The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.
Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.
The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.
The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.
A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself.
Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.
The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.
A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.
Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre
What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
Life in one of the world's most repressive states
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup.