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Merkel rules out Greek debt relief
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.
Left-wing party in Madrid mass rally
The far-left Spanish party, Podemos, holds a mass rally in the centre of Madrid looking to build on the recent victory of Syriza in Greece.
Williams wins sixth Australian Open
World number one Serena Williams overcomes illness to win her 19th Grand Slam title with a 16th successive victory over Maria Sharapova.
German ex-President Weizsaecker dies
German former President Richard von Weizsaecker, whose two terms in office spanned reunification, dies at the age of 94.
IS 'chemical weapons expert killed'
A chemical weapons expert working with Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in a coalition air strike, the US military says.
DNA tests for babies in Mexico blast
Nine babies who survived a gas explosion at a Mexican hospital are given DNA testing so they can be reunited with their parents.
Funerals for Pakistan mosque victims
Funerals take place in Pakistan for the victims of a suicide attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers which killed at least 60 people.
Cumberbatch calls for gay pardons
Benedict Cumberbatch and other campaigners call for thousands of Britons who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned, like codebreaker Alan Turing.
Italy MPs elect judge as president
Italy's parliament elects judge Sergio Mattarella as the country's president, on a third day of voting for the largely ceremonial post.
Prince's household 'like Wolf Hall'
Clarence House is fraught with rivalries that have led to it being compared to the court of Henry VIII, according to a new biography of the Prince of Wales.
Canadian PM seeks wider terror laws
Encouraging terror attacks against Canada will become a crime under legislation proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Woods shoots worst round of career
Tiger Woods records the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over-par 82 in the Phoenix Open.
VIDEO: Afghan cricket team heads to World Cup
The Afghan cricket team, which is less than two years old, is on its way to Australia to play in their first World Cup.
VIDEO: Tattoo expo: What is 'body modification'?
A look at different types of "body modification" as tattoo artists from around the world gathered in Caracas for the 2015 Venezuela Tattoo Expo this weekend.
AUDIO: 'I lost £18m lottery win by 7 seconds'
A Canadian man has lost a seven-year legal battle to claim half of a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot after the Supreme Court ruled he had bought the winning ticket a few seconds too late for it to qualify.
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VIDEO: The 11m 'ghost' residents of the US
New legislation in the United States aims to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US and apply for work permits but many are afraid to admit their status.
VIDEO: The Tibetan monk with 170 children
A Tibetan Buddhist monk took in 33 orphans after an earthquake in 2010 - now he is looking after 170 children.
VIDEO: Taylor Swift trademarks famous lyrics
Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States to prevent unauthorised use of her work on merchandise.
VIDEO: Would you let your firm microchip you?
A hi-tech office in Sweden offers to implant microchips under the skin of staff in bid to make some simple tasks easier.
Argentine politics in polarisation
Argentine politics is polarised by the death of a prosecutor and the president's confrontational response.
Can Islamic State move into South Asia?
Islamic State has its heartland in Iraq and Syria, but recent reports suggest it is building a presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. M Ilyas Khan asks how worried should people be.
VIDEO: Fifty shades of manipulation?
Will Gompertz discusses appropriation - and Fifty Shades of Grey - in his latest blog
VIDEO: China's record car numbers explained
As car ownership reaches record levels in China, BBC News looks at the numbers - and the impact.
Profile: Sinai Province militant group
Sinai Province is a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and carried out a string of deadly attacks in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
VIDEO: Talking kids' doll Cayla is hacked
Rory Cellan-Jones sees how Cayla, a talking child's doll, can be hacked to say any number of offensive things.
Venezuela 'US reporter' ad dropped
Venezuelan TV withdraws a tourism advert which features an image of a US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections.
Louis Armstrong Desert Discs online
Louis Armstrong's personal copy of his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs is among the recordings to be added to the show's online archive.
EU's Moscovici wants Greece in euro
EU financial commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells the BBC that Greece belongs in the eurozone, and vows to prevent a "Grexit".
Eurozone deflation gathers pace
Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.
Nokia name row with London start-up
Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".
Google agrees privacy policy changes
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.
Suge Knight held over LA death
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles.
Robbie Coltrane taken ill on flight
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is admitted to hospital in Florida with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a flight from London.
Controllers banking on Philae wake-up
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.
Study fells cosmic inflation claim
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.
Child obesity rates 'levelling off'
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.
Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'
Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.
Clarke denies Australia rift reports
Captain Michael Clarke denies he is in dispute with Cricket Australia after making 51 on his return from surgery.
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Manchester City prepare world record Ronaldo bid, Liverpool want Hannover's Stindl, Hull close in on Tottenham's Lennon, plus more.
The middle-class voters who can't resist Marx
When Greece's new leader gave his victory speech, flags were flying high. Supporters from across Europe celebrated an event which they are hoping will change the continent.
How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?
Gas terrified soldiers in WW1, but it killed comparatively few of them, at least on the Western Front. So why was it the one WW1 weapon to be banned?
Suu Kyi's gate to be sold at auction
The metal gate of Nobel prize-winning Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi's house is to be auctioned, with a starting price of $200,000.
'Room service over' for rescued koala
A koala who shot to fame after being pictured receiving treatment for burnt paws has been returned to the wild, says the expert who treated him.
SA apartheid assassin given parole
South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists.
Tamil becomes Sri Lanka's top judge
Sri Lanka's president appoints a Tamil judge as the new chief justice - the first member of the country's minority community to hold the post in decades.
Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea
A Russian contract for building a $3bn bridge to Crimea goes to a firm controlled by a close friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions.
Venezuela issues new protest rules
New regulations are published in Venezuela allowing soldiers to open fire if they feel their lives are at risk during demonstrations.
Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 32 in the Sinai peninsula.
Romney won't run in 2016 election
Mitt Romney, the Republican beaten by President Obama in the US 2012 election, has decided he will not run for president again.
Tasers 'needed for all police'
All front-line police officers should be offered a Taser to protect them against the increased terrorism threat, the head of the Police Federation says.
Victim fund tops £100k in two days
Well-wishers donate more than £100,000 in two days to help a disabled pensioner who was mugged outside his Gateshead home.
Army to set up 'social media unit'
The Army is setting up a new unit that will use psychological operations and social media to help fight wars "in the information age".
Man critical after Belfast shooting
A man who was shot in the head in north Belfast is in a critical condition in hospital, police say.
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Ireland's heroine who had sex in her baby's tomb
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Has justice been done in South Africa?
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Rediscovered pictures from Spanish Civil War
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VIDEO: What not to say in an obituary
Australian writer's mean obituary sparks online fightback
Islamic State eyes al-Qaeda lands
Islamic State forges links with militants across Muslim world
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President Correa's troll warfare
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Democracy without women? Spanish women angry about Greek cabinet
Spanish feminists criticise male-dominated Greek cabinet