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El Salvador prepares to beatify Archbishop Oscar Romero, 35 years after his assassination - an event expected to draw large crowds.
Oscar Romero is celebrated in El Salvador but divisions remain
Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.
Authorities in Baghdad close a key bridge, stopping the flow of refugees fleeing the city of Ramadi captured by Islamic State militants this week.
Colombian Farc leftist rebel group suspends its unilateral ceasefire following army attack in which 26 fighters died.
At least 39 people are killed in a shoot-out on the border between the Mexican states of Michoacan and Jalisco.
Spain's political masters face bloody nose in regional battle
The Afghans who have made Kolkata their home
Does a death sentence always mean death?
The element that made the modern era gleam
The 'friendly' mother of six who killed herself in a hotel
A US cable network pulls a long running reality TV show over allegations of sexual abuse by one of its members.
The recent, dramatic gains by Islamic State fighters across Syria and Iraq are prompting fresh doubts over whether the coalition strategy to defeat them is working.
Hull face Manchester United looking to overhaul Newcastle and avoid relegation on the last day of the top-flight season.
Several days after Islamic State militants captured the city of Ramadi, Iraqis are now asking why their army was unable to protect them.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would not choose to leave the club but is prepared to manage another English side.
The Islamic State group says it was behind a deadly suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, apparently its first attack in the kingdom.
A high turnout is reported as polls close after the Republic of Ireland votes in a referendum on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Daron Dylon Wint, who had previously worked for the victims' family business, was captured late Thursday in Washington DC.