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The Afghan parliament interrupts debate on a law to prevent violence against women, with conservatives calling for it to be scrapped.
Hundreds are expected at a rally in Cardiff ahead of planned strike action over school changes in the autumn.
English rituals marking the changing seasons
There have been violent scenes in the Spanish capital after Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup Final.
President Francois Hollande signs into law a controversial bill making France the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.
An emergency aid scheme for farmers facing difficulties with fodder shortages has come into will come into effect from midnight on Saturday.
The widow of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has called for the upcoming inquest into his death to be abandoned and replaced with a public inquiry.
At least 60 people have been injured after a commuter train derailed and collided with another just outside New York City.
Holders Warrington Wolves will face Huddersfield Giants in the quarter-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup
Russia publicly names the man it believes to be the US intelligence chief in Moscow, a breach of diplomatic protocol.
The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko calls for the inquest into his death to be abandoned and replaced with a public inquiry.
Flooding and landslides across nine southern Chinese provinces leave more than 50 people dead and 14 missing, officials say.
Remarks about Tory 'loons' dominate
A would-be robber had a lucky escape after he was struck by a bus, moments after he snatched a woman's mobile phone in Bogota, Colombia.
More than $1m (£650,000) worth of Chopard jewels, to be worn by stars for the Cannes film festival, are stolen from a hotel room in the city.
French police are investigating after jewellery was stolen from a hotel in Cannes.
OJ Simpson's former lawyer rebuts claims by his former client he botched his defence in an armed robbery case.
The good and the useless, according to psychologists
The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.
The US chides Russia for what it calls an "unfortunate decision" to send missiles to the Syrian government, saying it will prolong the suffering.