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Andrew Harding crosses paths with Central African militias
Standard Chartered bank has backed its chief executive and chairman after media reports that they are under pressure to stand down.
Competition begins in 12 separate sports as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gets under way after Wednesday night's opening ceremony.
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, will lead this year's Venice Film Festival line-up.
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New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his squad is imbalanced, despite beating LA Galaxy 7-0 on Wednesday.
Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa and French team Lille.
The unemployment rate in Spain falls below 25% for the first time in two years, as the economy begins to grow.
Scotland's Hannah Miley beats her own Commonwealth Games 400m individual medley record to reach the final at Glasgow 2014.
Norway is boosting security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, Norway's intelligence chief says.
Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say.
Ricardo Salgado, the former boss of the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) is arrested in Lisbon.
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness.
A model drone has helped locate an elderly man in Wisconsin who had been missing for three days.
Pop duo the Pet Shop Boys unveil their latest work, a tribute to wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, at the first of this year's Late Night BBC Proms.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games have officially opened at a ceremony in the Scottish city of Glasgow
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expresses extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, warning that residents are running out of food and water.
The website of the European Central Bank has been hacked, with personal information stolen, but the bank says no market sensitive data was compromised.
The Queen declares the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow open after a live show featuring a cast of 2,000 and appearances from several famous Scots.
Nigeria and three of its neighbours pledge to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram.