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Japanese tech giant Sony sees its net profit more than triple in the April-to-June quarter, helped by strong sales of its PlayStation 4 games.
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims that he lied on his visa application form.
Simon Norfolk's landscapes of Afghanistan
The major shareholder of South Korean industrial giant Hyundai wants to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.
Myanmar releases 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, ahead of polls in November - but it is not clear if political prisoners are among those freed.
Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam is given a full state funeral in his native town in Rameswaram in South India.
Security forces in Calais have been working to prevent a third successive night of mass incursions into the Channel Tunnel by migrants trying to reach Britain.
Watch some of the best goals from Women's FA Cup finals before Saturday's showpiece between Chelsea and Notts County.
There are fresh warnings about the dangers of so-called "tombstoning" - an activity which involves jumping off cliffs, piers, or harbour walls into water for fun.
Royal Bank of Scotland reports a 27% increase in second-quarter profit after booking more mortgage business.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell says it is to shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost cutting plans.
Centrica, the owner of British Gas, says it is cutting 6,000 jobs, as it reports a doubling of profits at the British Gas business.
Searching is set to continue into a fourth day for a man who went missing after the Dornoch Show last weekend.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says goalkeeper David De Gea's link to Real Madrid has caused a problem.
At least 16 people are killed after torrential rain triggers landslides in western Nepal, with fears the toll could rise.
Chelsea "will still be the team to beat" this season while Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers is under "huge pressure", says Alan Shearer.
Sixteen months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, a piece of an aircraft has been found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
The former One Direction singer posts a picture of him signing a contract with RCA Records.
Firefighters are tackling a large fire at a caravan park in Ceredigion.
Campaigners are calling for asbestos in schools to be tackled by the Welsh and UK governments.