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Israel agrees to free a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 55 days and is thought to be in serious condition, officials say.
A Japanese cat, who became a national celebrity when she was made a station master, is mourned at the station where she served.
Photographer Kate Holt followed teams of local eye doctors in villages near Khartoum in Sudan to see their work in the fight against infectious disease.
There are growing expectations that China will soon give details of its climate action plan - a key milestone towards UN climate talks at the end of the year.
The relationship between Germany and the US has been through a rocky patch, says Jenny Hill - but it will endure.
A final deal over Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at defusing the international crisis, but for Israel the Islamic republic remains the number one threat, says the BBC's Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem
In the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others, but almost everyone can learn to develop empathy.
Australian politicians at both state and federal level have been infiltrated by the Calabrian mafia, according to an investigation by Fairfax Media-Four Corners.
Dancing and riding to the unique music of zydeco
What, if anything, should social networks do about it?
Turning Wimbledon champ Kvitova into a global brand
Most people wouldn't remove their clothes in public, but for some it's a way of life. Mark Haskell Smith overcame his nerves and spent a year immersing himself in the world of nudism.
Justin Gatlin becomes the fifth-fastest 200m runner in history as he wins Sunday's final at the American Athletics Championships.
The gunman who killed 38 at a beach near the Tunisian city of Sousse had help, officials say, as security is stepped up at tourist sites.
Fergal Keane travels to the hometown of Seifeddine Rezgui to see what could have turned the student into a killer.
Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, has died at the age of 67, his bandmates say.
Greek banks are to remain closed and capital controls will be imposed, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says.
Chile's Gonzalo Jara is banned for three matches for appearing to poke his finger against Edinson Cavani's backside.
England defender Lucy Bronze says the team have no fears about facing reigning world champions Japan in Wednesday's semi-final.
Jeremy Clarkson says he's "so sad and sorry it's ended like this" after the final episode of Top Gear to feature him was shown on BBC Two.