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French Riviera floods leave 16 dead
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:10:12 GMT

At least 16 people die after violent storms and flooding hit the French Riviera, including three elderly people who drowned in their retirement home.

MSF staff leave Kunduz hospital
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:22:34 GMT

Charity MSF says staff have left its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by air strikes it blames on US-led Nato forces

Pope opens synod amid gay priest row
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:55:48 GMT

Pope Francis opens a synod of Roman Catholic bishops focusing on teachings on the family, a day after a senior Vatican priest came out as gay.

Oregon teen 'played dead' in shooting
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:26:57 GMT

A teenager survived the Oregon shooting because she was covered in another victim's body and the attacker believed she was dead, her father says.

Israelis killed in Jerusalem attacks
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:57:09 GMT

Israeli police ban Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City after two Israelis were killed and three wounded in separate attacks.

Guatemala landslide death toll rises
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:00:04 GMT

The death toll from a landslide on a village 15km away from the Guatemalan capital rises to 73, with hundreds more feared missing, authorities say.

Floods trigger South Carolina emergency
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:53:35 GMT

US President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency in South Carolina, as rainfall is set to trigger more flooding across the east coast.

Portugal austerity faces election test
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:39:43 GMT

Portugal is voting in a general election seen as a referendum on four years of austerity under the centre-right government.

Russia vows to intensify Syria strikes
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:03:56 GMT

Russia pledges to intensify its air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, saying the bombing has significantly weakened the militants.

Deal ends Robin Williams estate battle
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:11:57 GMT

The wife and adult children of late US comic actor Robin Williams have ended their legal battle and reached a settlement on his estate, lawyers say.

VIDEO: Hairy start to world beard competition
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:12:03 GMT

An Austrian village is bristling with activity, as the World Beard and Moustache Championships get under way.

New York Jets ship toilet rolls to UK
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:45:51 GMT

The New York Jets ship 350 toilet rolls to London ahead of their Wembley clash with the Miami Dolphins because an intern said British toilet paper was "very thin" and the plumbing was inferior.

Pope Francis met gay couple in US
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:10:59 GMT

The pontiff had a private meeting with a gay couple last week in Washington, one of his guests tells the BBC.

Markets recover after US jobs figures
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:17:11 GMT

The US economy added just 142,000 jobs in September, lowering the chance of an interest rate rise this year.

Hunt for ship missing after hurricane
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:08:56 GMT

The US Coast Guard searches for a cargo ship with 33 crew - 28 Americans and five Poles - that vanished in Bahamian waters during Hurricane Joaquin.

Lula to be questioned in Brazil scandal
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:41:34 GMT

Officials investigating a corruption scandal at Brazil's state-run oil company will question ex-President Lula, the supreme court rules.

Blasts in Nigeria capital kill 18
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:34:18 GMT

A series of blasts rock the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja killing at least 18 people and injuring many more, officials say.

Burundi officials face EU sanctions
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:55:07 GMT

The EU imposes sanctions on three Burundi officials accused of ordering the use of excessive force against protestors, along with a coup plotter.

Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:41:07 GMT

A Japanese man is shot dead in Bangladesh by unknown attackers, the second killing of a foreign national in a week claimed by Islamic State.

Australia murder 'linked to terrorism'
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 03:46:56 GMT

Australian police say they believe a 15-year-old boy who shot dead a civilian police employee in Sydney had links to terrorism.

Migrant plea on German anniversary
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:32:15 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel marks the 25th anniversary of German reunification by urging a unified response to Europe's migrant crisis.

Ukraine 'weapons pullout begins'
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 12:54:14 GMT

Ukraine's government forces and pro-Russian rebels say they have begun withdrawing weapons from the line of contact in the east of the country.

Hajj dead arrive back in Iran
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:40:42 GMT

The first bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca arrive back in Iran, but scores are still missing.

Baghdad hit by deadly suicide bombings
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:38:46 GMT

At least 18 people are killed in two suicide car bomb attacks in a mainly Shia district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police say.

PM resists call to ease tax credit cut
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:35:54 GMT

David Cameron rejects calls to rethink cuts to tax credits for working families amid warning millions will lose out.

Bin lorry crash driver arrested
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:31:24 GMT

The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow killing six people has been arrested over claims he drove while banned.

Fifa sponsors say Blatter must go
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:00:31 GMT

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will not resign despite major sponsors, including Coca-Cola, calling for him to step down.

Putting car emissions to the test
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:15:33 GMT

Are you likely to get the same performance from your car as the lab tests suggest?

Amazon bars Apple and Google TV devices
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:12:45 GMT

Amazon bars the sale of Apple and Google video-streaming devices

Advocaat quits as Sunderland manager
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:33:02 GMT

Manager Dick Advocaat leaves Sunderland, who are yet to win in the Premier League this season.

No 'hasty reaction' to England exit
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:30:48 GMT

England's World Cup elimination will be dealt with "in the fullness of time", says RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.

Sunday's gossip column
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:35:14 GMT

Sunderland manager latest, Arsenal to offer Alexis Sanchez a new contract, Victor Valdes to Sevilla, plus more.

Krays film actor dies ahead of show
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:43:25 GMT

Actor Alex Giannini, who appeared in the film Legend about twin gangsters the Krays, has died ahead of a theatre performance in Plymouth.

JK Rowling dismisses Potter theories
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:31:51 GMT

The author, JK Rowling dismisses theories about Harry Potter put for forward by fans.

Fans snap up Glastonbury tickets
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:56:57 GMT

All 118,200 standard tickets for next year's Glastonbury music festival sell out in half an hour.

VIDEO: Flash floods tear through French Riviera
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:50:04 GMT

Violent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, killing at least 13 people with six more missing, officials said.

VIDEO: Catholic priest 'happy to be gay'
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:30:09 GMT

A senior priest at the Vatican has revealed he is gay, on the eve of a major meeting set to discuss the Catholic Church's teaching on family.

VIDEO: Hungary 'in no hurry to close borders'
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:49:17 GMT

Of the 180,000 refugees and migrants who entered Germany in September, 140,000 passed through Hungary.

VIDEO: Many dead in Guatemala landslide
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:38:59 GMT

Guatemalan authorities say the number of people killed when a hillside collapsed on houses in the village of El Cambray, 15km (nine miles) outside the capital, has risen to 56.

VIDEO: Farmers find woolly mammoth skeleton
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:58:55 GMT

Farmers in Michigan uncover a woolly mammoth skeleton in a soybean field.

VIDEO: Pakistan's first female fire fighter
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:02:35 GMT

Shazia Parveen is breaking taboos in Pakistan by becoming the country's only female fire fighter.

VIDEO: Oregon gunman killed himself
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:02:34 GMT

Police in the US state of Oregon reveal that the gunman who shot dead nine fellow students at a community college also killed himself.

VIDEO: Hurricane Joaquin lashes Bahamas
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:14:42 GMT

State of emergency declared for parts of the US east coast as Joaquin continues to move from the Bahamas towards Bermuda.

Has Narendra Modi's foreign policy bubble burst?
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:18:40 GMT

Has Narendra Modi's foreign policy bubble burst?

VIDEO: The app that will let you rate people ... and other trends of the week
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:43:18 GMT

The app that made people furious, and other trends of the week

Why Obama is powerless to reform gun laws
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:50:52 GMT

Why is it so difficult to change US gun laws?

Surviving the bullring for a comfy retirement
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:12:05 GMT

The animals that entered the bullring and survived

Singapore's students ready to be entrepreneurs
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:58:11 GMT

Singapore's students want to be entrepreneurs

Conflict and survival: Biology photo award
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:29:32 GMT

Shortlisted entries for Society of Biology photography award