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Lottery fever sweeps America as a nationwide jackpot rockets to $636m (£390m) - the second-largest in US history.
Police in northern Tanzania raid a ceremony where girls were subjected to female genital mutilation in defiance of the law, an official tells the BBC.
European scientists say that exposure to some neonicotinoid pesticides could impact the developing human nervous system.
Ten senior political figures, including the former finance minister, are arrested in South Sudan after an attempted coup, the government says.
Aleppo hospitals are overwhelmed after a wave of recent air strikes killed more than 100 and left many more injured, Medecins Sans Frontieres says.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a media bill which journalist groups have condemned as "draconian" and an attack on democracy.
A writer has been hired to pen a sequel to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy by late author Stieg Larsson, its Swedish publishers have said.
UK doctor Abbas Khan's death in Syria is "at best extremely suspicious", says UK Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson
A majority-black Florida high school named after one of the first leaders of the Ku Klux Klan is to get a new title.
Two UK women caught trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru are sentenced to six years and eight months each in prison.
The former husband of popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed is sentenced to death for her murder last year.
A new report says UK fracking expansion will increase truck movements and water use, but that the environmental impacts will be "manageable".
A US budget bill passes a Senate procedural vote, all but assuring its approval this week and lowering the threat of a new government shutdown.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged by the Football Association over an alleged abusive hand gesture.
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki tells the BBC his country is doing "quite well" despite protests at a lack of progress since the Arab Spring.
A diplodocus skeleton that was sold at auction to an unnamed buyer was bought for the Natural History Museum of Denmark, it emerges.
An American businessman detained in Bolivia without charge for more than two years has escaped back to the US, officials in both countries say.
Researchers say that diamonds could exist in the one place on Earth where they haven't previously been found.
The Gulf state of Qatar creates a flag the size of 14 football pitches, breaking the world record, as part of festivities to mark its national day.
The family of missing Oxford teenager Jayden Parkinson are "living a nightmare", the detective leading the investigation for her says.