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A US appeal court rejects a ruling which had declared long delays on California's death row were "cruel" and "unconstitutional".
A new study finds that obesity rates among US adults are on the rise again after years of slow decline.
BBC Newsnight speaks to a maid from India, Kasturi Munirathinam, who alleges her employer in Saudi Arabia chopped off her arm.
Thousands of those seeking refuge in Europe come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but they face a perilous journey.
As the latest James Bond film, Spectre, opens in China, can the country's homegrown films hold on to the domestic market?
Four Air France employees are sacked following violent protests at the company's headquarters in October.
A man who has been arrested at least two dozen times in transit-related crimes is stopped again for allegedly trying to steal a coach.
The US government has proposed banning smoking in and around public housing, in order to protect residents' health and save on repair costs.
The United Nations Security Council passes a resolution asking the secretary-general to consider boosting the UN presence in Burundi, amid fears of a Rwandan-style genocide.
The Brazilian government fines the mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton for a dam burst at their jointly owned mine.
DNA analysis of a child mummy sheds light on the genetic history of the Inca civilisation.
Lord Coe is not to blame for the athletics' crisis and has not helped himself recently but he has the chance to help his sport, writes Dan Roan.
It is not only political and economic upheaval that forces many people to try and make the dangerous journey from Africa to Europe.
The 13 suspected members of a jihadist group arrested in raids across Europe were allegedly recruiting foreign fighters to be sent to Syria and Iraq.
Greek workers have staged their first general strike against austerity since January when Alexis Tsipras' Syriza government was elected.
Plans to get contraceptives to 120 million more women in the world's poorest countries are behind track, a report by campaigners and donors is warning.
In an unusual move, the founders of dark net Tor have accused the FBI of paying Carnegie Mellon university researchers to attack the network
Director Danny Boyle tells the BBC he is "disappointed" his new film Steve Jobs failed to attract a big audience in the US, after it was dropped from 2,000 cinemas.
Reaching a deal on David Cameron's EU renegotiation goals will be "very tough", says European Council President Donald Tusk.
Two nephews of Venezuela's First Lady, Celia Flores, are charged with drugs trafficking in a court in New York just weeks before legislative elections.