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Japan's main stock index closes at its highest level for nearly six years, tracking overnight gains in the US markets and buoyed by a weak yen.
An Egyptian court sentences 21 female supporters of ousted President Morsi, including seven juveniles, to 11 years in jail over a protest last month.
Brazil's central bank raises its benchmark interest rate to 10% from 9.5%, the sixth time in a row it has hiked borrowing costs.
Teenagers were among 21 female pro-Morsi demonstrators jailed for 11 years in Egypt.
An EU summit to create closer ties with ex-Soviet states has been overshadowed by the collapse of a deal with Ukraine.
Michael Phelps can challenge for 2016 Olympic medals if he returns to the pool, says his long-term coach Bob Bowman.
Police in Arizona say three sisters were held captive in filthy conditions for up to two years by their mother and stepfather in the city of Tucson.
Tata Sons, one of India's biggest conglomerates, withdraws its application for a banking licence.
Honduras' electoral commission officially declares the conservative governing party candidate Juan Hernandez winner of Sunday's presidential poll.
Singer Justin Bieber is asked to clean up graffiti left on an external wall of a Gold Coast hotel wall during his tour in Australia.
Do animals mourn their dead like people do?
Dubai is chosen to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020 - beating off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia.
Australian airline Qantas backs a suggestion by Treasurer Joe Hockey that rules restricting foreign investment in the carrier should be changed.
Astronomers anxiously wait to see if Comet Ison can survive its encounter with the Sun and brighten into a spectacular feature on the sky.
India's confusion over how to talk about women
The beauty salons taking root among Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox
Sri Lanka is set to start a survey to determine the number of people killed during the country's 26-year civil war, the government says.
Why Burma's unexplored forests 'must be preserved'
Thailand's Education Minister Chaturon Chaiseng tells the BBC he does not believe the army supports anti-government protesters, making a coup unlikely.
Fast food overtakes the traditional brasserie in France