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US envoy survives Korea knife attack
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:43:33 GMT

A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, with the North calling it a "knife shower of justice".

Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:23:01 GMT

A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants has forced about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says.

Top US circus to end elephant act
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:51:08 GMT

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.

Facebook rant lands man in UAE jail
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:06:17 GMT

An American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US.

US tries to reassure Gulf over Iran
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:42:37 GMT

The US will keep an eye on "destabilising" acts by Iran despite moves towards a nuclear deal, John Kerry says on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

'Watergate' leak at German spy agency
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:10:28 GMT

German intelligence tackles a flood after taps are mysteriously removed at its unfinished HQ in Berlin, in a scandal dubbed 'Watergate'.

Liberia releases last Ebola patient
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:36:37 GMT

Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.

India threatens BBC over rape film
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:24:11 GMT

India's home minister says action will be taken after the BBC aired a documentary in the UK featuring an interview with a convicted rapist.

Tanzania albino killers face death
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:12:00 GMT

Four people, including the victim's husband, are sentenced to death in Tanzania after being found guilty of murdering an albino woman.

NZ 'spying on Pacific neighbours'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:34:38 GMT

New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden say.

Singapore to cane German vandals
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:10:10 GMT

Two German nationals are sentenced to caning and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing.

Clashes near Aleppo intelligence HQ
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:39:08 GMT

Fierce clashes are reported in the Syrian city of Aleppo, near an intelligence facility attacked on Wednesday, as a barrel bomb attack kills 18.

Hall and Oates sue over cereal name
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:42:49 GMT

Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm claiming their granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trademark.

'Celtic prince tomb' found in France
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:43:10 GMT

An "exceptional" tomb from the 5th Century BC likely to be that of a Celtic prince is unearthed on the outskirts of Lavau in France's Champagne region.

Clinton ready to make emails public
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:16:37 GMT

Hillary Clinton responds to a growing controversy over her emails when she was a US secretary of state by urging officials to release them swiftly.

'Wholesale change' urged in Ferguson
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:15:27 GMT

US Attorney General Eric Holder calls on police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, to take immediate action after finding widespread racial bias.

Brazil raises rates to six-year high
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:56:03 GMT

Brazil's central bank lifts interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% in an attempt to restrain inflation.

Bolivia ex-drug czar Nina arrested
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:36:37 GMT

Bolivia's former drug car Gen Oscar Nina is arrested on suspicion of having links to drug trafficking, Bolivian officials announce.

Nigeria mob victim 'not bomber'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:31:44 GMT

A woman who was beaten to death in Nigeria on suspicion of being a suicide bomber was in fact mentally ill and not involved in terrorism, according to police and her family.

Kenyan TV channels end blackout
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:16:26 GMT

Three popular Kenyan TV channels are due to return to air, ending a three-week protest in which they turned off their digital signals.

China premier unveils economic goals
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:53:50 GMT

China's Premier Li Keqiang unveils a lower growth target and vows tighter environmental controls as he opens parliament's annual session.

Thousands stranded at Nepal airport
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:23:54 GMT

Thousands of people are left stranded after a plane skids off the runway at Nepal's only international airport, forcing its closure.

Ukraine parliament backs bigger army
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:11:34 GMT

Ukraine's parliament passes a new law to increase the size of the armed forces to counter the threat from pro-Russian separatists in the east.

EU in new pledge to cut red tape
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:52:17 GMT

A top Brussels official in charge of slimming down EU regulations, Frans Timmermans, vows to keep the EU focused on priority areas.

Iran 'frees envoy held in Yemen'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:37:18 GMT

An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen for more than 18 months has been freed following an intelligence operation, officials in Iran say.

France seeks 1982 attack arrests
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:42:39 GMT

A judge in France issues arrest warrants for three people suspected of being behind a 1982 attack on a Jewish restaurant in Rue des Rosiers in Paris.

