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US tells Turkey and Russia to end row

US President Barack Obama urges Turkey and Russia to calm tensions over the downing of a Russian warplane and to focus on fighting IS militants.

Faulty part 'factor' in AirAsia crash

Faulty equipment and the crew's response were among factors that caused an AirAsia plane to crash last December, killing 162 people, Indonesian officials say.

Zuckerberg to give away 99% of shares

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan say they will give away 99% of their shares as they announce the birth of their daughter Max.

US to deploy special force to Iraq

The US is to deploy a specialised force to Iraq to build pressure on Islamic State militants, says US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.

Blast at Istanbul metro station

An explosion hits a metro station in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a district mayor saying it was caused by a bomb.

People cheered 9/11, says ex-NYC mayor

The former mayor of New York City says some people celebrated when 9/11 happened, but Donald Trump was wrong to say there were thousands.

French mayor plans 'volunteer guard'

The far-right mayor of the French town of Beziers plans a volunteer force to boost police during the national state of emergency after the Paris attacks.

Cuba doctors face fresh travel curbs

Cuba reinstates controls on doctors willing to travel abroad saying its health services have been "seriously affected" by the loss of specialists.

US police chief fired over teen death

The mayor of Chicago asks his police chief to resign in the wake of the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

IS 'recruiters' go on trial in Paris

Seven men go on trial in Paris accused of recruiting fighters for the so-called Islamic State group, in the first such trial since the 13 November attacks.

COP21: Coal plans to derail 2 degrees

Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants around the world are built.

Penguin zoo death baffles German police

Police in the German city of Dortmund investigate the death of one penguin and the disappearance of two others from the local zoo.

VIDEO: China smog: 'Sky dark from air pollution'

Schools and factories have been shut as large sections of northeast China are covered by hazardous smog.

VIDEO: Residents on Pacific island 'must move'

The BBC's Matthew Price reports from the Pacific island of Vanuatu, described by some as being on the "front line of climate change".

VIDEO: Putin and Erdogan talk tough over jet

Russia’s President Putin and Turkey’s President Erdogan are trading increasingly hostile words since the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey.

VIDEO: Jurassic footprints found on Skye

Scientists find footprints - left by some of the biggest dinosaurs ever to have walked on Earth - in a bay on the Isle of Skye.

VIDEO: Migrants stranded at Greek border

Macedonia has become the latest country to restrict the flow of migrants entering the country, erecting a fence on its border with Greece.

VIDEO: Inside Pistorius' former prison cell

Media have been shown inside Oscar Pistorius' former cell, ahead of an appeals court decision on his manslaughter conviction.

VIDEO: Yacht owner's expensive mistake

A yacht owner in California made an expensive mistake when his boat became stuck on a tidal wall.

VIDEO: Agency told model to slim 'down to the bone'

A model who was told she needed to lose weight and get ''down to the bone'' before she would be signed up to an agency's books is lobbying the government for better healthcare for models.

Russia's missiles send robust signal

Russia sends a strong signal by deploying the powerful S-400 surface-to-air missile system in Syria, says BBC Defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus.

Does Turkey really get its oil from Islamic State?

It is doubtful whether Vladimir Putin genuinely believes his accusation that Turkey is so committed to the smuggling of Syrian oil that it would shoot down a Russian jet to protect it, says energy analyst David Butter.

Are there 70,000 Syrian 'moderates' ready to back UK?

Analyst Michael Stephens says the British government has oversold the strength of its potential allies in Syria, whilst simultaneously underselling the strength of others.

Twitter turns Pope into a rapper

A photo of Pope Francis goes viral on social media after he was captured in a classic rapper pose during a visit to Central African Republic.

Fairy lights 'slow' wi-fi speeds

Christmas tree lights might be slowing your wi-fi speeds warns watchdog Ofcom as it releases an app that can check for interference.

