BBC World Service
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Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria.
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off the coast of South Korea.
Manchester City drop points in the title race but they recover from a goal down to salvage a late draw with Sunderland.
Everton hand the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as they suffer a surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Indians are due to begin voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
A 19-year-old Canadian is charged with hacking the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest over the Heartbleed security breach.
Emergency services continue to search overnight for almost 300 people unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people sank off South Korea.
A secret New York Police Department programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats has been disbanded.
Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.
Kevin Pietersen will miss Delhi Daredevils' IPL opening game against Bangalore on Thursday with a finger injury.
A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.
Two people die in a five-vehicle crash which closed the M26 in both directions.
The public hanging stopped at the last minute
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.
The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.
The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.
Ukraine's defence ministry says six of its armoured vehicles have been seized by pro-Russian militants, amid mounting tension in eastern Ukraine.
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner praises club boss Paul Lambert after he has had to confront some "unexpected issues".
A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.