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Opposition wins Nigeria election
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:06:04 GMT

Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria's presidential poll, in the country's first ever election victory by the opposition.

Bloody end to Turkey hostage crisis
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:44:40 GMT

A Turkish prosecutor and two gunmen who took him hostage have been killed after a shootout in Istanbul, officials say.

Lufthansa knew of co-pilot depression
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:10:49 GMT

The Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed Lufthansa's flight school in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode", the airline says.

Deadline for Iran talks extended
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:21:00 GMT

Nuclear talks between world powers and Iran will continue past a midnight deadline into Wednesday, US officials say.

'Alarming' rise in death sentences
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:51:06 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International says there was an "alarming" increase in death sentences in 2014, with almost 500 more issued than in 2013.

US lifts Egypt weapons freeze
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:56:21 GMT

President Barack Obama has told his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, that the US will resume military aid to Egypt, frozen since 2013.

EU milk quota system is abolished
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:02:31 GMT

EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.

Iraqi forces in 'major Tikrit push'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:22:06 GMT

Iraqi forces have made major advances against Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit - retaking the government headquarters, officials say.

Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:28:09 GMT

MPs remove Omar al-Hassi as head of Libya's Islamist-backed alternative government in Tripoli amid allegations of financial irregularities.

Indiana to 'fix' law on religion
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:25:54 GMT

The governor of Indiana has said that he wants state lawmakers to "fix" a religious freedom law that has created a national outcry by the end of this week.

Turkey hit by massive power cut
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:50:02 GMT

A huge power cut hits dozens of provinces across Turkey for several hours, causing transport chaos.

Evidence links China to GitHub attack
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:03:32 GMT

Security researchers say "innocent" internet users are unwittingly carrying out the attack, most likely hijacked by the Chinese government.

Indian police collect cow 'mugshots'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:54:27 GMT

Police carry out unofficial cow census after Indian state outlaws their slaughter for beef.

Ants in space grapple with zero-g
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:09:26 GMT

A study finds that ants on board the International Space Station still use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds.

Boston bombing defence finishes
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:09:38 GMT

The defence in the Boston Marathon bombing trial rests its case against defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with 30 counts related to the attack.

Falcons lose pick after fake noise
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:57:07 GMT

NFL side Atlanta Falcons lose their draft pick for 2016 and are fined $350,000 for using fake crowd noise at home games.

Peru prime minister deposed in spy row
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:53 GMT

Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara is sacked by Congress over allegations that the country's spy agency gathered information on thousands of Peruvians.

Buenos Aires empty as strike hits
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:29:52 GMT

Residents of Buenos Aires woke up to empty streets on Tuesday as a one-day strike by transportation workers began.

Mining massacre report given to Zuma
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:48:34 GMT

The findings of an inquiry into the killings of 34 workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa are given to President Jacob Zuma.

Reading project wins Lindgren Award
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:56:32 GMT

Praesa, a reading project aimed at children and young people in South Africa, is named the winner of the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Myanmar drafts ceasefire with rebels
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:44:43 GMT

Myanmar's President Thein Sein witnesses the signing of a draft ceasefire deal between the government and 16 rebel groups, which the UN says is "historic".

Tokyo ward certifies 'gay marriage'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:26:24 GMT

The Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first place in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships.

Fatal storms hit northern Europe
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:46:23 GMT

Four people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK.

France scraps payment for sex fines
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:09:26 GMT

France's Senate rejects a planned 2013 law penalising people who pay for sex and decides to maintain the offence of soliciting.

Yemen 'on verge of total collapse'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:15:06 GMT

The UN's human rights chief warns Yemen is "on the verge of total collapse", as Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombard Houthi rebels.

IS militants 'kill' Syria villagers
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:28:09 GMT

Islamic State militants kill at least 30 people, including women and children, in a government-held village in central Syria, activists say.

Bosses sign letter supporting Tories
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:33:17 GMT

More than 100 company leaders declare support for a Conservative-led government as Labour pledges to end "exploitative" zero hours contracts.

Care system 'gets biggest shake-up'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:04:24 GMT

Major changes to the care system in England, dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years, are being introduced, while Scotland merges NHS and care budgets.

Buffett 'wouldn't raise US rates'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:59:58 GMT

The billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, says if he ran the US Federal Reserve, he wouldn't raise interest rates significantly.

HP files $5.1bn Autonomy lawsuit
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:40:08 GMT

HP sues Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch and ex-finance officer Sushovan Hussain, as Autonomy's former management says it will launch a counter-claim.

Eurozone deflation eases in March
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:45:00 GMT

Deflation in the eurozone eased during March while the rate of unemployment dipped slightly in February, figures show.

Italy 1-1 England
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:20:03 GMT

Andros Townsend's second-half equaliser earns England a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly in Turin.

Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde Islands
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:21:06 GMT

Portugal rest captain Cristiano Ronaldo and suffer a shock defeat at home to African side Cape Verde Islands.

Murray reaches 500 career wins
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:13:28 GMT

Andy Murray reaches 500 career wins with victory over Kevin Anderson at the Miami Open, beating the South African 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Clarkson live tour set to go ahead
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:09:02 GMT

Jeremy Clarkson is to appear on planned live dates with his former Top Gear co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, BBC Worldwide announces.

Dutch royals to return Nazi art
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:39:49 GMT

The Dutch royal family says it will return a painting believed to have been confiscated from Jewish owners during World War Two.

Williams family to talk out of court
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:15:45 GMT

The wife and adult children of late actor and comedian Robin Williams agree to meet outside court to try and resolve their dispute over his belongings.

VIDEO: Joy and elation on Nigeria streets
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:07:58 GMT

Muhammadu Buhari's win in Nigeria's presidential election has triggered mass celebration in the northern city of Kano.

VIDEO: 'Homophobic' Indiana bill 'needs fix'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:14:29 GMT

The governor of Indiana is calling on lawmakers there to "fix" a controversial law meant to protect religious freedoms.

VIDEO: Turkey siege ends in deadly shootout
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:46:45 GMT

Turkish security forces storm a courthouse in which a prosecutor was being held hostage by members of an outlawed Marxist group.

VIDEO: Police hunt Colombia drug baron
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:47:47 GMT

A massive police hunt is under way in Colombia for a man known as "Otoniel" who is said to run an enormous drug trafficking empire.

VIDEO: Syrian conflict: A mother's story
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:37:43 GMT

The BBC's Lina Sinjab spent the day with Um Bassam, a Syrian Palestinian mother of five who fled Syria for Lebanon.

VIDEO: Ultra-thin models could face jail
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:46:12 GMT

Models with a BMI of less than 18 could be fined or sent to prison, under legislation being considered by France.

VIDEO: Young surfers taught to save lives
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:38:47 GMT

The number of people drowning in Australian has continued to fall as children are being taught to be safe in the water.

VIDEO: Trying to tackle albino abuse with film
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:40:59 GMT

A new film is trying to raise awareness of the plight of albinos in Tanzania and Malawi.

How Ukraine rebels rely on Russians
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:12:18 GMT

Rare evidence of key Russian role in Ukraine combat

Saudi Arabia fights pull of Islamic State
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:31:43 GMT

Riyadh tries to counter the pull of Islamic State among its citizens

Brave new world for EU dairy farmers
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:01:35 GMT

Farms vie for market share as EU milk quotas go

America's most generous con artist
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:53:47 GMT

The man who gave his forgeries to museums - and fooled them

I nearly drowned in chocolate
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:55:30 GMT

The Syrians who nearly died in a tank of melted chocolate

Trevor Noah's funniest jokes
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:48:06 GMT

New Daily Show host on Ebola, race and Oprah