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UN proposes Libya unity government

The UN envoy for Libya proposes a national unity government, after months of negotiations between the country's two rival authorities.

Russian missiles 'fell in Iran'

Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian Sea on Wednesday landed in Iran, unnamed US officials say, but Russia insists they all hit their targets.

Probe captures Pluto's 'blue sky'

The New Horizons mission returns its first colour image of Pluto's atmospheric hazes and shows them to have a blue tinge.

France train attack hero stabbed in US

Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero after an attack on a French train, is stabbed in Sacramento, California.

'Rogue' Brazilian policemen arrested

Police in Brazil arrest nine of their fellow officers suspected of carrying out a series of killings on the outskirts of Sao Paulo in August.

VW's US boss offers 'sincere apology'

Volkswagen's US boss makes a "sincere apology" to US lawmakers for installing "defeat devices" to cheat emissions tests on its diesel cars.

Fifa needs external president - IOC

Fifa needs a "credible external presidential candidate" to replace the suspended Sepp Blatter, says the IOC president.

Rome mayor resigns over expenses row

Rome's embattled mayor, Ignazio Marino, steps down over allegations he paid personal restaurant bills using official funds

McCarthy out of race to be US Speaker

Republican Kevin McCarthy is dropping out of the race for Speaker of the US House of Representatives, surprising many who favoured him to win.

Nigerian city in new Ebola scare

A new Ebola scare is reported in the southern Nigerian city of Calabar, a year after the country was declared free of the virus.

Nauru backtracks on refugee pledge

Nauru has rowed back on a pledge to process within a week all 600 outstanding refugee claims from asylum seekers at an Australia-funded centre.

First ancient African genome sequenced

A 4,500-year-old African genome reveals how our ancient ancestors moved back and forth between continents.

VIDEO: Child refugees still dying at sea

The latest to lose their life at sea was a baby boy found washed up on the shores of Kos.

VIDEO: Inside the reclusive North Korea

A BBC team has been granted rare access inside the reclusive state of North Korea.

VIDEO: The battle in Syria's skies

The battle in Syria's skies explained in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: VW boss apologises for emissions scandal

Volkswagen's US boss Michael Horn has said he would like to "offer a sincere apology" over the emissions scandal.

VIDEO: Kashmir lawmakers brawl over beef row

A Muslim lawmaker from Indian-administered Kashmir is beaten up in the state assembly by members of the Hindu nationalist BJP for hosting a "beef party".

VIDEO: Drone flies over sea to deliver package

A Singaporean package delivery firm flies a t-shirt and letter to a small island - but how long will it be before the tech is ready for regular use?

VIDEO: Pakistan earthquake: Ten years on

Shaimaa Khalil reports on a school where students are studying outdoors, 10 years after a major earthquake in Pakistan.

VIDEO: Worker left dangling from Houston bridge

A contractor working for the Texas Department of Transportation is left dangling from a Houston bridge before rescuers manage to pull him to safety.

The changing face of North Korea

What should we make of North Korea? It's the most isolated country on the planet with a leadership which boasts that it has nuclear devices. Steve Evans is there and reports that it is a country which is changing.

Syrians in Turkey: 'We just want a normal life'

Turkey hosts more Syrian migrants than any other country, but there they face a limited welcome, writes Selin Girit.

Why emerging economies are slowing down

As the IMF and World Bank meet in Peru, economics correspondent Andrew Walker looks at how emerging economies have been slowing down.

Will Guinea election be free and fair?

Voters in Guinea go to the polls on 11 October in what is the West African country's second democratic presidential election since independence - we look at what is at stake.

VIDEO: Lifeguards dive in to rescue whale

Lifeguards are usually called upon to help swimmers and surfers who have run into difficulties, but a whale was the subject of an unlikely rescue in Florida on Thursday.

Ancient horse-like foetus discovered

The 48-million-year-old fossilised remains of a horse foetus have been described by scientists.

Fed believed US could handle rate rise

Federal Reserve minutes revealed it believed that the US economy could have coped with an interest rate rise.

'Bond King' Bill Gross sues Pimco

Former Pimco bond trader Bill Gross is suing his former employer for wrongful dismissal and claiming $200m in damages.

UK firms develop drone-freezing ray

Three British companies have created a device to deter drones from entering sensitive areas by freezing them mid-flight.

Games voice actors approve strike

The US actors who voice video games have voted to strike over pay and conditions unless agreement with publishers can be reached soon.

Alexievich wins Nobel Literature prize

Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich wins the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature.

Craig wants to 'move on' from Bond

James Bond star Daniel Craig has said he would only do another Bond movie "for the money", ahead of the release of Spectre in November.

EU assesses insects-as-food risks

The European Food Safety Authority publishes its initial risk assessment of using insects as a source of protein for human consumption and animal feed.

Ancient recording of core's birth

A reassessment of ancient rocks leads scientists to estimate that Earth's inner core started to form earlier than was previously thought, around 1.3 billion years ago.

Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed

The scale of the growing financial problems in the NHS in England will become clearer later, when the latest accounts are published.

First week with no new Ebola cases

The three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic record their first week with no new cases since the outbreak began in March 2014.

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Northern Ireland qualify for their first major championships since 1986 by beating Greece 3-1 on a brilliant night at Windsor Park.

Klopp confirmed as Liverpool manager

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp signs a three-year contract to succeed Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager.

The billion-dollar ex-council flat

The saga of the billion-dollar Scottish flat

Has America already had a female president?

Has America already had a female president?

Hayatou in temporary charge of Fifa

Caf president Issa Hayatou takes temporary charge of Fifa after football's world governing body suspends Sepp Blatter.

Spain dismisses Rwanda war crimes case

Spain revokes arrest warrants for 40 Rwandans for revenge killings after the 1994 genocide, following changes to its universal jurisdiction laws.

Indonesia asks for forest fire help

Indonesia's president has asked for international assistance to put out forest fires that have sent a thick haze over the country and its neighbours.

Jewellery sells for record price in HK

A string of natural grey pearls and a Kashmir sapphire break world records at an auction in Hong Kong.

Messi to stand trial for tax fraud

Lionel Messi will stand trial on tax fraud charges, a court in Spain rules, rejecting a request to drop charges against the Barcelona striker.

EU force to speed up deportations

EU ministers agree to beef up the bloc's border force Frontex in order to speed up deportations of failed asylum seekers.

Guatemala mudslide victims to get homes

Guatemala announces it will build new houses for families left homeless by a devastating landslide which killed more than 200 people last week.

US indicts Honduras football boss

A Honduran ex-minister and president of Marathon football club, Yankel Rosenthal, is charged in Miami with drug trafficking and money laundering.

Israelis injured in more stabbings

Seven Israelis are wounded and a suspected attacker is shot dead in a new wave of stabbings, while a Palestinian is killed in the West Bank.

'Deadly attack' on Yemen wedding party

At least 13 people have been killed an explosion at a wedding in a rebel-held village in Yemen, medics say.

Clinton takes aim at Wall Street abuse

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has outlined her plan to curb Wall Street abuses.

Murdoch sorry for 'real black' tweet

Rupert Murdoch apologises for tweets suggesting US President Barack Obama is not a "real black president" and supporting Ben Carson.

Helping Kalimantan at the heart of the haze

Helping Kalimantan amid forest fires

In pictures: A Portrait of British Songwriting

Exhibition focuses on the work of UK songwriters and their working processes

The creature with the key to immortality?

The creature that holds the key to immortality?

The forgotten woman pilot who flew Spitfires and bombers in WW2

The forgotten woman pilot who flew Spitfires and bombers

Svetlana Alexievich: Exposing stark Soviet realities

Nobel winner helped to shred Soviet myth and propaganda

Quiz of the week's news

Why did a US sports team fly 350 toilet rolls to London?

Feeding the children of Boko Haram's victims

A man who feeds the children of Boko Haram's victims

Water is a high price for Lima's poor

Why Lima's poorest have to pay so much to get a drink

How is the world's first solar powered airport faring?

Inside the world's first solar powered airport