BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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A Japanese group seeks letters from foreign schoolchildren to encourage survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Trying to protect Tanzania's albino community from attack
Michael Corbat, the chief executive of US bank Citigroup, says the firm will set aside $2.7bn (£1.7bn) in the fourth-quarter due to rising legal costs.
Musician Bob Dylan is to release an album of new interpretations of classic hit songs which he has dubbed an "uncovers" record.
A "very dangerous" child rapist is released from prison after a judge said it would be unlawful to keep him locked up.
Prosecutors say it was right to pursue a woman who killed herself days before appearing in court accused of making a false rape allegation.
Dame Janet Suzman calls for greater diversity in London theatres and downplays reports that she claimed theatre is "a white invention".
India's government tells all states to ban unregistered web-based taxi firms after an Uber company driver is accused of raping a passenger in Delhi.
Hungary's Young Democrats are unhappy about a proposal to test young people for drugs.
West Midlands Police issues alerts to staff after receiving an anonymous warning of a threat to kidnap and kill a serving officer.
Details of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" techniques are set to be revealed in a long-awaited Senate report, due to be published later.
Amazon has said it may take its drone delivery research outside the US because of strict regulation of the unmanned aircraft.
There are fears that the publication of a Senate report on CIA interrogation methods could trigger an attack on the US.
A Bahraini citizen has been killed and an expatriate wounded by an explosion south-west of Manama, officials say, the second deadly blast in two days.
The Greek prime minister brings forward the date of a crucial presidential vote in parliament, with markets in Athens tumbling on fears of uncertainty.
The vice-president of Zimbabwe, Joice Mujuru, rejects accusations that she plotted to kill President Robert Mugabe as "unfounded" and "ridiculous".
A selection of striking news images from around the world
The US Senate backs a bill which would impose travel bans and economic sanctions on Venezuelan officials found to have violated protesters' rights.
Iraq's armed forces have retaken control of the Baiji Oil Refinery in the north of the country but are still under attack from snipers, as Quentin Sommerville reports.
A South African judge delays to Wednesday her ruling on whether prosecutors can appeal against what they call the "shockingly light" sentence passed on Oscar Pistorius.