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An amended law comes into effect in Taiwan which strips its military of the power to prosecute and punish its own personnel during peace time.
Wimbledon women's champion Marion Bartoli shocks the tennis world by announcing she is retiring from the professional game.
South Korea's president calls for reunions of families divided by the partitioning of the Korean peninsula to resume, a day after a deal was reached on Kaesong.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh says ties with Pakistan cannot improve until it "stops using their territory for anti-India activity", in a speech marking Independence Day
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on the police to act against gangs who are stealing women's hair.
A Canadian car shop employee is sacked after police see his tweet apparently seeking a delivery of marijuana to the shop - and reply.
Lenovo, the world's biggest maker of PCs, reports a 23% jump in profits as sales of mobile devices doubled.
Pte First Class Bradley Manning apologises for hurting the US by leaking a trove of classified US government documents to the Wikileaks website.
Fidel Castro says that when he transferred power to his brother, Raul, for health reasons he never expected to live for another seven years.
Court allows North Koreans to inherit wealth from the South
Iran's new president sparks hopes of progress in stand-off
Network equipment giant Cisco Systems announces plans to cut 4,000 jobs, about 5% of its workforce.
Macho Mexico sees growing interest in dance
Can a phone transform eye care?