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How food shortages are dividing Venezuelans
Why have so many Tunisians joined the Syrian Islamists?
More transparency is needed in how natural resources are managed, a report says, as mismanagement and corruption often stops the wealth generated getting to citizens.
Scientists in India unveil a new low-cost vaccine against a diarrhoea virus that kills about half a million children around the world each year.
Japan's Nikkei climbs past 15,000 for the first time since January 2008 as the yen's continued decline is seen boosting earnings potential for Japanese exporters
Moscow's retro spy scandal shows old tricks still in vogue
Mexican authorities are closely monitoring a volcano and preparing for possible evacuations after it begin blowing steam on Tuesday morning.
Officials in Belize say a construction company has destroyed one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups.
US President Barack Obama says the federal tax agency's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny was "intolerable and inexcusable".
Boeing says it has resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner, after two incidents involving the lithium ion batteries led to a worldwide grounding.
US Attorney General Eric Holder says the leak that prompted the seizure of the Associated Press news agency's phone records put the US at risk.
With tensions between China and Japan showing no sign of abating, Mariko Oi asks the head of Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force, Katsutoshi Kawano, if he feels under pressure.
The Lone Star state is saying auf wiedersehen to its German dialect
How real was the Long Island decadence of the Great Gatsby?
Kosovo Serbs vow to resist deal done in Brussels
Jewellery belonging to Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida fetches almost $5m (£3.3m) at an auction in Geneva, Sotheby's says.
Brazil's judiciary rules that marriage licenses cannot be denied to same-sex couples, as Congress debates full legalisation of gay marriage.
Russia has ordered the expulsion of a US diplomat after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash.
Manager Roberto Martinez says Wigan will come back stronger after losing their Premier League status.