guru Rampal, who was arrested on Wednesday night after a week-long stand-off at his ashram in Haryana state, is remanded in custody until 28 November.
Taylor Swift becomes the first female singer to succeed herself at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 song chart.
Sir Mick Jagger has told the BBC about his new biopic on music legend James Brown, and how going on tour helped the Rolling Stones singer get over the loss of his partner L'Wren Scott.
Nine people are handed jail terms for corruption over 1996 Philippines night club fire in which 162 died, one of the world's worst such blazes.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is formally sworn in as Scotland's first minister in front of senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel joins Ferrari on a three-year deal as Fernando Alonso leaves the Italian team.
The Nigeria Football Federation accepts the blame for the champions' failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Three South African police officers are suspended for allegedly not helping a suspected thief who was beaten by a mob and later died.
Musician Billy Joel receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala in Washington DC, honouring his life's work in songwriting.
Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, arrest the parents of a woman who they say was killed for marrying against her family's wishes.
Privacy watchdogs are warning the public about a Russian website that provides links to breached baby monitors, webcams and CCTV feeds.
Expressions of hope through art by refugee children in Iraq