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Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:41:30 GMT

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Sony hack is 'US security issue'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:09 GMT

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT

Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

Children dead in Australian home
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:09:08 GMT

Eight children are found stabbed to death at a house in a suburb of the Australian city of Cairns, police say.

Putin seeks to ease economic fears
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:14:29 GMT

Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

US Secret Service is too 'insular'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:11 GMT

The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.

'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:28 GMT

Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC.

Top Taliban killings 'ineffective'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:33:31 GMT

A secret CIA report released by Wikileaks says strikes against Taliban leaders have had little impact on the group.

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:36:30 GMT

The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Boston bombing suspect in court
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:51:13 GMT

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in a US court for the first time since July 2013, ahead of his trial in January.

Carbon mission returns global maps
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT

Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

Man finds Elizabeth Gallagher for trip
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:38:34 GMT

A Canadian man finds a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to travel with after booking a three-week holiday before they split up.

Churchill painting sells for £1.8m
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:07 GMT

A painting by Sir Winston Churchill sells for almost £1.8m at auction, almost double the previous record for one of his artworks.

Two US states sue over marijuana
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:53:12 GMT

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

'Slenderman' accused to stand trial
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:46:27 GMT

Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.

Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:14 GMT

Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.

Farc rebels declare unilateral truce
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:50:43 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.

Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:47 GMT

Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approves changes to a tough new security bill.

US probes $2m Uganda 'currency scam'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:42:50 GMT

US authorities have arrested an American in Uganda for allegedly leading a large international counterfeiting ring.

Apple 'failing to protect workers'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:07 GMT

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

UN seeks North Korea ICC charges
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:59 GMT

The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.

Wilders faces charges of incitement
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:11 GMT

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT

Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.

Tests claim Ebosse died from beating
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:51:12 GMT

New tests claim Cameroon player Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating and not from an object thrown by fans.

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists jailed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:05:09 GMT

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists accused of torching churches and police stations after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi are jailed for up to 15 years.

Three 'murders' part of abuse inquiry
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:29 GMT

Detectives are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse involving politicians and establishment figures, as they appeal for information about an apartment block in London.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:34:37 GMT

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:18:20 GMT

The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key part of the reforms introduced by Congress following the financial crisis.

US stocks continue Fed-driven rally
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:50:26 GMT

US stocks close at record highs on Thursday, with the Dow Jones surging over 400 points, continuing a rally sparked by the Federal Reserve the day before.

Swiss interest rate to turn negative
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT

Switzerland's National Bank will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.

Balotelli gets one-match ban & fine
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:52:35 GMT

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli gets a one-match ban and £25,000 fine from the FA as punishment for his Super Mario post.

Garcia quitting 'new low for Fifa'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:51 GMT

Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.

Hamilton to lose senior engineer
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:34:44 GMT

One of Lewis Hamilton's key technical figures at Mercedes, Jock Clear, is to leave the team and move to Ferrari.

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT

Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.

Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT

Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.

George III drawing is uncovered
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:10 GMT

An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.

VIDEO: Mourning and rage after school attack
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:47 GMT

Pupils who survived a massacre at their school in Pakistan have been paying tribute to those who died.

VIDEO: CAR: Child soldier numbers 'doubles'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:47:14 GMT

International relief organisations say thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers in the Central African Republic.

VIDEO: Why Pakistan pupil wears bloody uniform
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:30:08 GMT

The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil meets Aqif Azeem, a survivor of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, who says the militants "will not defeat us".

VIDEO: MH17 victim's father recalls last goodbye
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:25 GMT

The father of Briton Ben Pocock, who was killed in July's MH17 air crash in Ukraine, recalls the moment he waved his son off at the airport

VIDEO: Burmese 'Buddha insult' trial starts
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:06:20 GMT

The BBC's Jonah Fisher looks at the back ground to a trial in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in which a New Zealander and two Burmese men are accused of insulting Buddhism.

VIDEO: Reactions to thaw in Cuba-US ties
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:46:04 GMT

The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.

VIDEO: India launches largest rocket
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:09 GMT

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.

VIDEO: Pakistan principal 'chose to stay'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:08:12 GMT

The son of the principal who died in the Pakistan school attack says Taliban militants had made a number of threats against the army-run school.

Mosul diaries: Poisoned by water
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:09:12 GMT

Residents of IS-run Mosul sick from drinking the river

Letter from Africa: The culture of sharing the cake
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:14:22 GMT

Why Nigerians clamour for riches when a relative is elected

De-radicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:01 GMT

Deradicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis

How are Venezuelans coping with tumbling oil prices?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:17:24 GMT

How Venezuelans are affected by falling oil prices

In pictures: Bangladesh oil spill clean-up
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:51:00 GMT

How local residents cope with Bangladesh oil spill

Budapest's underground escape craze
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:01:30 GMT

The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm

Viewpoint: Obama secures Latin legacy
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:53:37 GMT

Cuba policy secures Obama a Latin legacy

Is this Pakistan's watershed Taliban moment?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:09:24 GMT

Has the real war on terror finally started in Pakistan?

Putin's news conference: Five things we learned
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:11:19 GMT

Five things we learned from Putin's annual review

Luxembourg speaks for the Dutch
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:26:12 GMT

How Luxembourg came to represent the Dutch