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Flooding forces more than 4,000 people from their homes in the town of Cobija in northern Bolivia after the river Acre bursts its banks.
The Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on hundreds of sites last year, violating a UN Security Council resolution, Human Rights Watch says.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says the tide has "definitely turned" against Boko Haram militants, after regional forces recapture territory.
A Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims says it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did attack it.
Injured McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is still in hospital following an accident in pre-season testing.
Amnesty International urges the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in cases of mass atrocities.
A large majority of British Muslims oppose the use of violence against people publishing images depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a BBC poll suggests.
Two people are seriously injured in an explosion at a house in the US state of New Jersey.
Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play 2022 World Cup in November and December.
Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, which owns the O2 mobile network, reports a 35% fall in its annual net profit.
Jamaica's parliament decriminalises the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
More than 400 children have had tasers drawn on them by police in England and Wales in 2013, a 38% rise on the previous year, figures obtained by the BBC show.
Most Asian markets rose on Wednesday following record closes in the US and the eurozone's approval of reform proposals submitted by Greece.
Hong Kong's leadership pledges HK$290m ($37m; £24m) in support to businesses hit by last year's protest, in its annual budget.
Companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages are to face tougher rules after thousands of complaints about their conduct.
The family of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim say he is a "political prisoner" and seek a royal pardon over his sodomy conviction.
Eddie Ray Routh is found guilty of murder of American Sniper Chris Kyle by a Texas jury and is sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A gunman opens fire at a convenience store in the South Korean city of Sejong, killing three people, local media report.
Foreign investors may have to pay large fees before buying Australian residential real estate or businesses, the government announces.
Brazilian lorry drivers block roads in protest against the high cost of fuel and tolls, with officials saying exports are being affected.