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The BBC's Justin Rowlatt travelled to Teknaf on the southern coast of Bangladesh, from where hundreds of migrants begin the perilous journey across the Bay of Bengal.
Sepp Blatter refuses to resign as Fifa president and vows to stay to "restore trust" in the scandal-hit organisation.
Andy Murray beats Portugal's Joao Sousa in four sets to secure his place in the French Open third round.
The European Union suspends its election monitoring mission in Burundi amid political unrest over the president's third-term bid.
Scientists say they have discovered why Swiss cheese has holes in it: apparently, it is all down to how dirty buckets are when the milk is collected.
A 43-year-old woman who enslaved and abused her ex-boyfriend in her Paris flat for more than a year is jailed for 18 months.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he cannot be held responsible for the current corruption scandal but vows to work to earn back trust.
The US Department of Justice has charged 15 Chinese nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams.
South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay state money spent to upgrade his private home in Nkandla, the police minister says.
Former New York Governor George Pataki has entered contest for the Republican presidential nomination.
Venezuela and Russian oil giant Rosneft agree to invest $14bn (£9.2) in Venezuela's oil and gas sector, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says.
Rail workers in the RMT union are to hold 24-hour and 48-hour strikes next month, after rejecting a pay offer from Network Rail.
The Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, its being moved inland on Thursday to avoid falling into the Atlantic ocean.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter tells an emergency meeting he will not quit, amid growing political pressure over a corruption scandal.
The trader at the centre of the Libor rate-rigging trial offered his contact a "humongous deal" to keep the rate low, a court hears.
David Cameron will tell other leaders Britain will vote to leave the EU without major reforms, the UK foreign secretary says.
Islamic State militants killed 20 men at the ancient theatre at the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says.
President Vladimir Putin declares Russian troop losses in peacetime a state secret as the Kremlin continues to deny sending troops to Ukraine.
The BBC Trust rejects complaints over Top Gear's Patagonia special, in which a car number plate appeared to refer to the Falklands conflict.
Avago Technologies, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of semiconductors, is buying its California-based rival Broadcom for $37bn.