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Wall Street opens higher but European shares continue suffer from pessimism over oil prices and economic growth.
Islamic State militants say they were behind a series of explosions and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital Jakarta that have left at least seven people dead.
A second aid convoy in a week reportedly enters the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, where people have been dying of starvation.
The PCB chemical, banned in Europe in the 1980s, has been found in extremely high levels in Europe's whales and dolphins, scientists report.
A dying boy's wish, to be famous in China, is being fulfilled by thousands of Chinese people online.
A large military drone that can carry loads of up to 500kg will be tested later this year to see if it can fly itself between trees without crashing.
Liberia's Ebola epidemic is over, says the World Health Organization, effectively putting an end to the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease.
The Jakarta attacks come after a relative lull in terror attacks in Indonesia over the past six years. Catharina Moh traces the rise of militancy in the country.
Jonathan Beale explains why the US Navy personnel were returned so swiftly.
Senior prison authority organised and oversaw the dismantling of road and sold off its parts for profit, police say.
At least three winning tickets are confirmed in the biggest lottery jackpot in history - the Powerball in the US, which carries a $1.6bn prize.
A series of blasts followed by gunfire rock the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with several people including five suspected attackers killed.
A car bomb attack on a police HQ in Turkey's majority-Kurdish province of Diyarbakir kills six people and wounds dozens, local media say.
Asian shares tumble after a heavy sell-off on Wall Street adds to nervousness among investors.
The world athletics governing body, the IAAF, is braced for further turmoil as the World Anti-Doping Agency prepares to release another report into doping and corruption.
Pictures of a kangaroo apparently mourning its mate went viral this week, but a leading expert says it's more likely the roo was trying to have sex.
The man behind Iran's most famous tower
The firm behind the controversy says the scenes weren't real
One of China's most prominent rights lawyer, Wang Yu, and her husband are formally arrested for subversion, amid an official crackdown.