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A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.
Israel is "determined" to destroy all militant tunnels from Gaza "with or without a ceasefire", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants a total ban on them.
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90.
The DUP and Sinn Féin reach agreement over Stormont's quarterly budget after weeks of deadlock, the BBC understands.
Russian investigators to visit MH17 crash site as Ukraine suspends military operations in the east for a day
The Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention, a psychiatrist tells a national inquiry.
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone declares public health emergency, to quarantine epicentres of the disease
Facebook puts itself at forefront of push into Africa and Asia.
A woman whose racist rant caused shock in Australia is given a 12-month good behaviour bond after admitting offensive behaviour.
Firefighters save a "huge amount" of Eastbourne Pier after a devastating fire ripped through the Victorian structure leaving only its metal skeleton.
Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.
At least 19 bathers celebrating the Muslim Eid festival drown in rough seas off the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say.
Israel calls up 16,000 extra reserve soldiers as conflict in Gaza continues, amid criticism over a strike that killed 16 at a UN-run school.
A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany.
British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.
The government is to announce its choice for the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, the BBC understands.