At least 15 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a day after a 12-year-old curfew is lifted.
The British singer Sam Smith is celebrating after enjoying a fantastic night at the Grammy Awards winning four of the top prizes.
Chinese authorities execute Liu Han, a powerful Sichuan-based mining tycoon, for "leading mafia-style crime and murder".
A man is killed in a shark attack on the New South Wales north coast, police say, a day after another man was injured by a shark in the same area.
Revellers wearing elaborate masks and costumes take to the streets of Venice to open the city's centuries-old carnival officially.
Leaders of Germany, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to hold talks in Minsk on Wednesday, as part of the latest diplomatic push to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
British soul singer Sam Smith wins four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year and best new artist.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urges an end to disunity after surviving a party confidence vote on his leadership.
Star Wars: Episode VII actor John Boyega talks to the BBC about working with director JJ Abrams and why fans should be excited about the latest instalment.
A deal worth $1bn (£655m) to compensate US football players for head injuries suffered during their careers is set to be approved, lawyers say.
Survivors of December's cafe siege in Sydney give accounts to rival TV stations of their ordeals during the 17-hour stand-off.
The Iranian who dares mock his country's religious leaders online
Maps reveal link between schools, poverty and violence
Social media users who spread racial hatred could be banned from Twitter and Facebook, MPs suggest in a report on anti-Semitism in the UK.
The ruling French Socialist party narrowly beats the far-right National Front at a by-election seen as a test of President Hollande's popularity.
Could flying waiter drones by the answer to a shortage of restaurant staff in food-crazy Singapore?
Australia's Jason Day comes through a four-way play-off to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure describes winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast as "unbelievable".
Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona as they move within a point of leaders Real Madrid following a thrilling win at Athletic Bilbao.
Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they aim to meet in Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine.