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Cameroon says 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese workers and a politician's wife, held by suspected Boko Haram militants have been freed.
Hundreds of protesters attend the first march of a series of demonstrations in St Louis against police shootings.
Nigel Farage campaigns in Rochester and Strood, as the main political parties consider their response to UKIP's victory in the Clacton by-election.
Iraqi officials in western Anbar province make an urgent appeal for military help, saying the area could fall to Islamic State militants "in days".
A Chinese court passes sentence on five cult members who beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province in May.
Learning magic tricks gives stroke survivors a great opportunity to be more independent and to show off their new talents to relatives and friends.
The executive producer of the BBC's Top Gear defends the show following reports its crew had to flee Argentina because of a number plate "stunt".
A national exercise involving health professional, emergency workers and government minister is to test how the UK would deal with an Ebola outbreak.
In Cuba, young children are learning circus skills with a view to becoming professional performers.
At least nine people die in a boat accident in Guinea, with at least 30 people still missing, officials and residents say.
Turning the Shaolin warrior monks into a global brand
In Belgium a comics museum, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is planning an expansion.
Police in a small Alaska town mistakenly tell a couple their son has been killed in a car accident, leading to a joyous scene just hours later.
MPs are to vote on a backbench Commons motion that will call on the UK government to recognise Palestine as a state.
The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of an almost empty reservoir.
Soutik Biswas looks at how Indian Ocean cyclone got its name
Kurdish troops need advanced weapons to defeat Islamic State
Is this the man with the world's most dangerous job?
How Cuba's athletes are trying to recapture past glory days
Councils in England and Wales should gain new powers to impose on-the-spot fines to tackle fly-tipping, the Local Government Association says.