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A former prosecutor in the US state of Pennsylvania has says his decision not to charge actor Bill Cosby with sex crimes in 2005 is "binding".
Pedro Sanchez of the Spanish Socialists becomes the latest party leader to be asked to try to form a government, after December's inconclusive polls.
The EU unveils a draft deal on UK Prime Minister David Cameron's demands - potentially paving the way for a UK referendum in June.
How did the world wake up to the threat caused by the Zika virus, that health experts link to birth defects?
Thousands of people in the Pennsylvanian town of Punxsutawney have been celebrating Groundhog Day, alongside a groundhog who predicts when winter will end.
Part-dance and part-mime, the Kathakali dance originated in the Indian state of Kerala, around the same time as Shakespeare.
Kenyan police launch an investigation after a spate of attacks on Uber drivers in the capital, Nairobi.
Brazilian footballer Neymar is due to give evidence in a Spanish court over allegations of fraud surrounding his 2013 transfer to Barcelona.
North Korea has declared a plan to launch a satellite later this month, a UN agency says, in a move condemned by Washington.
Russian politician Mikhail Kasyanov accuses President Putin of "silently encouraging" intimidation as a row over a menacing video continues.
An Italian actor is in a coma in Pisa after a hanging scene went wrong on stage, resulting in his strangulation.
Zimbabwe's chief prosecutor is charged with obstructing the course of justice, accused of dropping a case involving an alleged plot to bomb the president's dairy.
The Pentagon is to propose quadrupling its budget for European defence in 2017 in the light of "Russian aggression", the US defence secretary says.
A passenger plane makes an emergency landing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, with a gaping hole in its fuselage.
Uganda's former intelligence chief, who is a strong critic of President Yoweri Museveni, is charged with insubordination at a military court.