The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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A selection of striking images from around the world
A pair of elephants helped prevent a lorry, stuck in a muddy lay-by, from overturning in the US state of Louisiana.
China rejects calls from foreign governments to release five women's rights activists who have spent nearly three weeks in detention.
Sprinter Justin Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, signs a lucrative deal with Nike, while Tyson Gay is also set to wear the kit.
Russell Crowe, who is making his directorial debut with The Water Diviner, talks about his career, his love for Leeds United, and Top Gear.
Former England captain Martin Corry supports RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie's criticism of their Six Nations performance.
A painting of a haystack is confirmed to be a Monet, after scientists use a special camera to uncover his signature.
Radiohead's seminal album OK Computer is one of 25 recordings to be preserved by the US Library of Congress.
Former Burnley and QPR defender Clarke Carlisle says he feels "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt.
Passengers preparing to board Wednesday's Germanwings flight to Duesseldorf from Barcelona, have mixed feelings.
On-loan Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao says he needs to find a club where he can play regularly.
A tourist who was in the Bardo museum in Tunis when gunmen opened fire captured the panic on video.
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says he "hasn't heard a thing" despite press reports he will be sacked by the BBC this morning.
Sky's horror series Penny Dreadful scores five nominations at this year's Bafta Craft Awards, which honour television's behind-the-scenes talent.
The EU's top diplomat meets Cuban leaders and says the EU will intensify talks aimed at normalising ties with Havana.
Thousands of people queue for hours in Singapore to pay tribute to statesman Lee Kuan Yew as he lies in state in parliament.
A two-year-old Indian girl sets a new national record in archery, according to the India Book of Records.
Opener Rohit Sharma says India will not be daunted by Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm, who plays hard-drinking advertising executive Don Draper, recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his publicist confirms.
A powerful Ukrainian regional governor, Ihor Kolomoisky, is sacked after a stand-off with the central government over control of an oil firm.