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An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.
Australian Robert Allenby pulls out of the Humana Challenge event after apparently being kidnapped and assaulted in Hawaii.
Police in southern France detain five Chechens on suspicion of possessing explosives, with security still high following the Paris attacks.
At least four people are killed in protests in DR Congo over claims that President Joseph Kabila is seeking to extend his rule by delaying next year's elections.
A nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline with insulin "completely at random", a court hears.
Dozens of people are killed in a suspected Syrian government air strike on a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.
Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are poised to be included in the England training squad for the Six Nations opener against Wales.
Pope Francis in his own words
The Kenyan government has apologised after tear gas was fired at children who were protesting over the sale of their playground to a private developer.
Indonesia's transport minister says AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed too fast just before it stalled, crashing into the sea with the loss of 162 lives.
A jihadist who faked his death so that he could return to the UK undetected has admitted four terrorism offences.
'We fled over Lake Chad as my husband was killed by militants'
One of Bahrain's most prominent human rights activists, Nabeel Rajab, is sentenced to six months in prison over a comment he tweeted last year.
Three priests from a Baptist church in Guinea are beaten up and held hostage because local people mistook them for Ebola awareness campaigners.
Forensic scientists in Austria have failed to match burnt human remains with DNA samples in the Mexican inquiry into 43 missing students, officials say.
Delhi's High Court orders the Indian government to release thousands of dollars belonging to Greenpeace India
The BBC's new A Richer World season is exploring global wealth, poverty and inequality. But what exactly does a richer world mean?
Is Russia stoking war or pushing peace?
A British jihadist who faked his death in an attempt to return from Syria to the UK undetected admits four terrorism offences.
China's economic growth slowed to its weakest in 24 years, expanding 7.4% last year from 7.7% in 2013.