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At least nine people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK.
The world's oldest person, Japan's Misao Okawa, dies from heart failure at the age of 117.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said the election victory in Israel by Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party will lead to 'more extremism'.
The scale of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is leading to "serious questions" on its intentions, a top US official says.
Barbara Plett Usher reports on Saudi Arabia's attempts to stop its citizens joining Islamic State abroad, and asks whether it should be looking closer to home.
A New Zealand court finds Mark Lundy guilty for a second time of murdering his wife and daughter, after his first conviction was thrown out.
A Palestinian man says he was 'tricked' into selling a mural by the artist, Banksy, that is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A body has been found at the home of Andrew Getty, the grandson of John Paul Getty and heir to the family fortune.
The political leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, tells the BBC the results of Israel's elections will diminish hopes for peace.
Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria's presidential poll, in the country's first ever election victory by the opposition.
Conchita Wurst says the moment people stop talking about sexual orientation will be when there is equality in the LGBT community.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will remain in jail for sodomy after a request for a royal pardon is turned down.
The US state of Arkansas approves a religious freedom bill similar to one that caused a storm of protest in Indiana from gay rights supporters.
Activity in China's vast manufactory sector picked up unexpectedly in March, according to the official government survey.
Turkish security forces storm a courthouse in which a prosecutor was being held hostage by members of an outlawed Marxist group.
The woman saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Could you make the right choices if escaping the war?
How the people of Bengal faced starvation during WW2
Natalia Antelava meets a woman living in an abandoned apartment block in the suburbs of Donetsk.
Human rights group Amnesty International says there was an "alarming" increase in death sentences in 2014, with almost 500 more issued than in 2013.