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Syria rebels 'in push to break Aleppo siege'

Rebels in Syria announce an offensive aimed at breaking the government's siege of eastern Aleppo.

Oregon stand-off: Wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal

Leaders of a militia who took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon are cleared, in a surprise verdict.

UK Uber drivers win work rights case

UK employment tribunal rules that Uber drivers are entitled to holiday pay and National Living Wage.

Mosul Iraq battle: 'Tens of thousands of civilians' used as IS human shields

So-called Islamic State is using thousands of civilians as human shields in Mosul, the UN says.

US election: Clinton 'eyes Biden for top diplomat job'

Joe Biden is tipped for the secretary of state job if Hillary Clinton becomes president - US media.

Philippines Duterte: God told me to stop swearing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will clean up his language after God gave him an ultimatum.

Brisbane bus driver dies after being set on fire by passenger

A bus driver has died in Brisbane, Australia, after a passenger threw an "item" which set him on fire, say police.

US economic growth rate fastest for two years

The US economy grew at the fastest pace in two years in the third quarter, initial figures indicate.

Celebgate hack: Collins sentenced over nude photos theft

A Pennsylvania man is sentenced to 18 months in jail for hacking celebrity accounts.

Tony Blair: Options must stay open on Brexit

Tony Blair says there must be a way for Britons to "express their view" if they have a change of mind over Brexit.

Nigeria to spend $10bn to end conflict in oil-rich Niger Delta

Nigeria will invest $10bn (£8bn) on developing its oil-rich south in an attempt to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister says.

Mosul: IS goes on propaganda offensive

Mosul battle: IS goes on propaganda offensive

Power of the 'Michelle Effect'

US first lady Michelle Obama has appeared for the first time during the presidential election race with Hillary Clinton.

Living in the ruins of the Calais 'Jungle'

The BBC finds young people still living among the fires in the Calais migrant camp known as the 'Jungle'.

'I killed my rapist when he came back for my sister'

A young Tunisian woman was photographed naked by a friend of her father's. He then used the images to silence her - until one day she snapped and took a bloody revenge. This story is part of the BBC's Shame series, which examines a disturbing new phenomenon - the use of private or sexually explicit images to blackmail and shame young people, mainly girls and women, in some of the world's most conservative societies. Explore all the stories and join the conversation at

Can a comic teach South Africa's young hustlers?

A South African businessman is trying to spread the entrepreneurial spirit, through a comic book.

Is two-child policy changing China?

One year on from the relaxation of China's one child policy, what impact has it had?

The robotic caterpillar powered by light and other news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

Japan etiquette video discourages applying make-up on trains

A Japanese rail company causes anger by telling commuters that doing make-up on the train is "ugly to see".

Brazil boy regains smile after losing all his teeth

Boy who lost all his teeth at the age of three regains smile and story goes viral in Brazil.

John Sudworth: China's forbidden babies still an issue

John Sudworth investigates the role of the state in China's family policy a year on from the end of the one-child rule.

Katy Watson: Good news for Honduras' murder capital

The BBC's Katy Watson reports on how investing in CCTV and deploying the army may have helped reduce the crime rate in Honduras, once the murder hot spot of the world.

Daily dig: Taking the Trump bathrobe test

With just 11 days to go until election day, Donald Trump's sheets come under scrutiny, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have a love-in and Gary Johnson denies being a dummy.

Reality Check: Is UK still the world's fifth biggest economy?

Does the falling value of the pound mean that the UK economy has fallen behind France?

Will new constitution bring peace to Ivory Coast?

The people of Ivory Coast are going to the polls on Sunday to approve or reject a draft constitution which the government says will address the question of identity which have been at the heart of years of unrest.

Shanghai long ago

Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai by English photographer William Saunders go on show in London in first public exhibition devoted to his work.


Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme of "Shadows".

Concrete Canvas

After nearly three years of war, South Sudanese artists want to get the country thinking and talking about peace, and have landed on a novel way to do it.

Snowdonia in autumn

Casgliad o luniau'r hydref yn Eryri // Images of Snowdonia in all its autumn glory

In pictures: Living off-grid

Photographer Ed Gold explores the woodland community at Tinkers Bubble in Somerset.

Bangladesh v England: Moeen & Stokes in fightback after Tamim century

England trail by 170 runs at 50-3 after the first day of the second Test, having taken the final nine Bangladesh wickets for 49.

Celtic's Scott Brown overturns Scotland retirement decision

Celtic captain Scott Brown reverses his decision to quit international football and is available to face England.

Wales quartet Warburton, Lydiate, Lee and Amos sign new dual contracts

Wales internationals Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate, Samson Lee and Hallam Amos sign extensions to their national dual contracts.

Halloween blackface

It would be unacceptable today - but times were very different.

Pirates in government?

Iceland's Pirate Party could make history by entering a coalition government after Saturday's election.

Blinded at 14

Photographer Abid Bhat documents the story of 14-year-old Insha Mushtaq, who lost vision in both her eyes after being hit by pellets in Indian-administered Kashmir.

'We need progress'

Russia's high-speed trains have revolutionised rail travel - but life by the tracks has much less glamour, Seva Boiko reports.

7 days quiz

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

How 'Jungle' was torn down

Dramatic images of the operation to clear the Calais 'Jungle' camp, which saw nearly 6,000 migrants evacuated.

Snowden's 'guardian angels'

Fundraiser launched for those who helped hide NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Hitler's last days

A replica of Adolf Hitler's bunker, where the German dictator spent his final days at the end of World War Two, has opened in central Berlin inside a former Nazi air raid shelter.

Bonsai cooking

Miniature cooking craze sweeps the internet.

Lost riches

Can Brazil's "oil capital", Macae, bounce back after the Petrobras scandal?

Why is US voter turnout so low?

After a long campaign, it's less than two weeks before millions of Americans cast their votes. But turnout could be as low as 50%. Why do so few people vote?

US election: Ready to get married, but divided on who to vote for

Gretchen and Tom are engaged. But she's voting for Clinton and he's voting for Trump.

Excited Clinton fan? Really?

A left-wing news outlet with close ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign is trying to highlight the Democratic candidate's most passionate supporters.

US election: What Trump interviews with biographer tell us

More than five hours of previously unreleased interviews with Donald Trump have been released to the New York Times. What do the tapes tell us?


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