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Greeks vote in 'make-or-break' poll
Greeks vote in general elections, with the anti-austerity Syriza and the centre-right New Democracy parties seen as front-runners in a tight race.
India braces for Obama's Delhi visit
US President Barack Obama is due to arrive in India for a three-day visit, protected by one of India's biggest-ever security operations.
Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter
Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close flyby.
US planes targeted by bomb threats
Police search two aircraft at Atlanta's airport after receiving "credible" bomb threats - but later give the all-clear.
Japan PM outrage at 'hostage death'
Japan says it is seeking to verify a video that suggests hostage Haruna Yukawa has been killed by IS militants.
Rockets kill 30 in eastern Ukraine
Eastern Ukraine rebels have launched an offensive on the city of Mariupol, one of their leaders says, as rockets kill and injure dozens in the port city.
Lungu wins Zambia presidential poll
Defence Minister Edgar Lungu wins Zambia's presidential election for the governing Patriotic Front with 48.3% of the vote.
Venezuelans protest over shortages
Thousands of Venezuelans attend an opposition march blaming failed government policies for widespread shortages.
Spain arrests jihadist suspects
Four suspected Islamist militants "prepared and willing to attack Spain" are arrested in the Spanish territory of Ceuta bordering Morocco, police say.
Argentina probes key witnesses
Investigators continue to question key witnesses over the death of top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, whose body was found at his apartment a week ago.
Tangerine Dream's Froese dies at 70
Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German ambient electronic group Tangerine Dream, dies in Vienna at the age of 70.
VIDEO: Brazilians told to save water
Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country's most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930.
VIDEO: Body clocks and blindness
Our eyes are key to resetting our body clocks. So what happens to people who can't see anything at all?
VIDEO: Killer whale could be set free
In the next few days the authorities in the United States will decide whether to put killer whales on the list of endangered species.
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VIDEO: Should spelling be simplified?
The English Spelling Society is drawing up a list of proposals to make it easier for children to learn to spell, including removing silent letters.
VIDEO: What is King Abdullah's legacy?
Frank Gardner looks at the legacy of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died on Thursday
VIDEO: Goodbye gadgets: SkyMall files for bankruptcy
SkyMall, the catalogue found on most US airlines and popular for selling quirky products like garden gnomes and "orbit wheels", has filed for bankruptcy.
VIDEO: Mortdecai 'criminally fun to make'
Johnny Depp talks about his latest film Mortdecai and why he can sometimes be found on the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Who killed Alberto Nisman - and why?
The death of former state prosecutor Alberto Nisman leads to conspiracy theories and questions in Argentina, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports from Buenos Aires.
Abortion fight: House Republicans accused of 'incompetence'
Speaker John Boehner is attacked from the left and the right after a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks is derailed.
Little public appetite for electoral fray
The coming election campaign is likely to be closely fought and bad-tempered, says Rob Watson - but will the electorate be engaged?
Appy days: Must see tech stories
Rory Cellan-Jones, technology reporter and presenter of the Tech Tent radio show, gives a round-up of the BBC's coverage of the week's big tech stories.
VIDEO: Why Saudi matters - In 90 secs
Why does Saudi Arabia matter so much to the outside world? BBC News explains its significance - in 90 seconds.
Can Cuba get off US terrorism list?
The US and Cuba have begun their historic negotiations to re-establish diplomatic relations, but one US policy remains a stumbling block for Cuba.
This is what a 'poonado' looks like
Photographer Keri Wilk was in the water when a whale released an unusually large bowel movement.
Rare Sumatran tigers born at zoo
A trio of critically endangered Sumatran tigers cubs are born at Chester Zoo.
ECB warns over "weakened" EU project
A top official at the European Central Bank warns that unemployment and low growth are undermining the European Union.
Ukraine bailout 'credibility' boost
Ukraine's new finance minister Natalie Jaresko says a proposed bailout package from the International Monetary Fund will be "sufficient to rebuild credibility" in the country's economy.
Reporter jailed for stolen data links
A journalist with connections to the hacking collective Anonymous is sentenced to five years in jail after posting online links to stolen data.
US plans 'regulated' Bitcoin exchange
High-profile Bitcoin backers are seeking to establish a Bitcoin exchange in the US that would be overseen by mainstream financial regulators.
Cooper brings Elephant Man to London
Three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is to play the Elephant Man in London following the critical acclaim he has received for the role on Broadway.
Artes Mundi winner shares prize cash
Theaster Gates says he will share his £40,000 Artes Mundi winnings with the nine other shortlisted artists.
Jellyfish 'can sense ocean currents'
A jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current when forming their submarine swarms, say researchers.
Comet shows off its 'goosebumps'
Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta mission say they may have found evidence for how comets are formed.
Ebola vaccine 'shipped to Liberia'
The first batch of a vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia and trials are expected to start soon.
Falling Ebola cases 'turning point'
There has been a "turning point" in the Ebola crisis with cases falling in all three affected countries, World Health Organization officials say.
Dimitrov expects 'different' Murray
Grigor Dimitrov expects a tougher test from Andy Murray at the Australian Open than when he ended his Wimbledon reign.
Mourinho 'ashamed' of FA Cup exit
Jose Mourinho is "ashamed" by the loss to Bradford City, while Manchester City also lose on a day of shocks in the FA Cup.
The sheikh who listened to Nazi radio
Early in World War Two, Britain's agent in Sharjah noticed an alarming rise in support for Nazi Germany - so he slipped on a disguise to find out who was responsible.
The lost sons
The story two murdered teenage boys, an Israeli and a Palestinian, whose mistake was to stand by the side of a dark road.
Fake bank swindles China savers
Building was made to look just like a real bank with uniformed staff serving customers.
Ghana official wears wife's coat
Ruling party official laughs off criticism for donning the fur-trimmed number on visit to Germany.
UN 'not needed to defeat Boko Haram'
Nigeria does not need the help of UN or African Union troops to take on Boko Haram, the country's national security adviser tells the BBC.
Bid to raise AirAsia fuselage begins
Salvage teams begin an operation to raise the fuselage of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea last month killing all 162 on board.
Man linked to Jewish museum killings
Belgian authorities are looking for a possible accomplice of Mehdi Nemmouche, the gunman charged with killing four people at a Jewish museum in May.
Brazil in 'worst water crisis'
Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira says the country's most populous states are experiencing their worst water crisis since 1930.
World leaders pay respects in Riyadh
World leaders gather in Saudi Arabia to offer condolences after the death on Friday of King Abdullah at the age of 90.
US woman jailed for plotting IS help
A young Colorado woman is sentenced to four years in jail for trying to provide material support to the militant group Islamic State.
UK Ebola nurse 'happy to be alive'
British nurse Pauline Cafferkey tells the BBC she is "very happy to be alive" as she is discharged from hospital, having made a full recovery from Ebola.
UKIP MEP Bashir defects to Tories
A UKIP MEP has defected to the Conservatives, but his former party said it had suspended him over financial and employment concerns.
£2.9bn child support 'uncollectable'
Billions of pounds owed in child maintenance may never be recovered, government accounts show - though ministers say the debts are not "forgotten".
Junior rugby campaign urges silence
Parents and coaches at junior rugby matches in Yorkshire are being asked to watch in silence as part of a drive to "challenge pitch-side behaviour".
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