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The US is expected to have tough words with China at a regional security meeting, over Beijing's building activities in the South China Sea, says Jonathan Marcus.
Photographer Timothy Allen climbs high into the Peruvian Andes for Qoyllur Rit'i - the Snow Star Festival.
How to remove a 24,000-tonne oil platform from the North Sea
Gang violence on the rise again in El Salvador
Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.
Brazil begins investigations into possible Fifa corruption there, as an Argentine judge issues warrants for three businessmen wanted by the US.
Holyrood's presiding officer Tricia Marwick announces she will step down as an MSP at next year's Scottish election.
The widow of the first Scot to contract Legionnaire's disease from compost makes an emotional plea for stronger warning labels on bags.
What's brought down crime by the seaside?
The ban on smoking in public places - which came into force in 2007 in England - has cut child hospital admissions by some 11,000 a year, research suggests.
David Cameron will try to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to back him over EU reforms as the two leaders hold face-to-face talks.
The fall-out from the corruption crisis engulfing Fifa carries on, with calls for a World Cup boycott and president Sepp Blatter vowing to stay.
Can art help keep former prisoners out of jail?
Self taught designer Collen Monnakgotla speaks to the BBC about his fashion show.
The proportion of state school pupils admitted to Cambridge University rose slightly last year to 62.2%, according to figures published by the university.
Many supposedly "healthy" fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than a bag of sweets, says campaign group Action on Sugar.
Pyongyang's hackers are capable of attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people, a high-profile defector warns.
The vote to elect Fifa's president takes place on Friday as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein challenges current chief Sepp Blatter.
BBC Click's Dave Lee meets the activists sending anti-North Korean material into the country by balloon
Ten dead in twin bomb attacks outside central Baghdad hotels, say Iraqi police