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Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.
The Palestinian PM calls for the Gaza blockade to be lifted as part of a ceasefire deal, as diplomatic efforts continue to end the conflict.
Public libraries play a crucial role in community life far beyond the lending of books, people tell a Welsh assembly inquiry.
Apple reports quarterly profits of $7.75bn up 12%, helped by strong sales of its iPhone.
The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.
A Londonderry-based engineering firm is to create 40 new jobs after bringing a new investor on board.
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is to be towed away for scrap, as one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever goes on.
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled, with titles from around the world eligible for contention for the first time in its history.
Baroness Stowell rejects a Conservative offer to pay part of her salary, saying it would be a conflict of interest.
EU commissioners meet today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.
The first bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine are due to be flown to the Netherlands for identification.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has had his first meeting with the parents of the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist extremists.
The first UK cafe that uses out-of-date food
The US Supreme Court clears the way for Arizona to execute a murderer who had sought information about the lethal drugs to be used to kill him.
US video game publisher Electronic Arts reports a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.
Saudi Arabia's stock market will open up to foreign investors for the first time.
Models and conceptual drawings by famous car manufacturers
Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?
Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.