The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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All children in England will need to know their 12 times table by the time they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary.
New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron.
A scheme that will use private contractors to rehabilitate prisoners who have served short sentences is due to start.
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Chelsea striker Diego Costa says there was no malicious intent behind his stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.
Equatorial Guinea beat Tunisia in controversial circumstances to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras seeks to repair relations with creditors, amid fears of a showdown over Greece's efforts to roll back austerity measures.
Former Colombian intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado is detained in Panama and flown to Bogota to face charges of illegal wire-tapping.
A video is released online purporting to show the beheading by Islamic State militants of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
Chelsea maintain a five-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.
The annual Carnival of Venice is under way
Bobbi Kristina Brown. daughter of late American singer Whitney Houston, is found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Georgia, US police say.
DR Congo forward Yannick Bolasie believes his side can become unbeatable after their 4-2 win over Congo in their Afcon quarter-final.
Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on ITV, has died aged 82, her family says.