Med deaths in 2015 'may hit 30,000'
The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year, migration officials warn.
Egypt's Morsi jailed for 20 years
Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi gets a 20 year jail sentence over the abuse of protesters during his rule, the first of many verdicts he faces.
Japan train sets new speed record
A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.
Auschwitz guard admits 'moral guilt'
A 93-year-old former Nazi SS guard, known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", admits he is "morally" guilty of aiding the killing of 300,000 Jews.
SA army to tackle migrant attacks
South Africa to deploy army to deal with anti-immigrant violence after wave of attacks, defence minister says.
US sends carrier to Yemen patrols
The US sends an aircraft carrier to boost its patrols off Yemen, amid suspicions an Iranian naval convoy is carrying arms intended for Yemeni Houthi rebels.
Russian economy shrinks 2% in slump
Russia's economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of this year under the pressure of sanctions and a weak oil price, Russian PM Medvedev says.
Bomb explodes at Somali restaurant
A car bomb explodes outside a popular restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing 11 people near the Central Hotel.
US court issues writ for chimpanzees
A judge in New York issues a writ of habeas corpus in a case brought by animal rights activists trying to free two chimpanzees.
Norway jails five over wolf hunting
Five men are sentenced to prison in Norway for organising an illegal wolf hunt, in the country's first prosecution in such a case.
Three dead in New South Wales storm
Three people die as storms with winds of up to 135km/h (85 mph) batter New South Wales, Australia, with more bad weather forecast.
Bali suitcase murder: US pair jailed
An Indonesian court sentences a US man to 18 years in jail for killing the mother of his girlfriend and hiding her body in a suitcase.
Serb flight scare after coffee spill
A Serbian inquiry finds the president's jet went into a sudden plunge last week when the co-pilot tried to mop up a coffee spill.
Delhi hires first woman bus driver
Delhi's first woman bus driver takes the wheel - with messages of support and malfunctioning doors.
Utah woman jailed for killing babies
A Utah woman who admitted killing six of her own babies and hiding their bodies in her garage is sentenced to up to life in prison.
FBI admits forensic evidence errors
The FBI admits "errors" over many years in evidence provided by its forensics lab to US courts to secure convictions, including in death penalty cases.
New York Governor Cuomo visits Cuba
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Cuba, the first US state governor to travel to the Communist-run island since a thaw in relations began last year.
Venezuela 'receives $5bn from China'
Venezuela has received $5bn (£3.4bn) in Chinese funding for "development", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says.
Africans dominant at Boston Marathon
Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa and Kenya's Caroline Rotich win the men's and women's races respectively at the Boston Marathon.
Kenyan activist wins environment prize
Kenyan environmental activist Phyllis Omido wins the high-profile Goldman prize for her campaign against a smelting plant in a slum community in Mombasa.
New Afghan cabinet after long delay
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani swears in 16 new ministers - nearly completing his cabinet after seven months of delay.
British war hero hands VC to Koreans
A former soldier who was awarded Britain's highest award for bravery hands his Victoria Cross to the South Korean people.
Turkey says it 'shares' Armenia pain
Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey will "respectfully remember" deaths of Armenians in 1915 but stops short of recognising the killings as genocide.
Champagne from 1840 shipwreck tested
Bottles of champagne salvaged from a 170-year-old shipwreck have been analysed in the lab
'Spy charge' for US reporter in Iran
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who was detained nine months ago in Iran, is facing four charges including espionage, his lawyer says.
Iran to give Australia IS data
Australia and Iran will share intelligence about Australians fighting with militant groups in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announces.
Tories and Labour in SNP election row
Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of "demeaning" his office by "talking up the SNP" - as Sir John Major warns the nationalists could "blackmail" a Labour government.
Man jailed for New Forest murder
A man has been sentenced to life for stabbing a woman to death in a field where she had been tending to her horses.
Credit Suisse quarterly profit rises
Credit Suisse says quarterly profit rose by 23% from a year earlier because of gains from its securities trading and wealth management divisions.
Global woes rattle German investors
Investor sentiment in Germany has shown an unexpected fall after rising steadily for the past five months, the closely watched ZEW survey indicates.
China property firm Kaisa defaults
Kaisa Group becomes the first Chinese property developer to default on its overseas debt, which is estimated to be about $2.5bn (£1.7bn).
Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets mystery
Promoter Bob Arum is unable to explain why there are still no tickets on sale for Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao on 2 May.
Smalling agrees new Man Utd contract
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has agreed a new contract with the club until June 2019.
Pakistan 'to host' Zimbabwe tour
Pakistan are set to host top-level cricket for the first time since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus.
Morrison condemns black police shootings
Award-winning author Toni Morrison condemns the killing of several black men by white police officers.
AC/DC drummer Rudd pleads guilty
Phil Rudd, drummer with Australian hard rock group AC/DC, unexpectedly pleads guilty at a New Zealand court to making a threat to kill.
Sam Smith up for Ivor Novello Award
Sam Smith, George Ezra and Clean Bandit are in the running for most performed work at The Ivor Novello Awards.
VIDEO: Aden's 'DIY' defence force
Orla Guerin reports from inside Aden in Yemen, where poorly armed local militias - including teenagers - are fighting against Houthi rebels.
VIDEO: Greek residents aid migrant rescue
Greek coastguards and locals have rescued around 80 migrants whose boat ran aground off the island of Rhodes.
VIDEO: Outside Sicilian migrant centre
The BBC's James Reynolds reports from outside one of the migrant centres where the survivors of the boat sinking off Libya have been taken to.
VIDEO: Thailand seizes four tonnes of ivory
Customs officials in Thailand say they have made the biggest seizure of smuggled ivory in the country's history, as Jonathan Head reports.
VIDEO: Migrant: 'I pray to go and succeed'
Tijan Jagne is trying to save enough money to get to Libya and from there across the Mediterranean to Europe.
VIDEO: Refusing racist tattoos in Hungary
Nationalism is on the rise in many countries across Europe. One tattoo artist in Hungary is fighting against it.
VIDEO: Sumatran rhino in need of a mate
The Borneo Rhino Alliance are trying to find a suitable mate for a Sumatran rhino.
VIDEO: China's biggest car show opens
More than 23 million vehicles were sold in China last year, but as the Chinese economy slows, so has demand for new cars.
Inside Mali's trafficking underworld
Inside the city migrants use to cross the Sahara
Mohammed Morsi verdict: 'The tables have turned'
Egyptians anticipate first verdict in trial of Mohammed Morsi
Profile: Oskar Groening, 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz'
Former Nazi death camp guard on trial in Germany
Indonesia grapples with weak rupiah
Indonesia wants tourists to boost its weak currency
Russia sets its sights on Middle East
Russia sets its sights on the Middle East
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