China rules out open nominations for the next Hong Kong leadership election, in a move likely to trigger anger among pro-democracy activists.
The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return".
US planes have made air drops and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.
Continuing clashes in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the toppling of PM Nawaz Sharif leave two dead and hundreds injured.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams.
Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive.
Lesotho's prime minister crosses into South Africa, accusing Lesotho's army of staging a coup and telling the BBC his life is in danger.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticises new US sanctions, saying they will harm negotiations over his country's nuclear programme.
Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago.
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents is found in Spain after his father defends their actions in a video.
The head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has one death sentence commuted to life in prison, but still faces another death penalty.
A 16-month-old baby in Switzerland dies after one of its parents went to work forgetting that the child had been left in the car.
A GPS tracking device being deployed by police in Florida enables officers to follow a vehicle without the need for a potentially dangerous high-speed pursuit.
A US flight bound for Europe diverts after a mid-air fight between passengers over legroom, in the second such incident in a week.
A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.
A US judge strikes down part of a Texas abortion law that would have closed more than a dozen clinics.
Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.
Most of 24 gold miners trapped underground in northern Nicaragua since Thursday have been rescued, officials say.
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak.
Ivory Coast will be disqualified from the Nations Cup if they forfeit their Sierra Leone qualifier over Ebola fears.
India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.
EU leaders appoint Italy's Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland's Donald Tusk as European Council President.
Ten captured Russian paratroopers and 63 Ukrainian soldiers have been exchanged following negotiations, Russian media report.
The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.
Kurdish forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic State, but retreating militants blow up three installations.
Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is poised to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role.
David Cameron welcomes a commitment by Donald Tusk, the new president of the European Council, to reach a deal with the UK on EU reform.
The Russian rouble falls to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation.
A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, has pushed the country into recession, latest figures show.