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Some of Kinshasa's residents have big aspirations for DR Congo - so much so that they have started renaming suburbs with the names of faraway capital cities whose style they admire.
Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests.
Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy pays tribute to US reporter James Foley, who has apparently been killed by the Islamic State.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about how the situation in Gaza has affected his orchestra of musicians from both sides in the conflict.
Violence subsides but protests continue over the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, as 47 arrests are made.
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi.
Anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are advancing towards parliament, breaching a designated secure zone in the capital Islamabad.
The Civil Aviation Agency is consulting on changes which would allow the owners of vintage planes to take paying passengers on flights.
From hacking cars to traffic lights - behind the scenes at a cyber-security conference, Def Con.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of girls under 18, who have fled the conflict in Syria, being forced into early marriages, the United Nations has told the BBC.
A Bradford company which revamps old Citroen 2CVs says more of the cars are being sold to France.
With Chinese households getting richer, a growing number of people are investing their cash in American real estate.
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, after a series of earthquakes in the region.
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is arrested on drug-related charges, Chinese state media say, amid an ongoing crackdown on drugs.
A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.
In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, rising prices have forced almost two million people out of their homes over the years, and many now live in cemeteries.
Australian MP Clive Palmer has been criticised after he launched an extraordinary attack on the Chinese government, live on national TV.
The War Horse is due to take to the stage in China next year. Carrie Gracie reports from Beijing where rehearsals are taking place.
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in different parts of the world.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have recaptured Mosul dam from the Islamic State militant group, US President Barack Obama says