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Pistorius given five years in jail
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:03:19 GMT

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:21:13 GMT

Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the chief executive of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:41:30 GMT

Dominican-born US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 82, says his family.

Man walks again after transplant
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:31:50 GMT

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:15:59 GMT

A leading human rights group says it has strong evidence Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned by many other states.

Pair retract Thai murder confessions
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:40:01 GMT

Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand retract their confessions, lawyers say.

China growth slows to five-year low
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:20:21 GMT

China's economy grows at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures.

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:16:56 GMT

The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).

Hong Kong officials meet students
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:39:49 GMT

Hong Kong officials begin talks with student leaders to try to resolve the political impasse that sparked weeks of pro-democracy street protests.

Canada hit-and-run man 'radicalised'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:33:30 GMT

A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car before he was shot dead by police had been "radicalised", Canada's PM says.

Nepal plans tighter rules on treks
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:20:12 GMT

Officials in Nepal plan to introduce tougher controls of the country's trekking industry, a week after 41 people died in blizzards.

India suspend tours to West Indies
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:57:51 GMT

India suspend all future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision to abandon their tour of India last week.

Chechen leader demands horse apology
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:12:30 GMT

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants Germany to say sorry to his horses after freezing their prize money.

Singing nun releases 'Like a Virgin'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:22 GMT

Italian nun who won the The Voice releases Madonna's 1984 hit as her debut single.

Exiled Nazis collected US benefits
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:47:32 GMT

The US has paid dozens of exiled Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social benefits after forcing them to leave the country, a new report finds.

Bodies of seven women found in US
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:19:43 GMT

A man in the US state of Indiana confessed to a motel murder and directed police where to find more bodies - and six more were found.

Rewards for Mexico missing students
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:38:29 GMT

The Mexican government offers rewards totalling $4.75m (£3m) for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.

Chile arrests former Pinochet aide
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:12:08 GMT

Chile arrests Col Cristian Labbe, former aide to ex-military leader Augusto Pinochet, over the killings of 13 political prisoners in the 1970s.

Ebola-hit nations get key supplies
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:55:50 GMT

Vital supplies to tackle Ebola are beginning to arrive in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the worst-hit countries, Ghana's president says.

Somalia orders UK passport seizure
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:32:02 GMT

A court in Somalia orders the seizure of a local radio station owner's UK passport after he is accused of threatening national security.

Gough Whitlam dies at the age of 98
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:11:50 GMT

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.

Australian teen surfaces in IS video
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:54:07 GMT

An Australian teenager who joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria surfaces in a video addressing PM Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama.

Total boss dies in Moscow air crash
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:28:27 GMT

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total since 2007, has died after his plane crashed during take-off in Moscow.

Sweden steps up 'mystery sub' hunt
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:27:47 GMT

Sweden steps up its search in waters off Stockholm and tells some civilian vessels to leave the area amid suspicions of a Russian submarine.

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:36:48 GMT

Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:41:49 GMT

Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Woman dies after being hit by tree
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:23:07 GMT

A woman dies after being hit by a falling tree in high winds in London, while three people are injured in a separate incident in West Sussex.

Pregnant duchess appears in public
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:23:44 GMT

The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first public appearance since announcing her second pregnancy.

Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:15:40 GMT

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.

Lufthansa strike declared legal
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:44:49 GMT

German airline Lufthansa fails in a court bid to force its pilots to call off their strike, while union leaders warn of more action.

Amazon agrees e-book pricing deal
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:40:43 GMT

Online retailer Amazon reaches a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster over the pricing of e-books.

Pistorius faces five-year IPC ban
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:51:35 GMT

Paralympic chiefs say Oscar Pistorius cannot compete in IPC events for five years after he is jailed for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

Real's Bale misses Liverpool game
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:07 GMT

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale misses Wednesday's Champions League game at Liverpool because of a thigh injury.

Man Utd's best display - Van Gaal
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:41:58 GMT

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are disappointed not to beat West Brom after their "best match of the season".

Protests against controversial opera
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:18:52 GMT

Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer.

Banksy's Pierced Eardrum vandalised
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:41:46 GMT

A new mural by street artist Banksy in Bristol is vandalised less than 24 hours after the work appeared.

Turtles attack UK box office
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:53:42 GMT

The reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has topped the UK and Ireland box office, ending Gone Girl's two week run at the top.

VIDEO: 'Nazis' who left US still got benefits
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:04:09 GMT

The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US.

VIDEO: British medics head to Sierra Leone
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:30:33 GMT

Some 80 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.

VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:22:02 GMT

The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the front line in north-east Syria.

VIDEO: Doctor on sister's Ebola death
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:48:33 GMT

Dr Olivet Buck died after contracting Ebola while treating patients in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

VIDEO: Bodies of seven women found in US
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:01:05 GMT

The bodies of seven women have been recovered in the US state of Indiana as a man confessed to a recent murder and led authorities to more.

VIDEO: Baghdad: Where one bomb is a quiet day
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:03:29 GMT

The regularity of bombings in Baghdad makes fire-fighting a busy and dangerous profession.

VIDEO: 'The rebels beat me with guns'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:45:45 GMT

In the first part of his road trip across Ukraine ahead of parliamentary elections, Steve Rosenberg meets a candidate who was persecuted by pro-Russian rebels.

VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:09:37 GMT

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Oscar de la Renta: Life and work in pictures
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:42:03 GMT

The life and work of US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta

Hobbit find rewriting human history
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:32:06 GMT

Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink

Pumpkin riot shows US divisions
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:06 GMT

What did a riot at a pumpkin festival show about race in US?

VIDEO: Man v Subway
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:24:47 GMT

How racing the tube became a worldwide trend

Five ways Whitlam changed Australia
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:49:24 GMT

Five ways that late PM Gough Whitlam reformed his country

Day in pictures: 21 October
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT

A selection of news photos from around the world

Islamic State: The US volunteers who fight with Syria's Kurds
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:01:42 GMT

The Americans who have joined the Kurds in the fight against IS

What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT

What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites

Connecting India's offline millions
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:05:17 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring the internet to the masses