The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Critics laud one of the largest collections of Henri Matisse's "cut-out" artworks ever assembled for an exhibition opening at Tate Modern.
Syrian government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters have driven Islamist rebels out of the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, state media say.
Pro-Russian activists attack another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.
More than 70 people are killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital, Abuja, officials say.
Global trade will pick up speed and will grow by 4.7% this year and by 5.3% in 2015, says the World Trade Organization.
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
Why Syria's President Assad can be confident of his survival
Vietnam frees two high-profile political activists after the recent release of dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu, amid ongoing free trade talks with the US.
US retail sales saw their biggest gain in 18 months in March, official figures show, as the economy continues to gather strength.
An investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamist takeover plot of Birmingham schools has widened with 25 schools now under the spotlight.
At least 12 people die in forest fire sparked over the weekend in the hills around the Chilean city of Valparaiso.
US bank Citigroup announces it made profits of $3.9bn in the first three months of 2014, buoyed by narrowed losses on troubled assets.
Professional football player Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is arrested at the Los Angeles airport after making a bomb threat, police say.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met the families of people killed in the Christchurch earthquake of 2011.
A man who previously admitted to cannibalism is arrested again, this time on suspicion of cannibalising a young child, Pakistani police say.
Foreign amateur runners have been allowed to compete in a North Korean marathon for the first time in 30 years.
Critics say Baz Luhrmann's stage musical has failed to live up to the magic of his 1992 film, with the Sydney Morning Herald saying it "sparkles but falls short".
Struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announces a major recovery plan after net losses of 7.2bn euros in the past two years.
Crude oil prices rise in early Monday trading amid tensions in Ukraine, but fall again after Libyan protesters end their occupation of an oil port.
Sir Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, admits there are doubts around him making Sky's team for this year's race.