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A North Korean defector to the South says he has flown thousands of copies of controversial comedy The Interview over the border by balloon.
Japan's shares close in on a 15-year high after the Bank of Japan maintained its asset purchase program in an effort to boost the economy.
Shaimaa Khalil returns to Lahore one month after a suicide attack on churches there to see how Pakistan's Christian community is coping.
Australia's government establishes a national taskforce to tackle the growing use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice.
A study of blind crustaceans living in deep, dark caves shows that evolution is rapidly withering the visual parts of their brain.
More than 100,000 people a year who are dying from terminal illness are not getting the palliative care they would benefit from, says a damning new report.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives in Moscow for talks, as his country remains under pressure over its international bailout.
Photographer Ed Thompson work with infrared film to show the world in a new light.
Ahead of what would be an historic meeting between the US and Cuban presidents, are these warmer relations a betrayal of the island's revolutionary past?
What does the so-called Islamic State want and expect from the Western women who are drawn towards it?
Tens of millions of users who visit Google sites use a browser loaded with malicious add-ons, research suggests.
A new report suggests that India's railways need a bracing injection of competition, but will the government relent?
A white South Carolina police officer is charged with murder over the shooting death of a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him.
Two men were rescued by the RNLI when an oar for their homemade boat broke.
A three-week strike at Radio France is highlighting the excesses of the public sector in the country, says Hugh Schofield.
Natalia Antelava investigates the story of a 10-year-old girl reported killed in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine - and is reminded that truth is the first casualty of war.
Amazon tribal chief takes fight to the big city
BBC reporter finds little mercy for sick Syrian child refugee
Fed up with the government and violent drug cartels, ordinary people in Mexico are organising on Facebook in order to locate the bodies of their missing relatives.
Pupils in England with poor Sats test results at the end of primary school will face a resit in secondary school if the Tories form the next government.