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Are there really 21 million slaves worldwide?
Libyan officials say they have taken control of a North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a port occupied by rebel forces.
Andy Murray survives a scare to beat Czech youngster Jiri Vesely in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
An American woman who killed her three children in Edinburgh is found dead in a secure hospital in Nottinghamshire.
Shares of some of the world's biggest mining companies are hit by a slump in the price of iron ore, amid fears of a Chinese economic slowdown.
China urges Malaysia to "step up its efforts" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared on Saturday.
A group of Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula have arrived back in Damascus.
About 150 people are on the fourth day of a hunger strike at an immigration detention centre in the US state of Washington, officials say.
BBC correspondents gauge strength of feeling against Qatar
Why astrology is still big business in India
Nato announces it will deploy Awacs reconnaissance planes in Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis in Ukraine.
Electoral authorities in El Salvador order a recall of all votes in the presidential election and urge both candidates to refrain from claiming victory until final results are published.
The first great white shark seen to cross the Atlantic may be pregnant, the head of the expedition tracking it says.
The US Supreme Court rejects an appeal which sought to ban students in Pennsylvania from wearing controversial breast cancer awareness bracelets.
American writer George Saunders is named the first winner of the Folio Prize for his "darkly playful" short stories, Tenth of December.
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian man who tried to grab one of their rifles at a border crossing with Jordan, Israeli officials say.
Security officials in Mexico announce that they have killed Nazario Moreno, a drug lord who was reported to have been shot dead three years ago.
The former deputy speaker of the House of Commons sexually abused young men in Parliament and at the Conservative Party conference, a court hears.
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden portrays a bleak future for the internet as he speaks via video link to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Cyprus' central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades, steps down following a turbulent relationship with the country's government.