The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Top Sunni Lebanese ex-minister Mohamad Chatah, a staunch critic of Syria's government and its Hezbollah backers, is killed in a bomb blast.
The two imprisoned women from the protest group Pussy Riot have spoken to the BBC's correspondent Daniel Sandford.
Five British Greenpeace activists, held in Russia for 100 days, are reunited with loved ones after being granted an amnesty from protest charges.
More than 130,000 householders in parts of the US and Canada still have no electricity supply, after last weekend's ice storm.
Former footballer Gary Parkinson receives a standing ovation from fans while attending his first game since being diagnosed with locked-in syndrome.
The Zimbabwean ambassador to Australia has claimed asylum, branding President Robert Mugabe's government "illegitimate", local media report.
The Football Association contacts Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers asking him to explain criticism of referee Lee Mason.
A US federal judge rules that mass government surveillance of the phone network is legal, a week after another court found the opposite.
A driver had an "incredible escape" from serious injury when a car was "sliced" in two as it hit a sign on the M11, Essex Fire Service says.
Two-time Wimbledon winner Stefan Edberg joins former world number one Roger Federer's team ahead of the Australian Open.
Three people are killed in fresh clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police across Egypt.
Dozens of Islamist rebels have been killed by a Syrian army ambush in a strategic area near the capital Damascus, activists and state media say.
Artillery shells hit a funeral tent in the southern Yemeni province of Daleh, killing 13 people, reports say.