Russia's foreign minister says a unilateral truce declared by the Syrian military could be extended to the city of Aleppo within hours.
The Israeli ringleader in the murder of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death is sentenced to life in prison.
A couple in north-western Germany used dating adverts to lure two women to their home then tortured them to death, police say.
A six-month-old girl is rescued from the debris of a building that collapsed four days ago in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
A German comedian under investigation for mocking the Turkish president accuses Angela Merkel of "serving" him up to a "despot".
The US defence secretary accuses Russia of "nuclear sabre-rattling" and says the US has had to step up its military presence on Nato's eastern flank.
The Olympic flame arrives in Brazil three months ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the country faces a deepening political crisis.
A detailed analysis of about 2,000 film scripts suggests that actresses are given fewer lines of dialogue the older they become.
A festival featuring Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan is confirmed for the US in October.
Rome, the hometown of Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri, is also claiming Leicester City's unlikely triumph as its own.
The Australian government's budget, which doubles as its election campaign kick-off, targets multinational companies that move profits offshore.
A video from the police in New Zealand shows the officers in a new light.
World reaction and (mis)pronunciation
The European Commission will back visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, sources tell the BBC, but the deal still needs European Parliament backing.
An Afghan boy who wore a homemade Lionel Messi shirt flees to Pakistan with his family, who say they received kidnap threats after he shot to fame.
Despite greater media diversity and rising professional standards in recent years, press freedom in Kabul is under still threat and working for the country's most popular television station can carry a deadly risk.
A homeless man did not commit a crime when he stole small quantities of food, an Italian court rules, because he clearly acted out of need.
Indonesian police have confiscated a sex toy from a remote village after its inhabitants and some on social media mistook it for an "angel".
Chinese authorities are probing Baidu over the death of a student who went for an experimental cancer treatment advertised on the search engine.
The father of the five-year-old Afghan boy, who became an internet sensation after being photographed wearing a homemade Lionel Messi football shirt, says the family has been forced to leave Afghanistan due to repeated threats.