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A federal judge in California rules the death penalty is "dysfunctional" and violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
MP Andrew Mitchell has invested in a film-financing company that tax collectors say was a tax avoidance scheme, BBC Newsnight learns.
Women whose feet were bound in China
Will deal unravel as Afghan vote audit begins?
How young people have made an ancient ball game cool
The US increases sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, targeting major banks and energy companies, including Gazprombank and Rosneft.
Online retailer eBay reports profits of $676m during the period from March to June, beating analyst expectations after a 'challenging quarter'.
Is it so big it should be split into six states?
Israel announces it will observe a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, after nine days of deadly rocket and missile exchanges with militants.
Honda's Asimo robot has grown up - its latest upgrade gives it enhanced intelligence, added dexterity and the ability to run 5.6mph.
A woman alleged to be a prostitute pleads not guilty to injecting a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht.
A British cyber-jihadist is sentenced in a US court to 10-and-a half years' imprisonment after admitting terrorism offences.
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".
Apple agrees to pay as much as $400m to settle a lawsuit over accusations it colluded with publishers to fix e-books prices.
Nick Clegg admits primary schools may have "difficulties" in providing free meals for under-sevens, as councils and schools complain about the impact on their budgets.
The death toll from nine days of violence between Israel and Gaza militants passes 200, as four Palestinian children die in a strike on a beach.
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.
A judge ruled against a blogger because their restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.
A Swedish court decides to maintain an arrest warrant against fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault.