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SA apartheid assassin given parole
South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", is granted parole after 20 years for killing activists.
Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai
At least 26 people, mostly soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Verdict due on Srebrenica appeals
The former Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal is set to rule on the appeals of five men over their convictions over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
Deadly blast at Pakistan Shia mosque
A bomb blast at a Shia religious mosque in southern Pakistan has killed at least 20 people and injured many more, officials say.
Skeleton sacks baffle India police
Dozens of skeletons and decayed body parts are discovered in sacks in a disused room of an Indian police building, baffling the authorities.
Eurozone deflation gathers pace
Eurozone deflation increases over the last month from -0.2% to -0.6% as lower oil prices push down costs.
China warns universities on values
China's education minister tells universities to shun textbooks promoting Western values and block criticism of the political system, state media say.
Uber sued over India rape allegation
An Indian woman who says she was raped by a Delhi driver of web-based taxi firm Uber files a lawsuit against the service in a US court.
Balloonists surpass distance record
Two pilots have surpassed the world distance record for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean.
Philippine mourning for slain police
The Philippines holds a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, as police sought terror suspects.
Saudi king reshuffles cabinet
King Salman of Saudi Arabia announces a major cabinet reshuffle, a week after he acceded to the throne.
Man with fake gun disrupts Dutch TV
A man wielding a fake gun is arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled.
'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.
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.
Congress approves Keystone pipeline
The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto.
Amazon posts modest holiday profits
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.
Deadly blast hits Mexico hospital
A gas tank lorry explodes outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby.
Funeral held for Argentina's Nisman
The funeral of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead in his home on 18 January, is held in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
Chad 'forces Boko Haram from town'
Chad's army has driven Boko Haram militants out of Malumfatori town in north-eastern Nigeria, a senior official from Niger tells the BBC.
Ebola virus mutating, scientists say
Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.
Australia 'faces A$4bn abuse bill'
Australia may need to pay A$4.4bn ($3.4bn;2.3bn) as compensation to the victims of child abuse, officials say.
Jordan seeks proof pilot is alive
Jordan seeks proof a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State group is still alive, as efforts to negotiate a prisoner swap continue.
Russia patrols near UK 'routine'
Russia contests claims its planes caused "disruption to civil aviation" in the UK, saying the patrols were "routine" and met "international legal norms".
EU extends sanctions against Russia
Foreign ministers from the EU agree in Brussels to extend existing sanctions against Russia until September but not to impose any new sanctions.
Hezbollah 'wants no Israel conflict'
Israel says it has received a message from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah indicating it opposes military escalation after lethal clashes.
Iraq probes Diyala massacre claims
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village.
Churchill's funeral anniversary marked
A series of events in London marking the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill are under way.
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.
Honda cuts profit forecast on recall
Japanese carmaker Honda cuts its profit forecast and sees third quarter earnings drop sharply following a vehicle recall linked to airbags.
Google profits up nearly 30%
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.
Denmark, Deutschland and deflation
Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains how developments in Germany and Denmark are hallmarks of strange times in the eurozone.
Friday's gossip column
Mancini wants Toure, Chelsea close in on Cuadrado, Anderson could leave Man Utd, Spurs plan Everton exchange, plus more.
Woods struggles on PGA Tour return
Tiger Woods opens with a two-over-par 73 at the Phoenix Open on Thursday in his first tournament of the season.
Liverpool to make move for Ings
Liverpool want to sign striker Danny Ings in a deal that would see him loaned back to Burnley for the rest of the season.
Suge Knight sought over hit-and-run
Police are looking for Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight after a man was run over and killed 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.
'Lost' Constable work fetches 3.4m
A painting bought for 3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for 3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.
VIDEO: Mali welcomes Paris attack 'hero'
The shop assistant who saved many customers' lives during the siege of the Jewish supermarket in Paris earlier this month has been given a hero's welcome in his native country Mali.
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.
AUDIO: 'I lost 18m lottery win by 7 seconds'
A Canadian man has lost a seven-year legal battle to claim half 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.
VIDEO: Gas explosion at Mexican hospital
A gas tank lorry has exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby
VIDEO: Shipwreck treasure hunter in US court
A US treasure hunter who has been described by officials as the "most intelligent fugitive," has appeared in a Florida court following his arrest after two years on the run.
VIDEO: 'Riding air currents across the Pacific'
Two balloonists trying to break two world records for crossing the Pacific have been forced to change course off the coast of California and head for Mexico rather than Canada.
VIDEO: Why some immigrants fear US visa amnesty
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.
Charlie Hebdo attack: French values challenged in schools
French teachers on the front line after Charlie Hebdo attack
Ukraine civilians stranded as shells pound Debaltseve
Ukrainian civilians stranded in battle for Debaltseve
Campaign challenges blasphemy laws
New campaign challenges blasphemy laws
The tennis entourage can pay its way
Why it pays for players like Murray to have an entourage
BBC Pop Up: Behind the scenes
Stumbling across a one-man town that's off the map
The middle-class voters who can't resist Marx
The country where even the middle classes may love Marx
Can a school demand your Facebook login?
School says it can ask for student's social media logins
Graffiti, demolition and angst in Shanghai
The wall art deemed a threat to public safety
What I miss about life before Ebola
What people miss about life before the Ebola outbreak
Finnish start-ups rise from Nokia's ashes
Nokia's demise hit Finland hard - but left a vibrant start-up scene
The strange case of babies sleeping in boxes
The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes
Can fancy burgers help US workers?
Why is US burger firm Shake Shack set to raise millions?

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