A dancer from Hull who became the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia returns to the UK to perform with the company at Covent Garden.
Donna Tartt's best-selling novel The Goldfinch is to be turned into a film, with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner among its producers.
Grammy winning singer Linda Ronstadt is awarded the National Medal of Arts - the highest arts honour in the US.
A suicide bomber kills Hashmat Karzai, an influential cousin of President Hamid Karzai in the southern city of Kandahar.
Fresh fighting, close to where the Malaysia Airlines jet went down in Ukraine, has prevented international monitors from accessing the crash site for the second day in a row.
World number one Serena Williams will be fit to defend her US Open title next month after recovering from a virus.
Australia approves a $15.5bn (£9bn) coal project despite concern over its potential environmental impact, including on the Great Barrier Reef.
The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious".
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 US vice-presidential candidate, has launched a subscription-based online television channel.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a "prolonged" military campaign in Gaza, amid one of the most intense nights of shelling in the conflict.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to begin a visit to Delhi as Washington tries to improve ties with India under its new PM Narendra Modi.
A team of Dutch forensic investigators will again try to access the Malaysia Airlines wreckage site in eastern Ukraine.
The Australian government has approved the development of what could potentially be the country's biggest coal mine.
Two South Korean conscripts have died in apparent suicides, the military says, weeks after another soldier shot dead five members of his unit.
The UN blacklists the operator of a North Korean ship seized near the Panama Canal in July 2013 with undeclared Cuban weapons on board.
The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has confirmed that the pilots of a plane that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked for a change of course.
Lord Coe indicates that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.
Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid celebrations to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The child beggars struggling to get by in the Indian capital, Delhi
The summer movies criticising US drone policies