Cameron hits back after coward claims
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:49:39 GMT

David Cameron denies claims he is running scared from a head-to-head TV debate with Ed Miliband, as he puts forward proposals for a seven-way debate instead.

Teacher jailed for Syria 'jihad' plan
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:30:32 GMT

A chemistry teacher from Manchester who was planning to travel to Syria "to fight jihad" is jailed for six years.

China sets 2015 growth target at 7%
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:40:33 GMT

China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.

ECB raises eurozone growth forecast
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:37:51 GMT

The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.

McDonald's in antibiotic chicken move
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:19:37 GMT

The world's biggest restaurant chain, McDonald's, is to phase out the use of chicken injected with antibiotics important to human medicine.

Cisse sorry for spitting incident
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:43:10 GMT

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologises for part in spitting incident between him and Manchester United's Jonny Evans.

Australian Hunt banned over cocaine
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:17:28 GMT

Queensland Reds full-back Karmichael Hunt is banned for six weeks by the Australian Rugby Union for cocaine possession.

Warburton and Biggar fit for Wales
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:26:35 GMT

Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar are passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff.

Pharrell denies Blurred Lines claim
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:41:22 GMT

Pharrell Williams denies copying Marvin Gaye's Got to Give It Up for the hit single Blurred Lines, but says he may have been "channelling... that late-70s feeling".

Gift Horse trots in Trafalgar Square
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:04:56 GMT

Gift Horse, a skeletal sculpture which displays a live feed from the London Stock Exchange, has been unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

India media: Rape film ban
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:11:44 GMT

Most prominent papers back the BBC's film on Delhi gang rape, but others see it as "anti-women".

VIDEO: The 'baby rappers' of the banlieues
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:15:07 GMT

A video showing children singing about guns, women and violence caused a huge controversy on French social media.

VIDEO: India film: 'The ban is misguided'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:43:02 GMT

Film-maker Leslee Udwin has described the authorities' banning of her documentary in India as 'misguided' and warns that it 'will muzzle free speech'.

VIDEO: Inside Mexican drug lord's cave hideout
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:21:54 GMT

The leader of the Zetas drugs cartel, notorious for its violence, has been arrested in Mexico by security forces.

VIDEO: Ambassador filmed moments after attack
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:18:29 GMT

The US ambassador to South Korea was attacked in Seoul by a man who slashed him with a knife.

VIDEO: Chinese 'maternity tourism' to US
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:10:13 GMT

Many Chinese women are travelling to the US to give birth, a phenomenon known as maternity tourism.

VIDEO: UN push for localised Syria ceasefire
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:28:57 GMT

The BBC's Lyse Doucet has been speaking to the UN's envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura

VIDEO: Worldwide risk of massive flooding
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:56:28 GMT

The World Resources Institute warn that the number of people affected by river flooding around the world could almost triple over the next 15 years.

VIDEO: Mine survivor speaks of horror
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:28:38 GMT

Some 33 miners are feared dead in a suspected methane gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine.

Flying in to see the home of Mexico's fallen drug lord
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:35:37 GMT

Mexico basks in the capture of two top drug lords

'I, Russian Occupier': The hit propaganda film
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:43:30 GMT

Why Russian imperialism is good - according to a viral video

Day in pictures
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:17:54 GMT

Striking images from around the world over the past 24 hours

Why has the Nobel Peace Prize chairman been demoted?
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:36:28 GMT

What lies behind Nobel Peace chairman's demotion?

How Iran's feminist genie escaped
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:21:02 GMT

How Iran's revolution let a feminist genie out of its bottle

Ethiopian cinema focuses on prostitution
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:49:57 GMT

Director tackles social issues in Ethiopia without shame

Wind turbines take to the skies
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:31 GMT

Is wind power coming of age with new turbines?

The campaign to rename Selma bridge
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:39:41 GMT

Why does famous Selma bridge bear name of a KKK leader?

Is Venezuela losing faith in president?
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:39:42 GMT

Party faithful start to question Venezuela's president