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Ivory Coast's Interior Minister, Hamed Bakayoko, promises the government will meet demands for back-pay by thousands of protesting soldiers.
Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani has said he will transform the country's economy, many business are currently struggling.
Shares in Royal Mail have dropped by more than 8% after the firm warned that rivals - including Amazon - were eating into its parcel delivery business.
Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation because of failings by councils, the children's services watchdog Ofsted warns.
Tiger Woods asks veteran golf writer Dan Jenkins for an apology after being made the subject of a parody interview.
Ten people, most of them civilians, have been killed in clashes between Islamist militants and soldiers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, officials say.
Shares in Areva have plunged after the French nuclear firm suspended its financial targets for 2015 and 2016.
President Putin's chief spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has told the BBC that Russia has red lines in Europe that it will not allow to be crossed
Solomon Islanders vote in their first parliamentary elections since an Australian-led peacekeeping force withdrew last year.
Taiwanese authorities face a growing challenge to stop a wide and bold network of animal smugglers who have been tapping into the island's rich reserves to profit from China's huge appetite for wild animals.
Former England goalkeeper David James' football memorabilia is auctioned off after the star went bankrupt.
Energy companies and EU officials have gathered to discuss energy security, thousands miles away from Europe, at an oil and gas conference in Turkmenistan.
Is Tunisia the only Arab Spring success story?
Five Thai students are detained for flashing a three-finger salute inspired by The Hunger Games film series at PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
Shares in Asia fell back on Wednesday as the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy unchanged, a month after it announced a surprise easing.
Award-winning American novelist Jonathan Franzen is to publish his fifth book next September, titled Purity.
Ecclestone hits back at small teams, Jordan calls on F1 chief to step down, golf star McIlroy backs Hamilton, plus more.
Streaming service Netflix postpones a Bill Cosby stand-up special after another woman accuses the veteran comedian of sexually assaulting her.
Google is the first company to rent the world's biggest digital billboard, which is eight storeys high and situated in New York's Times Square.
Information on how patients fare with specific surgeons in England is highlighted in an NHS transparency drive.