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Ban: N Korea crisis 'gone too far'visit
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the North Korea crisis has "gone too far" and urges urgent talks over plans to restart Pyongyang's main nuclear complex.

UN passes global arms trade treatyvisit
The UN General Assembly adopts a historic treaty to control the trade in conventional arms, voting it through by a huge majority.

Google faces European privacy probevisit
Six European data protection bodies are to launch coordinated investigations into Google's privacy policy

Cyprus Finance Minister Sarris quitsvisit
Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris resigns after completing talks on a controversial bailout deal.

Outrage at Saudi paralysis sentencevisit
Amnesty denounces as "outrageous" the reported sentencing of paralysis for a Saudi man as punishment for paralysing another man.

Imam probed over Burma school blazevisit
Burmese police investigate the head of a mosque for possible negligence after 13 children died in a fire at Muslim school in the city of Rangoon.

Airline defends weight-based faresvisit
The boss of Samoa Air says the airline's decision to charge passengers based on their weight is "the fairest way of travelling".

Senate Republican backs gay marriagevisit
Mark Kirk becomes the second Republican senator to back gay marriage, as polls show a rapid rise in public support on the issue.

Michael Jackson jury selectionvisit
Jury selection has begun in the US in a case where Michael Jackson's mother is hoping to sue the late singer's promoters for neglect.

Key roads 'reopened' in Somaliavisit
The main road linking Somalia's capital to the strategic city of Baidoa is totally recaptured from Islamist militants, African Union says.

Pakistani youth 'favour Sharia law'visit
Pakistani youth believe that Sharia law is the best political system, a British Council survey suggests.

France and Germany snub UK EU reviewvisit
France and Germany decide not to contribute to a British government review of the impact of EU powers on the UK.

Egypt protest over food poisoningvisit
Students at Cairo's al-Azhar university plan a second day of protests after almost 500 of them were taken to hospital due to food poisoning.

Osborne: Welfare criticism 'rubbish'visit
Chancellor George Osborne defends benefits and tax changes and calls criticism "headline-seeking nonsense".

Arkansas to probe Exxon Mobile spillvisit
The US state of Arkansas launches an investigation into an Exxon Mobil pipeline that ruptured, spilling oil into a housing community last week.

Artist guilty of indecency chargesvisit
Cornwall artist Graham Ovenden is found guilty of indecency offences committed against young girls up to 40 years ago.

VIDEO: Well-wishers' colourful messages to Mandelavisit
As Nelson Mandela's treatment for a lung infection continues, well-wishers are leaving messages of support hand-painted onto stones outside his Johannesburg home.

US 'meddling' over satirist blastedvisit
Egypt's ruling Freedom and Justice Party criticises US "interference" over the case of the popular Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef.

Eurozone unemployment rate hits 12%visit
The rate of unemployment in the eurozone hit 12% in the month of February, a record high, official figures show.

US priest dealt methamphetaminevisit
A Catholic priest dubbed Monsignor Meth admits selling drugs in the US state of Connecticut, and buying a sex shop to launder the money.

Canada faces science muzzling probevisit
Canada's Information Commissioner has launched an investigation into allegations that the federal government is "muzzling" its scientists.

US educators 'cheated for bonuses'visit
Thirty-five former school officials indicted in a major test cheating scandal have until Tuesday to surrender in the US state of Georgia.

Venezuela election campaign startsvisit
As the official election campaign to replace Hugo Chavez gets under way in Venezuela, government candidate Nicolas Maduro visits the late president's hometown.

Third arrest over Brazil bus rapevisit
Police in Brazil arrest a third man accused of robbing and raping a foreign tourist on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro and beating up her boyfriend.

Tribute to SA troops killed in CARvisit
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma pays tribute at a memorial service to 13 soldiers killed in the recent rebellion in the Central African Republic (CAR).

French TV doctor kills himselfvisit
A French doctor who worked on adventure reality TV show Koh Lanta kills himself in Cambodia a week after one of the contestants died.

Palestinian prisoners protest deathvisit
Israeli prison guards use tear gas to stop protests by Palestinian prisoners after a Palestinian inmate died of cancer.

Hospital to resume child heart opsvisit
Children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary is to resume after operations were suspended over concerns about the number of deaths there.

Court rules against digital resellervisit
A site which allowed users to sell on their unwanted digital music was in breach of copyright, a US judge rules.

VIDEO: N Korea 'to restart nuclear reactor'visit
North Korea says it will restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, closed since 2007, amid high tension on the peninsula.

VIDEO: Drunk man clings to electric cablesvisit
Firefighters in China have rescued a drunk man who climbed a utility pole and crawled along electricity cables, according to state TV.

Islamic headscarf debate rekindled in Francevisit
Court ruling tests power of French secularism

Motown piano returns to Detroitvisit
A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios is restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label.

Obama proposes brain mapping projectvisit
US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new initiative to map the human brain.

Six held for NY mayoral race 'bribe'visit
Two New York state lawmakers are among six officials who have been arrested over an alleged plot to rig the city's mayoral race, prosecutors say.

Report finds over-emphasis on foetusvisit
The draft report on the death of Savita Halappanavar has found an overemphasis by medical staff on the welfare of the foetus, which was unviable, a solicitor for her widower Praveen has said.

Parents guilty of kids' fire deathsvisit
Mick and Mairead Philpott, the parents of six children who died after a house fire in Derby, are convicted of their manslaughter, along with their friend, Paul Mosley.

New Xstrata-Glencore merger delayvisit
Xstrata and Glencore once again push back the date for when they expect to complete their merger, after Chinese concerns.

Di Canio declines fascism questionsvisit
Paolo Di Canio declines to answer questions relating to fascism in his first news conference as Sunderland manager.

Kidney sacked as Ireland coachvisit
Declan Kidney's five-year reign as Ireland boss comes to an end after a dismal 2013 Six Nations campaign.

VIDEO: Boys die in Burmese school blazevisit
A fire at a Muslim school in the Burmese city of Rangoon has killed at least 13 people including children, officials say.

VIDEO: Syrian refugees: Lebanon strugglesvisit
Lebanon is struggling to cope with the estimated 400,000 Syrian refugees that have crossed

VIDEO: Platforms 'like palaces' on Moscow Metrovisit
The Moscow Metro is used by millions of Russian commuters every day - but is often described as an underground art museum. Steve Rosenberg looks around.

VIDEO: Chinese government's video game toolvisit
A new video game created by the Chinese government has become the latest big thing in China

VIDEO: Man, 80, aims to be oldest Everest climbervisit
An 80-year-old Japanese climber who has had heart surgery four times is to attempt to climb Mount Everest.

MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumbavisit
How involved was MI6 in the death of Congo's first prime minister?

What happened to Japan's electronic giants?visit
What went wrong with Japan's electronic companies?

Mislabelled fish slip into Europe's menusvisit
Tests reveal deception in fish marketing

Prizes for indoor-facing techvisit
Indoor technology gets attention

Norwegian airline prepares for global expansionvisit
The world is barely enough for Norwegian airline