The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
Artist's colourful search for identity
The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.
American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
Liverpool secure a much-needed victory as Raheem Sterling scores twice in their League Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth.
Toulon's Delon Armitage is banned for 12 weeks for using foul and abusive language towards Leicester Tigers fans.
Four-time winners Tottenham move into the League Cup semi-finals with an emphatic win against Newcastle United.
Fracking, the controversial method of oil and gas development, will be banned in New York state after a report concludes the process poses "significant public health risks".
Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.
The US military has been showing off its latest catch.
The Greek parliament fails to elect a new president in the first round of voting, with the government's candidate 40 votes short of an outright win.
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.
BBC News speaks to Shah Jehan, a UK relative of two young boys who died in the Peshawar school attack.
The German government approves plans for a controversial road toll, including charging foreigners for using the Autobahn.
Radamel Falcao "wants to stay" at Old Trafford but says his long-term future depends on how much playing time he gets.
A popular and controversial Kenyan blogger is charged with undermining the presidency, following a tweet he posted earlier this week.
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.
Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.