The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Picasso's Women of Algiers becomes the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie's in New York.
Members of Berlin Philharmonic orchestra are unable to agree on who should be their next chief conductor.
A public holiday's been held in Liberia to celebrate the country being declared free of Ebola.
Cyprus peace talks are to resume on Friday, the UN announces after a meeting between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot leaders.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has warned the El Nino weather phenomenon could pack a punch this year after declaring its onset in the tropical Pacific. Chris Fawkes explains.
Sri Lanka becomes the first nation to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests, using a model that conservationists hope other nations will adopt.
Indonesia says it turned away a boat carrying hundreds of migrants believed to be from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Security has been tightened in Baghdad to protect the many Shia Muslims who are converging on the capital.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will appeal against the four-game ban issued to him over under-inflated balls.
Kevin Pietersen is told he will not be recalled by England despite a career-best 326 not out for Surrey.
Asian shares experience mixed fortunes as global markets remain nervous over the prospects for a deal on Greece's debts.
The government sells another tranche of shares in taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group, reducing its stake in the bank to below 20%.
The Philippines military chief visits a South China Sea island at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, vowing to help boost tourism.
German consumer goods giant Henkel is buying Colgate-Palmolive's laundry brands in Australia and New Zealand for €220m ($245m; £157m).