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US real estate website Zillow is set to offer Chinese buyers greater access to property in the US by partnering with Leju, a similar service in China.
Ferry services to and from the Port of Dover in Kent are severely disrupted by industrial action in France.
A woman is killed by a shark while swimming off a popular beach in Australia's New South Wales, officials say.
International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde calls for "brave action" to stop the global economy heading for "years of sub-par growth".
A 7.6 earthquake rocks northern Chile, a day after an 8.2 tremor killed six people, and forces the visiting president to evacuate.
Afghan voters to take on the Taliban in presidential vote
As Afghan forces struggle to provide security for Saturday's elections, UK troops are beginning to withdraw, leaving an uncertain future behind for Helmand.
Ahead of elections in Afghanistan, the BBC's Karen Allen interviews General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the former Afghan warlord who would be vice-president.
Shares in luxury retailer Prada plunge more than 8% after the firm warns that sluggish sales in Europe and a maturing China luxury market could hurt profits.
Leopard attacks become election issue in India
Nick Clegg says UKIP peddles "fantasies" but Nigel Farage accuses him of "lying" about the EU, as polls suggest the UKIP leader came out top in the ill-tempered TV debate.
Aerospace giant Boeing says it will cut 300 jobs in Australia, primarily fixed-term contractors, as its aircraft programmes mature.
A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19.