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Mosul battle: Iraqi army prepares offensive on west of city

Islamic State militants remain in control of western Mosul, their last urban stronghold in Iraq.

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against 'punishment beatings'

Boris Johnson tells the EU not to treat the UK's Brexit "escape" like a "World War Two movie".

CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

Intelligence briefings, flying saucer sightings and psychic tests are all part of the archive.

Trump's views are '100% different' to Putin's, says Alexey Navalny

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny says Mr Trump's attitude towards Mr Putin is "strange".

Italy weather: Quakes hit snowbound central regions

Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche suffer quakes, with tremors felt as far away as Rome.

Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund

The payment to the UN Green Climate Fund was announced three days before Donald Trump takes office.

Joe Biden tells Davos: Russia 'trying to collapse' liberal order

The outgoing US vice-president uses his final major speech in Davos as a rallying call for liberals.

Babies remember their birth language - scientists

Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.

The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh's term extended by parliament

MPs vote for The Gambia's leader to stay in power for another 90 days rather than step down on Thursday.

German fury at AfD Hoecke's Holocaust memorial remark

A right-wing leader in Germany provokes outrage for condemning the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source

The Wikileaks source will walk free in May, but critics call the decision "a grave mistake".

Natalie Portman on playing Jackie Kennedy

The actress says her latest role is "a portrait of grief and incredible sorrow".

Israeli policeman and Bedouin killed during clashes over demolitions

The violence erupted over the demolition of illegally built homes in a Bedouin village.

Sophie the Giraffe: How safe is it?

After mould is reportedly found in the popular children's toy - should parents be worried?

Moth with 'golden flake hairstyle' named after Donald Trump

The moth, which has a wingspan of just over a centimetre, was discovered in California.

Travelling from China to London

China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade.

On the banks of two majestic US rivers

Jon Kay talks to people working on the busiest US inland waterway about maintaining the locks, and what Donald Trump could do for them.

The Gambia sees British and Dutch tourists leave after new advice

Tourists were told to leave The Gambia following President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to hand power to the president-elect.

Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack

Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.

Who is Chelsea Manning?

President Obama is commuting the 29-year-old's sentence.

Syrian conflict: What's left of Aleppo's Great Mosque?

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has visited the site of Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque to see what's left after the war in Syria.

'Inspiring, determined, kind': Who are these London schoolgirls describing?

Some of the British schoolgirls who met Michelle Obama in 2015 pay tribute to the outgoing US first lady.

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Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols

Flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying are all common features of toilets in Japan.

Kim Kardashian will appear in the all-female Ocean's Eight

The all-female Ocean's Eight film adds two new cast members - Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.

Jeremy Bowen: Returning home to ruins of East Aleppo

Large areas of East Aleppo are like ghost towns, but some families are returning to their old homes or moving into unoccupied buildings, says Jeremy Bowen.

Gordon Corera: Why did the Zimmerman Telegram matter?

Marking the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest of all feats of code-breaking

James Reynolds: Who was second-longest serving US president?

After extensive research the BBC's James Reynolds reveals the answer you have all been waiting for.

How often do planes fall on houses?

Plane crashes in residential areas are extremely rare, largely because of the skill of pilots in a crisis.

Is free trade good or bad?

Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.

Gambia political crisis: What happens next?

A political crisis is growing in The Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh refuses to admit electoral defeat and has declared a state of emergency.

In pictures: Prize pigeons

Photographs from inside a Turkish pigeon auction in Sanliurfa.

Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Africa's top shots: 7 - 13 January 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Keeping the slopes open

Photographer John Vink captures the work behind the scenes keeping the ski slopes open at Saint Sorlin d'Arves in France.

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray through after Dan Evans stuns Marin Cilic

Britain's Dan Evans stuns seventh seed Marin Cilic at the Australian Open, before Andy Murray also progresses to the third round.

James Ellington & Nigel Levine 'conscious and stable' after crash

British sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine are "conscious and stable" following a motorbike accident in Spain.

Antonio Brown: Pittsburgh Steelers player faces punishment for live locker room video

Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown faces punishment for broadcasting a live video of head coach Mike Tomlins's post-game locker room speech.

Mud hut periods

BBC Nepali reporter Krishnamaya on that tradition that forces menstruating women into outhouses.

Awaiting the cut

The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.

Obama and Africa

As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa.

The secret university

Iran's Bahai minority is forbidden from studying at university - but they have a way round it, at least until it comes to postgraduate degrees.

Golden idea

Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.

Shock of the nude

The BBC's Siobhann Tighe was unsure what to do when she boarded a bus and sat next to a man watching porn on his mobile phone. Here readers tell their own stories of porn in public.

'Nobody's people'

In 1991, the world's largest refugee camp opened in Kenya to shelter Somalis fleeing war.

Love to the rescue

Melissa Dohme was viciously stabbed more than 30 times by her ex-boyfriend. She survived against all the odds and found love in an unexpected place.

Enduring lessons

How Australia's deadliest train crash - 40 years ago on Wednesday - reshaped its response to disasters.

'Girly girls' in the workplace

Could a club for "girly girls" really help improve female equality in the workplace?

Bridging the urban-rural divide

Could experts at Davos find the right formula to shaping urban policies that will create progressive cities?

Bill Gates, Shakira and Brexit

It's that time of year that sees politicians, chief executives and a few Hollywood stars rubbing shoulders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. But why should we care?

Elites in retreat?

Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of populism have left the world's "liberal elites" reeling. Can Davos, their ideological habitat, survive?

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