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Public service broadcasters are coming under increasing pressure to justify their funding models all over the world, writes Rebecca Kesby.
In an exclusive BBC interview, President Ma of Taiwan says he is disappointed not to have made more progress with President Xi Jinping of China.
How a Dutch fashion designer is putting devices into clothes to help clean the air.
The Japanese comics that are too racy for Chinese censors
How ancient ruins inspired US architecture
The BBC has witnessed more heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine as rebel forces appeared to attack Ukrainian army positions with mortars and a tank on part of the front line in the east of the country.
Speaking in a rare interview with the BBC, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou says he is disappointed there has been no reliable progress towards democracy on mainland China.
In 1984, Ove Joensen decided to row 900 miles from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen. He finally made it two years later.
Shelling is reported in south Yemen despite a humanitarian truce declared by Saudi-backed pro-government forces coming into force.
In a season when Formula 1 has been called boring, the Hungarian GP was packed with chaos, drama and heroic drives.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome tells spectators he will "always respect" the yellow jersey and "never dishonour it".
Turkey calls a special Nato meeting to discuss military operations against the Islamic State group and Kurdish PKK separatists.
At least 13 people are killed as a huge bomb explodes at a hotel in the Somali capital that is often used by officials and foreign diplomats.
Nigerian police say a girl aged about 10 has carried out a suicide bombing in the city of Damaturu, killing at least 16 people.
Synchronised swimming events featuring men and women are the "future" say the winners of the event's first World Championship gold.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is getting "closer and closer" to signing a new contract, says manager Arsene Wenger.
Team Sky's Chris Froome becomes the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice as the three-week race finishes in Paris.
Chris Froome says he will "never dishonour" the yellow jersey after becoming the first Briton to win two Tour de France titles.
Lord Sewel is facing a police inquiry after quitting as House of Lords deputy speaker over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.
How a former Wallabies captain built a business empire