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How anti-government protests in Venezuela have been spreading
The people who get upset when Ikea discontinues lines
As smog once again blankets Beijing, the BBC's Martin Patience looks at the impact on China's capital and its residents.
Germany's economic growth in the final three months of last year was largely driven by overseas trade, official statistics show.
Some film-makers are rejecting traditional cameras in favour of making movies on their mobile phones. Click's David Reed reports.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to star in To Walk the Clouds, a film adaptation of the documentary Man on Wire, about the man who tightrope-walked between the World Trade Centre towers in 1974.
A state governor from Venezuela's governing PSUV party, Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora, has criticised the use of force at peaceful demonstrations.
Russian police make nearly 500 arrests at opposition rallies in the country's two main cities, including several well-known protest figures.
Rebekah Brooks tells jurors she did not see a contract paying convicted phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire £92,000 a year when she was editor of the News of the World.
The likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next couple of months.
Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, warns humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres.
The US says it is "seeking clarification" over a report that Iraq has signed a deal with Iran to buy arms in violation of a UN embargo.
A resident of a Chinese city where smog levels regularly breach international standards tries to sue the local government to demand action.
Islamic militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria attack a school and shoot students, the military says.
The right to settle in Britain should be auctioned off to wealthy foreign investors, government advisers say.
Leaked recordings of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son allegedly discussing how to hide money are "totally false", his office says.
Michelle Fleury reports on how US retailers are changing to meet consumers' shifting habits.
How time on a psychiatric ward prepared him for Hollywood
Dan Aykroyd leads the tributes to fellow Ghostbusters co-writer and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69.
How Super Mario met ancient China and became an internet hit