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Climbing on Mount Everest has come to a halt, four days after an avalanche killed 16 sherpa mountain guides.
A US prosecutor was the original target of a kidnapping plot that ended with her father being held captive for five days, officials say.
Yum Brands, the owner of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, reports an 18% jump in first quarter profit, helped by a rebound in sales in China.
The BBC's Nosheen Abbas reports on Pakistan's first 3G and 4G auction and the boost it may give to the nation's economy.
William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
Can voting bring respect to India's transgender people?
Keeping the trains on time in a little corner of Pakistan
How Zimbabwe's leader changed once in power
How South Africa is learning to live with mixed-race couples
Felicia Day writes her own Hollywood rules
Meet the Brazilian pensioners who live for the big wave
Why St George is a hero on the West Bank
Are investors calling time on tech stocks?
Brazil's National Truth Commission says the death of ex-President Juscelino Kubitschek was an accident, despite claims he was murdered.
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.
US President Barack Obama has left Washington for a week-long tour of Asia as part of what the White House is calling an "eastward rebalancing" of US foreign policy.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday's Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool.
Manchester United fans from India, Kenya and Singapore and Brazil give their reaction to the sacking of David Moyes as club manager.
Heavily armed men have set fire to 34 buses in a Sao Paulo suburb and held employees hostage.