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A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for severely abusing her Indonesian maid, in a case that sparked international concern.
Virginia becomes the second US state to agree compensation for people who were forcibly sterilised under eugenics programmes until the 1970s.
The widow of a UK aid worker killed by "Jihadi John", the masked IS militant identified as a man from London, tells the BBC she wants him caught alive.
One of the world's biggest listed winemakers, Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has returned to profit in the six months to December.
Ed Miliband is to say tuition fees have been a "disaster" and will set out Labour's plans to cut them by a third.
How Ghana has reversed the exodus of nurses
How a Brazilian politician was mocked online
BBC reporter witnesses racism in Russian football first-hand
Why 2015 may be the year for Colombia authors
Shares on Japan's main index were up on Friday morning due to a weaker yen against the US dollar and despite a raft of mostly disappointing economic figures.
Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?
The parents of 43 Mexican students who went missing five months ago in the town of Iguala lead a march in Mexico City to demand justice.
The NHS Trust boss responsible for Stoke Mandeville hospital is criticised for telling an MP Jimmy Savile was 'not given free access', the BBC learns.
A US intelligence assessment of security threats faced by the country highlights cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals.
AirAsia, one of Asia's most successful carriers, has posted its first net loss in two years, citing currency exchange losses and higher taxes.
Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?
A collection of rare objects, including a shield thought to have been picked up by Captain Cook in 1770, are set to return to Australia for the first time.
The film stars abducted by North Korea and forced to make movies
How an Israeli and an Iranian bonded over chamber music
A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.