The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Chewbacca from Star Wars takes a break from filming to pay a visit to a primary school in County Kerry.
As well as carrying out his official engagements, President Obama found time for less formal meetings during his visit in Vietnam.
US planes have been attacking targets of the so-called Islamic State group, as Iraqi government forces try to win back control of the city of Falluja.
A strike over new labour laws spreads to all of France's eight oil refineries, the CGT union says, in an escalating dispute with the government.
US presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have sharpened their attacks as they both turn their attention to the general election.
A state of emergency is called in the Nigerian state of Kaduna after 80% of tomatoes are reportedly destroyed by pests.
The father of a Lebanese soldier who was abducted and killed by jihadist militants takes revenge by killing the nephew of the man he holds responsible.
Twitter's chief executive explains why he is changing its restrictions on how long tweets are allowed to be.
French finance officials raid the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a €1.6bn tax fraud investigation.
Hard labour to make shea butter for beauty products
Egypt's forensics chief denies reports that an initial examination of the remains of victims of the EgyptAir crash points towards an explosion.
About 23,000 police will provide security for this year's Tour de France cycle race, with the country still facing threats from extremists.
Suspect reportedly turned to violent crime because of his paltry salary.
Greece has begun evacuating thousands of migrants from the makeshift Idomeni camp on its northern border with Macedonia.
A strategically significant Syrian airbase, used by Russia, appears to have been almost completely destroyed - according to new satellite imagery exclusively seen by the BBC. Stratfor analyst Sim Tack explains.
Swiss financial regulators open criminal proceedings against the country's BSI bank over links to the corruption investigation into Malaysia's 1MDB fund.
Hardline conservative Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is elected chairman of the Assembly of Experts, which selects Iran's supreme leader.
Wu Pinggui talks to the BBC after having an operation to transplant a pig's cornea into his eye.
A Burmese man who posted a poem on Facebook about having the ex-president's image tattooed on his penis is found guilty of online defamation.
A key minister in Brazil's new government steps aside after he was caught on tape allegedly conspiring to obstruct a major corruption probe.