BBC World Service
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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologises for part in spitting incident between him and Manchester United's Jonny Evans.
The US will keep an eye on "destabilising" acts by Iran despite moves towards a nuclear deal, John Kerry says on a visit to Saudi Arabia.
The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.
Thousands of people are left stranded after a plane skids off the runway at Nepal's only international airport, forcing its closure.
A top Brussels official in charge of slimming down EU regulations, Frans Timmermans, vows to keep the EU focused on priority areas.
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.
A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, with the North calling it a "knife shower of justice".
Fierce clashes are reported in the Syrian city of Aleppo, near an intelligence facility attacked on Wednesday, as a barrel bomb attack kills 18.
A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants has forced about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says.
Four people, including the victim's husband, are sentenced to death in Tanzania after being found guilty of murdering an albino woman.
The World Resources Institute warn that the number of people affected by river flooding around the world could almost triple over the next 15 years.
Film-maker Leslee Udwin has described the authorities' banning of her documentary in India as 'misguided' and warns that it 'will muzzle free speech'.
Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm claiming their granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trademark.
Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.
A chemistry teacher from Manchester who was planning to travel to Syria "to fight jihad" is jailed for six years.
The BBC's Lyse Doucet has been speaking to the UN's envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura
Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar are passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff.
India's home minister says action will be taken after the BBC aired a documentary in the UK featuring an interview with a convicted rapist.
A prison in India is to allow prisoners to watch the Cricket World Cup after they successfully argued it was a "fundamental right".
Three popular Kenyan TV channels are due to return to air, ending a three-week protest in which they turned off their digital signals.