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Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says a victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the war.
Italy's Renzi hands in resignation amid political turmoil
Italian PM Matteo Renzi hands his resignation, three days after losing a key referendum vote.
Trump 'selects ambassador to China'
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be the new US ambassador to China, according to US media.
Indonesia quake: Search for survivors continues
Rescuers search for survivors in Indonesia's Aceh province a day after a deadly earthquake.
Brexit: French financial regulator wooing London banks
France's leading financial regulator tells the BBC that banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris.
First US Somali lawmaker gets 'Islamophobic threats' in taxi
The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to "hateful" anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver.
Brazil Senate head Renan Calheiros' suspension rejected
Brazil's Supreme Court overturns decision to suspend the Senate president, Renan Calheiros.
Iraq conflict: Air strikes on IS-held border town 'kill dozens'
More than 60 people are reportedly killed in air strikes on an IS-controlled town in western Iraq.
Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges
A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.
Toronto boy planned attack on massacre anniversary - police
A Canadian teen is charged with planning to attack a school on the anniversary of a Montreal massacre.
Pope Francis condemns 'media disinformation'
Pope Francis condemns disinformation as "probably the greatest damage that the media can do".
Religious leaders push for Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig
Islamic leaders in Australia back a campaign to produce a "halal cartoon" alternative to Peppa Pig.
Hospitals struggling to cope with Mosul casualties
Orla Guerin reports from a hospital in Irbil that is struggling to cope with the number of casualties.
Syria rebels 'withdraw from Old City' of Aleppo
Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, while calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians
Siberia sky lit up by meteor
People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.
Mannequin challenge of gunfight misfires
A gunfight-themed mannequin challenge has resulted in two people being arrested.
Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase
Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase
China shuts down thousands of live stream accounts
Chinese authorities order thousands of accounts on popular live streaming apps and sites to shut down.
The journalists risking their lives to film in Aleppo
The journalists who risk their lives documenting Aleppo speak of the difficult choices they have to make.
Mexican party invitation goes viral, attracting 1.2 million
More than a million people say they will attend a Mexican girl's party after the invitation goes viral.
Sri Lanka 'scrap material' Christmas tree abandoned after Church complaint
Work on a giant "scrap material" Christmas tree in Sri Lanka is abandoned after Church objections.
Automatic golf carts for Japanese elderly
Electric vehicles are provided to allow residents to keep their mobility.
Row over table manners training for Tbilisi officials
Georgians unimpressed by dress code and table manners training for city officials.
Kremlin to sell own-brand dairy products online
Russian government says the "Kremlin Quality" range will launch in 2017.
Righting a wrong
Why Pakistan's Nobel Prize winning scientist Abdus Salam has been officially ignored for 30 years.
Malta's paradox
Malta has become one of the most progressive countries on gay issues but bans abortion outright - why?
'Limping giant'
In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.
Soul searching
J Jayalalitha's sudden death has left a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu's politics.
Pipe dreams
In Canada, some aboriginal communities embrace oil and gas development, rather than oppose such projects.
Air Force $
Military gear, special shielding and its own defence systems - Air Force One is two of a kind.
Defence secrets
Ukraine's defence contracts are cloaked in secrecy and reformers complain of corruption, David Stern reports.
Person of the year quiz
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
Numbers game
For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?
Smoke and mirrors
Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.
Trolls and triumph
Politics and social media has collided under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.
Gridlocked city
The hot topic of conversation in India's Bangalore city these days is the unending traffic jams.
Downward spiral
Hunger and disease stalk Yemenis with no end in sight as the war grinds on, writes Fergal Keane.
Back with a bang
Dancehall star Sean Paul on topping the charts, becoming a father and living next door to Usain Bolt.
?Objectification is not a bad thing?
Former porn star turned Bollywood movie actor Sunny Leone tells Yogita Limaye that she's ok with her 'sexy' image and 'objectification' isn't a bad word.
The storyteller who spins tales in four languages
Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages.
How women are winning online campaigns
Women are more successful with online campaigns than men, according to petitions website Change.org. Why?
BBC 100 Women 2016: How to join our edit-a-thon
BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - join us