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An average of around one person per fortnight travels from the UK to Switzerland to receive help to take their own life, a new study suggests.
The parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by Islamic State militants, have spoken to journalists about their loss.
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, dies at the age of 81.
The number of people in Japan known to have been killed in landslides, triggered by torrential rain, has risen to 39.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports from Los Angeles on how the police force changed after the riots there and what Missouri can learn from its experience.
Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.
US online retail giant Amazon steps up its presence in China with a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
A US secret military mission recently tried but failed to free American hostages in Syria, including murdered reporter James Foley, US officials say.
A court in India puts on hold the execution of two sisters convicted of murdering children they kidnapped and forced to beg and steal, a lawyer confirms.
Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.
UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.
Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates has reported its first annual loss due to slower sales in China and oversupply in the US market.
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard has reported a sharp fall in profit despite a rise in revenue helped by improved computer sales.
US Attorney General Eric Holder meets the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last week.
The number of sexual offences reported on Britain's railways has risen by a fifth in a year, say British Transport Police.
What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?
Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
The Brazilian Socialist Party names environmental campaigner Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos who died last week.
Marina Silva - from rubber tapper to Brazilian presidential candidate
Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack