BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Human rights groups criticise an Ethiopian court's decision to charge with terrorism nine journalists and bloggers in detention since April.
Too many governments are "rubber-stamping" mass surveillance programmes, warns the United Nations human rights watchdog.
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi wins his appeal against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.
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England captain Alastair Cook again fails with the bat, extending his run of innings without a Test hundred to 26.
James Bond star Ben Whishaw is cast as the voice of Paddington in the upcoming film about the Peruvian bear.
An auction of items signed by South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela raises $160,000 for charity - less than anticipated.
German artist Otto Piene, known for his colourful paintings and gigantic open-air sculptures, has died at the age of 86.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba passes medical and completes a £4.7m move to 13-time Turkish champions Besiktas.
Nigeria's National Assembly breaks up for a two-month recess, meaning approval for a $1bn loan to help the military fight Boko Haram must wait.
Most Asian shares fell on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The £1.4bn contract to run the Crossrail franchise through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) has announced
Apple is criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.
Celtic will face Legia Warsaw or St Patrick's Athletic if they reach the Champions League third qualifying round.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football after leading his side to victory at the 2014 World Cup.
Pain of Belgian father who lost his son to Isis
Susie Wolff impressed on her run for Williams in first practice at the German Grand Prix, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was fastest.
Stars hail the life and work of Broadway star Elaine Stritch, who has died at the age of 89.
Microsoft's ambitious TV division is to close, a month after debuting its first show.