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Actor Hugh Bonneville joins Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast of the BBC's adaptation of three Shakespeare history plays.
A selection of images from around the world
Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.
The father of Norwegian mass murderer Andres Breivik expresses feelings of guilt and responsibility over his son's actions in a book.
Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.
There has been a standoff between police and protesters in Indonesia awaiting a court decision over the presidential election result.
The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.
Why India just loves to ban films
At least 63 people have died in clashes between rival Arab groups in Sudan's arid Darfur region, witnesses say.
Police in Liberia fire live rounds and tear gas during protests after a quarantine was imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two teenage cousins in northern India concludes they were not sexually assaulted.
Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.
Thieves make off with laptops and cameras after five burglaries in three weeks.
Rajini Vaidyanathan speaks to people at a vigil in Ferguson, Missouri, for Michael Brown - the black teenager killed by police last week.
The Red Cross instructs Russian lorry drivers at Ukraine's border so that they can deliver much-needed aid to civilians.
A thief breaks into the car of outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, stealing his laptop, but officials deny state secrets were taken.
Malky Mackay will not succeed Tony Pulis as Crystal Palace boss as former club Cardiff complain about him to the FA.
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Amsterdam and Delhi.
A 70-tear-old Australian man has set the record for the world's oldest person to swim the English Channel.