BBC World Service
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A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital.
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the Qatar 2022 World Cup final should be played no later than 18 December.
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.
Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say.
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big".
Teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanent hearing loss by listening to music "too much, too loud", the World Health Organization says.
Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.
Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.
Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia.
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford will miss the European Indoor Championships to focus on outdoor season.
International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.
The strategically important city of Mariupol is being defended not only by regular Ukrainian army troops but also by fighters who swear allegiance to the Azov Battalion.
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August.
A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.
The parents of a former Thai princess are detained under the lese majeste law, after admitting that they misused their royal connections.