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UN emergency talks after N Korea rocket

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting to discuss its response to North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket.

Rubio assailed by Republican rivals

Senator Marco Rubio is on the receiving end from several Republican rivals seeking the party's presidential nomination, in a fractious TV debate.

Baby rescued from Taiwan quake rubble

A six-month-old baby girl is pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building in Taiwan, 30 hours after it was brought down by an earthquake.

Spain breaks up 'IS jihadist cell'

Spanish police say they have arrested seven people with suspected links to so-called Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups.

Algeria reinstates term limit for leader

Algeria reinstates two-term limit on its presidency, seven years after it was lifted so President Abdelaziz Bouteflika could run for a third term.

Sangin 'on verge of falling to Taliban'

The key Afghanistan district of Sangin in Helmand is once again on the verge of falling to the Taliban, an Afghan commander tells the BBC.

China's currency reserves plunge

China's efforts to prop up its currency result in a $99.5bn plunge in its foreign currency reserves in January.

Rise in online dating rape reports

The number of people reporting being raped on their first date with someone they met on a dating app has risen six-fold in five years, figures show.

Armed checkpoints after weigh-in murder

Armed police in the Republic of Ireland are manning checkpoints in a bid to prevent retaliation for the murder of a man at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin.

Hot Licks singer Hicks dies at 74

Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks, best-known as the lead musician with the acoustic band Hicks and His Hot Licks, dies at the age of 74.

Revenant director wins top award

Alejandro Inarritu wins the top prize at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards for his film The Revenant, boosting his hopes for the Oscars.

VIDEO: Key moments from Republican debate

Was this the most awkward opening to any US election debate? Ben Carson left waiting in the wings, plus other key moments in New Hampshire.

VIDEO: Tin cans 'reinforced quake building'

Rescuers in Taiwan are working to find more than 100 people still missing more than 24 hours after the island was hit by a powerful earthquake.

VIDEO: Video 'shows N Korea rocket launch'

North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

VIDEO: Frozen 'car park' unexpectedly melts

A frozen lake being used as a car park at the annual Winter Fest event in Wisconsin, US, melts leaving vehicles submerged in the water.

VIDEO: London bus blown up for film stunt

A double-decker bus explodes on a central London bridge as part of a stunt for an upcoming movie.

VIDEO: Flying Scotsman loco back on track

Flying Scotsman, one of the world's most famous locomotives, has returned to the West Coast mainline.

VIDEO: Carnival in Rio despite Zika fears

Carnival is under way in Rio de Janeiro despite fears over the spread of the Zika virus.

VIDEO: Chinese wedding photos - in London

BBC News meets a photographer who specialises in taking pre-wedding photos of Chinese couples in London, a growing trend.

The horror story of a Republican debate

The Republican presidential debate was a bit like the final act of a horror film. Here's why.

Why some African governments are clamping down on churches

Should Africa's charismatic churches be regulated?

Why did North Korea launch a rocket?

Defence analyst Bruce Bennett looks at the reasons why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have decided to launch a long-range rocket in defiance of warnings.

Can Leicester handle title pressure?

Leicester have gone from rank outsiders to title favourites after beating Manchester City - can they cope with the expectation?

Zika virus fails to spoil carnival

Millions of people celebrate the first day of the annual carnival festivities across Brazil despite concerns about the recent Zika virus outbreak.

Record crowds flock to Phoenix Open

The largest crowd in golf history watches Phil Mickelson move into contention after the third round of the Phoenix Open.

North Sea could lose 150 platforms

Nearly 150 oil platforms in the UK North Sea are expected to be scrapped over the next 10 years, according to industry analysts.

US economy adds 151,000 jobs in January

The US economy added 151,000 jobs in January, helping to push the country's unemployment rate down to 4.9%, official figures show.

Twitter shuts 125,000 'terror' accounts

Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts", the social media company says.

Google AI will play live Go match

Google has announced the next challenge for its AI software - to play a live-streamed Go match against the world champion.

Inside Out wins big at Annie Awards

Inside Out is the big winner at this year's Annie Awards for animation, winning 10 prizes including best film.

Zayn Malik debuts at number one

Zayn Malik's debut single, Pillowtalk, has gone straight to the top of the UK singles charts.

'Wrong type of trees' boost warming

Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.

First Zika pregnancy case in Europe

Spain confirms that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe.

Bed-bug DNA scanned for vulnerabilities

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing resistance to existing insecticide sprays.

Levante 0-2 Barcelona

Barcelona celebrate Luis Enrique's 100th match in charge with a win over Levante to go three points clear at the top.

Napoli fans wear Koulibaly masks

Napoli fans wear masks of defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who was racially abused by Lazio fans, in Sunday's Serie A game.

Israel's unwanted African migrants

Israel has been offering migrants $3,500 in cash and the chance to go and live in a safe haven in Africa - but is it really safe?

The grid system for London that never happened

How Sir Christopher Wren wanted a new London after the Great Fire of 1666 and how modern architects channel the same spirit.

Tunisia builds anti-terror barrier

Tunisia says it has completed the first part of a 200km (125-mile) barrier along its border with Libya, which is designed to deter terrorism.

Burkina militants free Australian woman

Militants freed an Australian woman kidnapped with her husband last month in Burkina Faso, where they provided health services.

Pakistan's Yasir given doping ban

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah is given a three-month ban after admitting to a doping offence.

Pentagon releases prisoner abuse photos

The Pentagon releases nearly 200 photographs linked to allegations of abuse by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.

EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

Officials in the EU urge Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing fighting.

Foreign Legion ex-chief held in Calais

A former head of the French Foreign Legion is arrested with about 20 other protesters at a banned anti-Islam rally in the port of Calais.

Haiti agrees on transitional government

Politicians in Haiti reach an agreement to install a transitional government hours before President Michel Martelly is due to step down.

Ecuador-Turkey row over speech scuffle

Ecuador protests to Turkey over an incident in which demonstrators were ejected during a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Quito.

Syrian president's mother dies aged 86

The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anisa, has died at the age of 86 in the capital Damascus, his office announces.

Deadly hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdistan

At least 19 people, most of them foreigners, have died in a hotel fire in Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, officials say.

German arm of Maple Bank shut down

The German arm of Canada's Maple Bank is closed by German authorities over concerns about its financial position.

LA mayor's slow jam about road closure

The mayor of Los Angeles comes up with novel way of warning residents about a major traffic closure: singing a slow jam.

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Is there such a thing as 'the world's best chef'?

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Confessions of a repeat Star Wars viewer

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The snipers trained to protect rhinos

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India cancer survivor brings joy to destitute children

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