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An entrepreneur in Kyrgyzstan has converted a rusty old van into a mobile steam room.
A lull in violence in Gaza is shattered as deadly explosions hit the Palestinian territory's main city and southern Israel.
Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, accused of accepting loans and lavish gifts from a supporter.
Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges.
A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has received a mixed response from campaigners.
How CAR's armed youths hold a silent majority hostage
The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.
Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £218m for "serious misconduct" relating to a key interest rate known as Libor.
Wiltshire's annual Womad festival attracts a capacity crowd for the first time since relocating from Reading in 2007.
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Arsenal complete the signing of teenage Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee understood to be about £16m.
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.
Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause homes to be evacuated and bring road and rail transport to a standstill.
European Union talks on tougher sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine are "moving in the right direction", No 10 says.
Gaza is in a "critical condition" and violence there must stop "in the name of humanity", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.