The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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New Zealand Cricket confirms a "small number" of its former players are being investigated after allegations of fixing.
The dramatic fistfight inside Russia's parliament
A 26-year-old homeless man is sentenced to five years in jail for his role in the violence during protests in Rio de Janeiro in June.
China has awarded its first licences to mobile phone companies to provide the superfast 4G mobile network to customers.
Sri Lanka's prime minister orders staff not to write letters in his name, after a heroin importation scam used a letter from his office.
Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt's Sinai to suffer torture and ransom demands, new research says.
Crowds of mourners in Lebanon turn out to bury Hassan Lakkis, a commander in the Shia militant group Hezbollah, killed at close range on Tuesday.
Protests sparked by the Ukrainian government's decision not to sign an association deal with the EU are continuing in the capital Kiev.
At least 18 people have been killed in a rocket attack on government-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say.
Forest officials in the southern Indian state of Karnataka are searching for a tiger which they say has killed three villagers in the past week.
TV cook Nigella Lawson admits taking cocaine but denies being an addict, while giving evidence in court.
Canada's military is soul searching after the suicides of up to four soldiers in just a week, raising questions over post-traumatic stress disorder.
Music streaming website Spotify responds to critics by revealing how much it pays in royalties, it says more than $1bn (£612m) since 2008.
UK Sport says it is confident Great Britain will win more Olympic and Paralympic medals at Rio 2016 than at London 2012.
A truck carrying "dangerous" radioactive material used for treating cancer has been stolen near Mexico City, the UN's nuclear watchdog says.
Playing Nelson Mandela on the big screen has made Idris Elba more selective about his future roles, the actor tells the BBC.
One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby told police it gave him "little joy to approach anybody and slay them", the Old Bailey hears.
The BBC's Jonathan Head speaks to the mother of a soldier killed during violent protests in Thailand.
Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group says one of its senior commanders, Hassan Lakkis, has been assassinated near Beirut, and blames Israel for his death.
The EU reveals plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders and do more to help asylum-seekers, two months after the Lampedusa boat tragedy.