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Elephants have performed for the final time at the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus in the United States as attitudes change.
Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the biggest of its kind, plans to target excessive executive pay at the companies it invests in.
The Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, affecting the babies of up to 20% of pregnant women who contract it, scientists in Brazil tell the BBC.
Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump steps up his criticism of China's trade policy, accusing it of "raping" the US.
A schoolboy who accidently shot himself while taking a selfie with a handgun dies in northern Punjab state.
The Eurovision Song Contest may be next week, but one Russian MP has his eye on a very patriotic rival.
The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused China of 'raping' the United States with its trade policies.
The story of China's wildly popular snooker king
The bodies of US climber Alex Lowe and cameraman David Bridges are found on Shishapangma in Tibet, 16 years after they were killed by an avalanche.
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright says he is the creator of the digital cash system Bitcoin, ending years of speculation.
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright says he is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
Thousands of people are battling forest fires in India's northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, where at least six people have died.
Filipino fighting youth on politics and Pacquiao
A plan to cull almost all of Australia's famous Snowy Mountains wild horses, known as brumbies, is called "horrific" by conservationists.
An American cruise ship is sailing to Cuba from the US, the first such trip in more than 50 years.
May Day marked in different ways around the world.
Colombia deports alleged drug lord Gerson Galvez, known as Caracol or The Snail and described as one of the region's most feared criminals, to Peru.
US oil services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon their proposed merger after resistance from regulators in the US and Europe.
An Australian runner who suffered life-threatening burns when she was caught in a bushfire during a race finishes a gruelling Ironman triathlon.
Two criminal cases are filed in Bangladesh against three men arrested for hacking to death a Hindu tailor, the latest in a series of such killings.