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Bulgarians who set themselves alight over poverty
A former South Carolina governor who left office in disgrace after admitting an extramarital affair wins election to the US Congress.
At least 20 people have been killed and 36 injured by a gas tanker exploding on a motorway in a suburb of Mexico City, officials say.
Why are Indian women being attacked on social media?
The video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) reports lower profits, but forecasts higher earnings in 2014.
David Cameron has promised to give voters "a proper choice" between staying in a reformed EU and leaving, after ex-Chancellor Lord Lawson urged him to speed up a referendum.
The technology used to climb world's highest peak in 1953
Will legalised cannabis mean economic surge in part of US?
Why Malta reckons it can weather the eurozone storms
Fifty-five people have been killed in a raid by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state, the military says.
Work has begun to take away a controversial statue depicting a naked boy with a frog in a part of ancient Venice, Italian media report.
The health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer, according to scientists.
Russia and the US say they have agreed to work towards holding an international conference to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says his players will not give up on Premier League survival despite Tuesday's damaging 3-2 home defeat by Swansea.
Israel's PM issues an unofficial order to stop approval of new plans or tenders for Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, a pressure group says.
The Queen will not attend the commonwealth heads of government meeting for the first time since 1973 with Prince Charles representing the monarchy instead.
Somalia is making real progress in trying to end more than two decades of conflict according to David Cameron.
The man accused of killing 12 in the July massacre at a Batman film in Colorado intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers say.
Walt Disney's results have beaten analysts' expectations, thanks to strong earnings at its movie and sports TV divisions.
Visual effects master Ray Harryhausen, whose stop-motion wizardry graced such films as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, dies in London at the age of 92.