BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Actor Brian Blessed collapses while playing King Lear in an apparent heart scare, but later returns to complete the show.
Older people in England are being left "high and dry" by councils cutting back on the care and support they provide, Age UK says.
Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women if they used a newer, more sensitive blood test, say UK researchers.
A Lord's Resistance Army commander, Dominic Ongwen, arrives in The Hague to face war crimes charges over atrocities in Uganda and elsewhere.
Why rising numbers are no reason for complacency
Myanmar says it is investigating a speech by a Buddhist monk in which he insulted a UN rapporteur who called for rights for Muslims.
The NRL apologises for asking players to choose their favourite profanities and then publishing responses on its website.
The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will not report until after the election, a delay Nick Clegg says is "incomprehensible".
Researchers have created a program that is unbeatable in the game of Texas hold 'em poker.
Chinese shares surged on Wednesday, making up for some of the heavy losses seen earlier in the week.
China says four district officials have been sacked over a stampede on New Year's Eve in Shanghai that left 36 people dead.
Maria Sharapova survives a huge scare at the Australian Open, saving two match points to beat world number 150 Alexandra Panova.
A man purporting to be the leader of militant group Boko Haram says in a video that his fighters carried out a deadly raid on the Nigerian town of Baga.
Australian authorities detain a man sentenced to death in Malaysia for the murder a Mongolian woman in 2006, local media say.
Rivals in the upcoming elections in the Indian capital Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, file their nominations.
Afghan journalists face increasing dangers
The leader of Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen says the country is at a critical moment, hours after his forces shelled the president's home.
Andy Murray makes short work of local hope Marinko Matosevic, winning 6-1 6-3 6-2 on the hottest day so far at the Australian Open.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised $1bn (£659m) in funding from tech giant Google and Fidelity Investments, the firm said on Tuesday.
Earnings for the world's largest technology services company, IBM, slumped in the fourth quarter as it moved away from its hardware business.