Volkswagen US sales fall by 25%

German carmaker Volkswagen sees its US sales fall by 25% in November as a result of the continuing emissions scandal.

Africa business tycoons 'highly corrupt'

Business executives are the most corrupt group in Africa after police officers, and five other interesting findings from a corruption survey.

Security of net firms scrutinised

A security expert has conducted an audit of the UK's biggest ISPs and found some worrying bugs.

Cloud storage services to face inquiry

An investigation is to be launched into whether internet users are being charged unfairly when they use internet cloud storage services.

Adele tickets: Personal data 'breached'

Fans buying tickets for Adele's tour tell the BBC they have been shown the address and credit card details of customers other than themselves.

Bollywood star must give 'slap apology'

India's Supreme Court told a Bollywood actor to apologise to a fan whom he slapped seven years ago while he was shooting a film.

Safer way to do gene editing

Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate - vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.

Bid to drill deep inside Earth

Scientists set out this week to drill a hole into the Indian Ocean floor to try to get below the Earth's crust for the first time, testing theories about the make-up of the crust on the way down.

Brazil links fever to birth defects

The Brazilian health ministry confirms a link between a mosquito-borne virus from Africa, Zika Fever, and a high incidence of birth defects.

New Ebola death after Liberia all-clear

A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials tell the BBC.

Woods has 'nothing to look forward to'

Tiger Woods says he does not know when he will play golf again as he continues his rehabilitation after back surgery.

Manchester City 4-1 Hull City

Manchester City reach the League Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in seven seasons by easing past Hull City.

Why do so many people hate US airports?

Air travel in the US ceased to be glamorous a long time ago. Today's passengers often have a list of complaints from long waits and lack of space to funny smells. What went wrong?

A legacy of fry-ups and red postboxes

The Queen has been visiting Malta, a former British colony where she lived in the early years of her marriage. But just how British is Malta now, asks Juliet Rix.

Nigeria ex-security adviser 'arrested'

Nigeria's ex-national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been arrested for allegedly stealing $2bn meant to fight Boko Haram, his representatives say.

Kenya warning after 'terror drill' death

Kenya's police chief warns universities not to carry out security drills without his approval after a woman died in an exercise which went wrong.

NY Times cover story blanked out

The local printer of the International New York Times in Thailand refuses to print one of its articles, leaving a blank space on its cover page.

US marine guilty of transgender killing

A US marine is found guilty of killing a Filipina transgender woman, in a case which has strained ties between the US and the Philippines.

German cabinet approves IS mission

The German cabinet backs plans for military support in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and MPs are expected to vote this week.

Fifa sponsors demand reform overview

Five sponsors of football's world governing body Fifa write to its executive committee to demand "independent oversight" of reforms.

Colombian forces kill top ELN rebel

A senior member of the ELN rebel group in Colombia, Jose Daniel Perez, is killed in fighting with the security forces in Santander province.

Brazil's recession deepens in third quarter

Brazil's economy shrank by 1.7% in the third quarter of the year deepening the country's worst recession in 25 years.

Syria jihadists release Lebanese troops

Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate has freed 16 Lebanese security personnel held captive for almost 16 months as part of a swap deal, officials say.

Qatar 'shame' over labour reform

Amnesty International says Qatar has done 'almost nothing effective' to end labour exploitation since winning the 2022 World Cup bid five years ago.

Four held in 'racial' protest shooting

Four men are charged in a shooting at an encampment outside a Minneapolis police station that left five protesters wounded.

Alaskan mayor found dead in home

Police are investigating how the newly elected mayor of Alaska's state capital came to be found dead in his home.

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Russian TV rewrites history in Litvinenko drama

Russian TV rewrites death of Alexander Litvinenko

What happened after one man compared Saudi Arabia to Islamic State

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Turkey-Russia row: Presidential war of words

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Sectarian terror fears grip Bangladesh

Bangladesh lurches from secularism to sectarian strife

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