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Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, arrested last week over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, insists he is innocent.
Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, which trades commodities, is being probed by the police and market regulators over alleged financial irregularities.
Why Cuba is investing in the sweet stuff
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, state media announces, amid cooling relations after weeks of tension.
A "stocktake" of UK nature suggests 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years - and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
Landmark ruling could halt Israel's seizure of Palestinian property
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen pays tribute to the man who killed himself in the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying it was a "political act".
A sweeping immigration bill that would offer a chance of citizenship to millions living in the US illegally takes a stride forward in Congress.
Nick Clegg insists the Liberal Democrats will not "pull the plug" on the coalition government ahead of the next general election.
Spotlight on Chile's masked protest movement
Can China harness its millions of cheap graduates?
Up to 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside British troops are set to be given the right to live in the UK, under government plans.
EU leaders will seek to curb tax evasion, which costs EU states 1tn euros a year, and bring down energy prices to boost competition.
Getting ready for bookless libraries
US tax officials tells a congressional hearing they did not know their agency had targeted conservative groups.
Two Spanish tourists are kidnapped in north-western Colombia while driving to a tourist attraction in La Guajira, near the Venezuelan border.
The rescue effort after the Oklahoma twister that killed 24 people nears an end, as it emerges the storm was more powerful than thought.
Shares on Wall Street picked up on Tuesday to a new all-time high as investors bet that the US central bank would continue supporting the economy.
The country's economy still caught in contradictions
Two prominent figures in Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are barred from standing in next month's presidential election.