BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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A US teen is charged with homicide by assault after allegedly punching a football referee who later died in hospital in Salt Lake City.
An appeals court in Italy upholds the conviction for tax fraud of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and reinstates a four-year prison sentence.
At least seven people have died and two are missing after a container ship crashed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa, officials say.
Former world number one Vijay Singh is suing the PGA Tour for suspending him after he admitted using deer antler spray.
Victims of Haiti's ongoing cholera epidemic give the United Nations a 60-day deadline to start talks about billions of dollars worth of compensation or face legal action.
At least six people have died and several others are missing after a ship crashed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa.
Two Zambian men plead not guilty in court to a charge of engaging in homosexual acts - an offence that carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years.
Mark Urban on response to claims of sarin use by Syrian rebels
Cleveland police say three women held captive in a house for about a decade were tied up and chained, as one of the victims and her child go home.
Rafael Nadal eases into the Madrid Open third round with a 6-3 6-4 victory over world number 37 Benoit Paire.
Germany's John Degenkolb grabs victory in stage five of the Giro d'Italia after a dramatic crash in the closing stages.
Which country has the sleepiest students?
People around the world have given their reaction to the news that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season.
Sightseers director Ben Wheatley's new movie will be the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on TV and on demand.
At least seven people have died and two are missing after a ship crashed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa, officials say.
At least seven die as ship ploughs into Genoa port's tower
Prof Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a high-profile Israeli conference, in support of an academic boycott of the country.
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi hails a US-Russia accord to work together to end the conflict in Syria but warns it is "only a first step".
Thousands of Malaysian opposition supporters rally against alleged fraud in recent polls, defying police who said the protest was illegal.
Questions remain despite US Russia accord