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Rocks, logs, rubble, and discarded furniture are being used to shut down the streets of San Cristobal, the Venezuelan city that gave birth to the current wave of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.
Ministers are discussing plans to make non-payment of the television licence fee a civil, rather than a criminal, offence.
Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.
The head of the Metropolitan Police has vowed to win back public trust after a report found officers spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
A US Army captain weeps as she tells a court that a general made her perform oral sex on him and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone.
Is an impersonator at work in Ukraine?
Is an impersonator spreading a pro-Russian message in Ukraine?
Homemade skis and stunning views racing down Afghan slopes
The Soviet broadcaster who defied Moscow
The evolution of the Russian baddie on Western screens
Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Jamie Donaldson are one off the lead after day two of the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announces that he and his cabinet will take pay cuts to help reduce the government's ballooning wage bill.
Turkey's former army chief Ilker Basbug is released from prison in Istanbul after a local court overturns his conviction for plotting a coup.
Inside the mind of the Scandi-drama detective
US aerospace company Boeing says it is checking 787 Dreamliner planes under production for potential "hairline cracks" in wings.
Many British aid projects in Afghanistan are too ambitious and may fail to survive the withdrawal of international forces, according to an independent report for the government.
The annual South by Southwest festival has kicked off in Austin, Texas. The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent Richard Taylor soaks up the atmosphere.
South Africa expels three Rwandan diplomats in connection with an attack on the home of an exiled Rwandan dissident, diplomatic sources say.
People on the streets of Moscow speak about the Crimean parliament's decision to hold a referendum over whether the region should become part of Russia.
Rio Carnival officially ended on Wednesday but piles of rubbish left on the city's streets are still waiting be collected.