The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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The UN's top human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka amid concerns that the country's president is backtracking on promises to investigate war crimes.
The mayor of Los Angeles comes up with novel way of warning residents about a major traffic closure: singing a slow jam.
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.
Russians take a view on BBC's version of Tolstoy
Bhutan's King Jigme Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema have their first child, who becomes crown prince of the remote Himalayan kingdom.
North Korea reportedly advances the date of its controversial "satellite" launch suspected to be a cover for weapons testing
Rescuers search for trapped survivors after an earthquake topples buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people.
A large construction crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing one person and injuring at least two others.
An Indian airline has suspended five crew members who let a Bollywood star sing over its public address system.
An earthquake has toppled a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, with rescue teams trying to reach people trapped in rubble.
The Pentagon releases nearly 200 photographs linked to allegations of abuse by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.
A 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti has become the highest priced car sold in euros.
Fierce clashes are reported near the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, as thousands of refugees stream to the Turkish border.
A hungry sea lion pup is rescued after finding its way into a restaurant in the US city of San Diego.
How Natalia's confidence was rebuilt after an acid attack
Survivor thanks soldier who saved her from beach attack
Protesters in Haiti beat a man to death in a clash with former soldiers amid political uncertainty after an election is postponed.
The Rajapaksa family's crashing fall from grace in Sri Lanka
French prosecutors are investigating at least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift Calais camp called the Jungle, the BBC understands.
An earthquake has toppled a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan.