The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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A number of Black Hawk helicopters were left covered in foam after a fire drill went wrong at a US military base in Oklahoma.
Arsenal are unlikely to sign another striker in the transfer window even if Olivier Giroud's ankle injury is long term.
The mobile messaging app Snapchat has been valued at $10bn, according to reports, putting it in the same league as start-ups such as Dropbox and AirBnB.
How a domestic conflict is being dragged into a wider battle
Jenson Button's Formula 1 career is doubt as his team McLaren continue their pursuit of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Russian journalists try to investigate soldiers' deaths
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirms the club have made an official offer to Chelsea for striker Fernando Torres.
Grand Theft Auto makers say Lindsay Lohan is suing them for "publicity purposes" after she took them to court over image rights.
The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Gaza City explains how day-to-day life is beginning to return to some kind of normality following the ceasefire agreed by Hamas and Israel on Tuesday.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honouring war criminals, official confirm, amid strained ties with China and South Korea.
More than 3,000 books from author Doris Lessing's collection have been given to Zimbabwe after her death.
Claims that a film about actress Linda Lovelace bore striking similarities to 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat are dismissed by a US judge.
France's newspaper front pages lament the country's 'crisis in the regime' as prime minister Manuel Valls is expected to form a new government.
Migrants from Africa and the deputy mayor of the town on the French coast on what to do with refugees at Sangatte camps in Calais.
Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.
Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it plans to bid for the Cypriot national airline, Cyprus Airways, which is up for sale.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff takes part in the first televised candidates' debate of the election campaign, defending her social programmes.
Scarlett Johansson's new sci-fi drama Lucy, directed by Luc Besson, tops the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend.
A new law has been passed meaning that smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen.
Dilma Rousseff faces rival candidates in TV debate