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MSF 'disgust' at Afghan hospital claims

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it is "disgusted" by Afghan government justifications of the attack on its hospital in Kunduz.

Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch'

Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, officials and activists say.

Extreme poverty falls to record low

The World Bank says that for the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.

S Carolina floods 'once in 1,000 years'

South Carolina's governor says floods in the state are a once in a 1,000 year event, with at least six people killed as a result of the rains.

Portugal centre-right wins re-election

Portugal's governing centre-right coalition wins a general election that has been widely seen as a referendum on four years of austerity.

Doll captivates Australian rugby fans

North Queensland swept to victory in Australia's National Rugby League final on Sunday, but everyone is talking about NRL champion Johnathan Thurston's daughter's doll.

Many injured in Malta motor show crash

At least 26 people are hurt - five critically - as a supercar loses control at high speed and crashes into spectators at a motor show in Malta.

Baghdad's Green Zone opens to public

Baghdad's fortified Green Zone - home to Iraqi government offices and embassies - is declared open to the public for the first time in 12 years.

Hope fading in Guatemala landslide

Hopes are fading in Guatemala of more survivors of a landslide on the outskirts of the capital that has killed at least 95 people and left 300 missing.

French Riviera floods leave 17 dead

At least 17 people die after violent storms and flooding hit the French Riviera, including three elderly people who drowned in their retirement home.

Cargo ship hunt finds debris and oil

Rescuers searching for a cargo ship that vanished off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin say they have found life jackets, life rings and containers.

Liverpool sack manager Rodgers

Liverpool sack manager Brendan Rodgers an hour after the Premier League draw with Merseyside rivals Everton.

VIDEO: Roseburg: 'Don't take our guns'

The mass shooting at a college campus in Oregon that left eight students and a teacher dead has prompted an international debate about US gun control laws.

VIDEO: Refugees: Turkey is gateway to Europe

EU calls for Turkey to encourage refugees to stay.

VIDEO: Spike in Australian shark attacks

The number of shark attacks in New South Wales have been particularly high this year.

VIDEO: Flash floods tear through French Riviera

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

VIDEO: Oregon survivor 'saved by victim's blood'

The father of a woman who survived Thursday's college shooting in Oregon has said he believes the blood of one of the victims saved his daughter's life.

VIDEO: Syria: Assad 'Russian help is vital'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Russian intervention in civil war is vital to security of the whole Middle East

VIDEO: Kunduz bombing survivors speak to BBC

Some of those injured in the bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, speak to the BBC about their ordeal.

VIDEO: Synod opens amid gay priest row

A synod of Roman Catholic bishops on family issues has opened, following the revelation that a senior priest at the Vatican is gay and in a relationship.

Why Obama is powerless to reform gun laws

President Barack Obama says a majority of Americans want greater regulation of firearms, but the Republican Congress has its own political reality.

Singapore's students ready to be entrepreneurs

A new generation of Singaporean students is more ready to embrace risk as they search for satisfying careers, says Karishma Vaswani.

Can Pakistan and India ever live in harmony?

India and Pakistan's leaders may both want to settle their countries' differences - but there's little sign of them being able to do so, says Owen Bennett-Jones.

Can Nigerians stop being unruly?

Few Nigerians can deny they are unruly but Nigerian writer Abaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers whether they can change their behaviour as requested by their president.

Australia fugitive found in cupboard

An Australian prisoner who escaped from a New South Wales jail is found hiding in a kitchen cupboard after several weeks on the run.

China biker held for clocking 237km/h

A motorcyclist who reached the speed of 237km/h (147mph) in Beijing and went viral on social media is held by police for dangerous driving.

Businesses consider UK's EU question

A topic of debate at this week's Conservative Party conference will be the UK's relationship with Brussels ahead of a referendum due in 2017.

Merkel: VW scandal won't harm Germany

The Volkswagen emissions scandal was a "dramatic event" but would not inflict lasting damage on Germany's reputation, Angela Merkel says.

Crowdfunding site hacked data leaked

About 15 gigabytes of data including names, addresses and donations have been published online following a hack attack on crowdfunding site Patreon.

Routers 'vaccinated' by benign virus

More than 10,000 home routers have been 'vaccinated' by a benign virus that tries to harden them against cyber-attacks.

Martian blasts to top of film chart

Space thriller The Martian, in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, lands at the top of the North American box office chart.

Lethal Weapon set for TV remake

Lethal Weapon is to be the latest film to be remade for the small screen, after the Fox network decided to turn it into a TV show.

UN battle looms over climate costs

Divisions between rich and poor countries re-emerge as nations submit their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.

Supernova 'stream' in lab's sights

A global collaboration will aim to unravel the mysteries of neutrinos - also known as "ghost particles".

Asthma steroids 'could stunt growth'

Young children given asthma medication before the age of two may not grow to their full height in later life, a preliminary report suggests.

Study supports cancer link with height

A Swedish study of five million people appears to support the theory that height and cancer risk are linked.

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Ireland labour to a 16-9 win over Italy but the victory makes sure of their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

A stunning first 20 minutes from Arsenal sees them sweep aside Manchester United and go second in the Premier League.

A mother's search for her son 3,000 miles from home

When Fakhria left Syria, she embarked on the journey to northern Europe with her son and his family but they became separated in Hungary.

A nation of tall cheese-eaters

How a nation of cheese-lovers became the world's tallest

Blasts in Nigeria capital kill 18

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

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

Haze health fears shut Malaysia schools

Malaysia orders the closure of most of the country's schools amid health concerns over thick haze caused by Indonesian forest fires.

Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

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.

Pope opens synod amid gay priest row

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.

Brian Friel's funeral takes place

The funeral of the Northern Ireland-born playwright Brian Friel takes place in County Donegal.

Argentina 45-16 Tonga

Argentina stand firm against a powerful Tonga side to take a giant stride towards the World Cup quarter-finals.

Lula to be questioned in Brazil scandal

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

Assad warns of Mid-East destruction

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says a coalition between Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed "or else the whole region will be destroyed".

Jerusalem Old City ban follows killings

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

Oregon teen 'played dead' in shooting

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.

Deal ends Robin Williams estate battle

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.

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