BBC World Service
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Easyjet has agreed to buy 135 new aircraft from Airbus, in a deal announced on the second day of the Paris Air Show.
Afghan forces have formally taken over security for the whole of the country for the first time since Nato-led troops ousted the Taliban in 2001.
Nearly 4,500 Army personnel are being told they have been made redundant in the biggest round of job cuts since the 2010 defence review, with 84% voluntary redundancies.
Barbra Streisand received an honorary doctorate of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
As the Syrian conflict fans the flames of Sunni-Shia tensions in the wider Middle East, BBC Newsnight's Tim Whewell meets families in Lebanon already drawn into both sides of their neighbour's war.
Yahoo is the latest firm to reveal the extent of US government snooping on its users following Prism leaks.
The US reveals a list of 46 Guantanamo inmates who it says it does not have the evidence to try, but are too dangerous to release.
Ethiopia and Egypt agree to hold further talks to quell rising tensions over the building of a new dam on the Blue Nile, their foreign ministers say, after meeting in Addis Ababa.
A 98-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect, Laszlo Csatary, linked to the murder of Jews in World War II, is charged in Hungary.
The Cecafa Kagame Club Championship is set to kick-off on Tuesday in Sudan's South Kordofan region despite ongoing security concerns.
The rate of consumer price index (CPI) inflation increased to 2.7% in May, up from 2.4% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says.
Joe Kinnear says he has "more intelligence" than any of the critics who have questioned his return to Newcastle.
A live cinema broadcast of Helen Mirren's play The Audience breaks a record for National Theatre Live.
A Turkish protester dubbed the "standing man" leads a vigil on Istanbul's Taksim Square days after the authorities evicted demonstrators.
Chinese officials confiscate 213 bear paws hidden inside the tyres of a vehicle crossing the border from Russia, state media report.
As world leaders grapple with the thorny issue of tackling tax evasion at G8 talks, Switzerland is being pushed to pass legislation that would allow Swiss banks to pass client information to US tax authorities.
Australia wing Digby Ioane says he is fit to face the British and Irish Lions in the first Test on Saturday.
Six teenagers and one of their fathers have been found guilty of kicking a linesman to death in the Netherlands.
Diego Maradona wins compensation from two Chinese firms for using his name in an online game, Hot-Blooded Soccer, without his consent.
Sport England warns the Lawn Tennis Association that it must drive up participation figures or face losing valuable funding.