BBC News with Marion Marshall
Syrian activists say their anti-government protests will continue, dismissing a renewed pledge by President Bashar al-Assad to set up a national dialogue. Just minutes after the speech, fresh demonstrations were reported in several cities. A spokesman for the activists said they were no longer just demanding reform but a change of government. Jim Muir reports from Beirut.
Within minutes of Mr Assad finishing his speech, protesters were out in the streets of Homs, the country's third biggest city. "This is the response to your speech," they chanted. "You and those around you are in the rubbish bin of history." As far as the protest movement is concerned, the speech contained nothing new, just a repeat of what they call the "empty promises" of reform and change that he's laid out before.
A court in Tunisia has sentenced the former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi to 35 years in prison. They were accused of corruption and drug trafficking and sentenced in absentia. In a BBC interview, Mr Ben Ali's lawyer Akram Azouri dismissed the verdict as politically motivated.
突尼斯法庭判处前总统本·阿里(Zine El Abidine Ben Ali)和他的妻子特拉贝西(Leila Trabelsi)35年的监禁。他们被指控贪污受贿和贩卖毒品，被缺席审判。在BBC的采访中，本·阿里的律师Akram Azouri驳斥该判决是出于政治目的的。
"This is a joke. This is a continuation of the political judgment that has already been issued and executed. And I'm very happy now I think that no court of justice can recognise this judgment."
The Libyan authorities say an attack on a compound owned by one of Colonel Gaddafi's closest advisers has killed 15 people, three of them children. They accuse Nato of using eight rockets to carry out the attack, which pulverised a country estate west of the capital Tripoli. Nato said its warplanes carried out a precision air strike against a key command-and-control site of the Libyan government.
The families of a group of doctors on trial in Bahrain for taking part in anti-government protests say they've been tortured into making false confessions. Prosecutors say the doctors took over Bahrain's biggest hospital as a base for anti-government protests in March. Human rights groups say the authorities are making an example of them by trying them in a military court. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Bahrain has been talking to the relatives.
The first government witness today accused them of a strange list of crimes, including stealing blood from the blood bank and transporting guns in ambulances. But interviews with families of several of the doctors reveal compelling evidence that they have been tortured. The wife of one of them told me why her husband had signed a confession.
"They didn't allow him to sit for three weeks. They will release his handcuff only when he want[s] to eat. There was no sleep because he was standing, standing and standing."
Representatives of north and south Sudan have signed an agreement to withdraw their troops from the disputed Abyei region and allow Ethiopian peacekeepers to move in. The move to demilitarise the area comes just three weeks before the south is due to secede from the north.
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In the largest sex discrimination case ever brought before a court, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the retailing giant Wal-Mart. One and a half million women employees had brought a class action suit in which they accused Wal-Mart of paying women less and giving them fewer promotions. Here's Paul Adams.
The court's ruling was all about what constitutes a class action suit, and here all nine justices agreed that this was a flawed case. The court concluded that it was simply not possible to lump together up to 1.5 million employees at 3,400 stores. Evidence of a general policy of discrimination was, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, "entirely absent". But that doesn't mean the court found no evidence of discrimination. The four most liberal justices, three of them women, wrote that Wal-Mart's predominantly male managers were steeped in a corporate culture that perpetuates gender stereotypes.
The vice president of football's world governing body Fifa has resigned. Jack Warner was suspended last month over allegations of bribery, but Fifa said those had now been dropped. Mr Warner was being investigated over a cash-for-votes scandal. Another Fifa executive committee member, Mohamed Bin Hammam, was also implicated. Fifa said Mr Warner had left of his own volition.
国际足联副主席杰克·华纳(Jack Warner)宣布辞职。上月，由于面临受贿指控，杰克·华纳(Jack Warner)被停职。但是国际足联表示，该决定现在已经终止。华纳因为收买选票丑闻接受了调查。国际足联另外一名执行委员哈曼(Mohamed Bin Hammam)也牵涉其中。国际足联表示，华纳意志力薄弱，被金钱收买。
A new report on the state of the world's oceans warns marine life is likely to go extinct at a rate unprecedented in human history. The study by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean concludes that the world's waters are in a poorer shape than had been imagined. Coral reef specialist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was one of the experts involved in the report.
关于世界海洋状况的新的报告警告称，海洋生命可能正在以人类历史上前所未有的速度灭绝。国际海洋状态研究项目的出结论，世界水域的状况比想象的更加糟糕。 珊瑚礁专家Ove Hoegh-Guldberg是撰写该报告的其中一位专家。
"The rate of change is vastly exceeding what we were expecting even a couple of years ago. So if you look at almost everything, whether it's fisheries in temperate zones or coral reefs or Arctic sea ice, all of this is undergoing changes, but at a much faster rate than we had thought."