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Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:40:19 GMT

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:16:14 GMT

New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says his country will not default on its bailout debts, as bank stocks lose more than 25% of their value.

North Korea leader to visit Russia
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:57:35 GMT

Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be Kim Jong-un's first overseas trip as leader.

New resignations hit Germany's Pegida
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:09:18 GMT

The new leader of Germany's controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.

Jordan offers IS prisoner swap
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:32:28 GMT

Jordan offers to free an Iraqi prisoner for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State after the group threatens to kill the pilot and another hostage.

Iran picks new United Nations envoy
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:32:07 GMT

Iran has selected Gholamali Khoshru as its ambassador to the United Nations in New York, less than one year after the US rejected its first choice.

Apple profit 'biggest in history'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:22:28 GMT

Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.

US warns of more sanctions on Russia
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:41:23 GMT

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Cape Town honours last white ruler
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:07:06 GMT

Cape Town's city council votes to rename a street after South Africa's last white ruler despite opposition from the national governing party.

India sex-test ad ban for tech firms
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:16:00 GMT

India's Supreme Court orders internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block adverts for tests that determine a child's sex before birth.

Suicide attack against Mali Tuaregs
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:51:45 GMT

Suicide bombers and armed attackers kill about a dozen people in an assault on Tuareg rebel positions in northern Mali, security sources say.

Drone firm blocks White House flights
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:50 GMT

Chinese drone-maker DJI is to prevent its kit from flying over much of the US capital, following the crash of one of its aircraft into the White House lawn.

Florida cat crawls out of grave
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:37:01 GMT

A cat in Florida who was presumed dead after being run over appears five days later having somehow escaped its grave.

Irish post returns Santa letter
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:02:01 GMT

Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an "insufficient address" sticker.

E. coli found in Winnipeg water
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:14:37 GMT

Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply.

US north-east digs out of heavy snow
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:24:46 GMT

Residents of New England are digging out after up to 36in (91cm) of snow fell in a day-long blizzard that caused power cuts and paralysed travel.

Mexico insists 43 students are dead
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:40:25 GMT

Mexico's attorney general insists that 43 students who disappeared four months ago were killed and their bodies burnt and disposed of.

Argentina Jews boycott memorial
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:34:15 GMT

Jewish groups in Argentina boycott the government's Holocaust memorial, in protest at the investigation into the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Nigeria army 'warned of Baga attack'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:43:14 GMT

Nigeria's army failed to protect Baga's civilians despite warnings that militants were going to attack, rights group Amnesty International says.

First step towards saving rhino
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:54:28 GMT

Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Sri Lanka reinstates chief justice
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:37:54 GMT

Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.

India cancels child-killer execution
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:22:07 GMT

An Indian child-murderer convicted in a case dubbed "the house of horrors" escapes execution, as a court commutes his sentence to life in prison.

Greece markets hit by default fears
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:02:04 GMT

Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday after the new anti-bailout government appeared determined to defy the country's international creditors.

Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:23:06 GMT

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of Fifa.

Houthis release Yemen leader's aide
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:52:49 GMT

Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen free the chief of staff of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi who they abducted 10 days ago.

Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:26:09 GMT

Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.

Juror doubt at serial killer verdict
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:37 GMT

The foreman of the jury which convicted serial killer nurse Colin Norris tells the BBC he now believes the man is innocent.

Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:42:07 GMT

Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.

Bank governor warns on eurozone
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:06 GMT

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".

Fed to remain 'patient' on rate rise
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:58:39 GMT

The US Federal Reserve reiterates that it will be patient in raising interest rates, but adds it is weighing "international developments".

Boeing reports soaring profits
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39:35 GMT

The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing has reported a 19% rise in fourth quarter net earnings to $1.47bn.

Costa charged after 'stamp' on Can
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:56:18 GMT

Chelsea's Diego Costa is charged by the FA for allegedly stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can and may face a three-game ban.

Arsenal sign £11.2m defender Gabriel
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:05:31 GMT

Arsenal sign defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal with striker Joel Campbell moving the other way on loan.

Ronaldo gets two-match ban after red
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:34:37 GMT

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is given a two-match ban following his red card in the win over Cordoba on Saturday.

Selma star defends Benedict Cumberbatch
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:02 GMT

David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in Selma, says it's "ridiculous" to attack Benedict Cumberbatch for using the term "coloured" during an interview.

H is for Hawk wins Costa book prize
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:54:52 GMT

Helen Macdonald wins the Costa Book of the Year Award for 2014 for her personal account of trying to train a goshawk after the death of her father.

Ghostbusters: Female stars confirmed
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:45:47 GMT

Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig confirms.

VIDEO: Icy blizzard brings Boston to halt
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:29:00 GMT

The blizzard which narrowly missed New York on Tuesday has instead dumped up to a metre of snow on New England in the US.

VIDEO: City of snipers: BBC goes inside Benghazi
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:41:10 GMT

The BBC's Feras Killani reports from Benghazi, where pro-government forces have been fighting Jihadist militants.

VIDEO: Ex Greek PM: 'My conscience is clear'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:26:47 GMT

Former Greek PM George Papandreou tells Newsnight he does not feel guilty about signing up to austerity

VIDEO: Fire headcam shows home alone rescue
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:19:08 GMT

Fire fighters in Fresno, California save three children from a burning apartment.

VIDEO: Inside Libya: Living with fear
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:40:02 GMT

The BBC's Ian Pannell travelled to Libya's capital to discover a country now in the hands of militias.

VIDEO: Veteran news anchor reveals he has ALS
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:18:54 GMT

Veteran US news presenter Larry Stogner has revealed he has an incurable neurological disease live on air.

VIDEO: Tanks found in Brazil warehouse
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:58:23 GMT

Two tanks are found in a warehouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, puzzling the authorities.

VIDEO: How Apple made 'biggest profit ever'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:04:53 GMT

US technology giant Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company.

Could Greece tilt towards Russia?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:38:02 GMT

Could Greece tilt towards Russia?

The village that just got its first fridge
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:18 GMT

The village that has just got its first fridge

Fighting for the spoils of Libya's revolution
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:05:02 GMT

Libya's perilously thin semblance of normality

Argentina's spy agency in the crossfire
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:47:47 GMT

Why Argentina's spy agency faces dissolution

In pictures: Destruction in Kobane
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:23:34 GMT

The devastation in battle-scarred Kobane

Letter from Africa: Soweto still burning
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:58:38 GMT

Why township anger turns on foreigners in South Africa

India's illegal market for blood
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:08:43 GMT

The desperate patients in India turning to illegal blood donors

South Sudan children swapping guns for books
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:08:40 GMT

Back to school for South Sudan's once-feared child soldiers

Anti-Semitism exposes legal gaps in Europe
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:17:39 GMT

New anti-Semitism in Europe poses legal challenge