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The family of a missing 15-year-old girl who is feared to have travelled to Syria make an appeal for her return.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he welcomes Western efforts to fight Islamic State in his country.
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group.
Shelling greets start of term in east Ukraine
A Banksy mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners is destroyed after a complaint the work was "racist".
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.
US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane.
Paul Adams reports from the Syrian-Turkish border where thousands of refugees are attempting to reach safety.
The US dollar continued its rally on Wednesday, hovering near a four-year high against major currencies, and analysts say there is more to come.
RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck.
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.
Readers' photos on the theme of "amateur sport"
The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank.
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.
At least ten people have been killed in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
Crowds gather on the streets of Hong Kong
Five men accused of being part of a hacking ring that stole pre-release video games and put a prototype Xbox One on sale have been charged.
Stuart Lancaster's contract as England head coach is extended until 2020 by the Rugby Football Union.
The Ministry of Defence awards £3.2bn of contracts for the maintenance of the Royal Navy fleet, securing 7,500 jobs.