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A Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket has blasted off from Florida, after a two month delay.
A Russian hacker group attacks technology news website CNET and steals usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users.
Hospitals in England are being given strict guidelines on safe staffing levels for nurses - but they stop short of giving absolute minimums.
Fireworks have lit up the Paris skyline as the country marked its annual Bastille Day, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison which helped spark the French Revolution.
A report on electoral reform in Hong Kong is due to be presented to the Chinese government.
Scores of giant African snails, still alive, have been seized by US customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport.
Iraqi refugees faced with surviving on handouts in Jordan
Is China revolutionising high-speed rail travel?
China has a larger high-speed rail network than the entire European Union or the United States, according to a new World Bank report.
Using tech to save mothers and babies in Ghana
Copenhagen unleashes tablet-equipped bicycles
US country singer Garth Brooks confirms that none of his five Irish shows will take place in Dublin this summer, despite talks to try to resolve a row over the concerts.
Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan is not ready to return to the England side after his nightmare Ashes debut, says Michael Vaughan.
Pope Francis calls for moves to protect thousands of unaccompanied children found migrating from Central America to the US every month.
Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free at least 200 girls held by Boko Haram.
A risk of pile-ups as Japan joins the smartphone revolution
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the 2014 World Cup was better than 2010, marking the tournament as "9.25 out of 10".
The wrecked Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been successfully raised from the under-sea platform it has been resting on for the past year, salvage workers say.
Ex-Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl has completed the reintegration process and is set to return to active military duty, the US Army has said.
Ray Whelan, the British boss of a World Cup hospitality firm, surrenders to a Brazilian judge amid a probe into alleged illegal ticket sales.