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US Secretary of State John Kerry warns China that the introduction of a drilling rig into seas disputed with Vietnam is "provocative".
For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, as Norway's Major General Kristin Lund is appointed to lead troops in Cyprus.
Heathrow and Gatwick airports both unveil revised expansion plans as they attempt to secure permission to build the UK's next runway.
The new recruits keeping birds away from Chinese planes
A top politician in northern Spain has been shot dead in public and two women have been arrested.
England boss Roy Hodgson admits there is an element of risk in his decision to overlook Ashley Cole for his World Cup squad.
Sumi Das tries an app which harnesses the power of IBM's supercomputer to help people with their shopping.
Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon painting goes back on public display at Tate Modern, 18 months after it was vandalised with graffiti.
Indian stock markets rise to a record high after exit polls suggest Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the general election.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) rejects Pakistan's claim that the UN was involved in the CIA's fake vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Pfizer's commitments to maintain research and jobs should it take over AstraZeneca have been dismissed as "vague".
Chinese authorities detain a man who posted "false stories" on a foreign news site, amid an ongoing clampdown as the Tiananmen anniversary looms.
China releases weaker-than-expected manufacturing data, reinforcing concerns the world's second-largest economy is losing steam.
BlackBerry launches a new low-cost phone "exclusively for Indonesia", one of the few markets where it is still a key player.
A top politician in Leon, Spain, is shot dead in public in what is thought to be "an act of vengeance", and two women are arrested.
At least 17 people died when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in waters between Libya and southern Italy, navy officials have said.
The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from Donetsk on the fears of some pro-unity residents if the city was to become a separate republic.
Imogen Foulkes has had a sneak preview of the jewels, in all kinds of shapes and colours, at Geneva's famous spring jewellery collections.
US President Barack Obama congratulates India on its marathon general election and pledges to work closely with the next government.