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Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead
A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico leaves 52 people dead and 12 injured, state officials say.
Nato ships sent to tackle traffickers
Nato is sending ships to deter people-smugglers from taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, in its first intervention in Europe's migrant crisis.
'Ripples' from black holes detected
For the first time, scientists have detected tiny, rhythmic distortions in space and time - gravitational waves - predicted by Einstein 100 years ago.
Shooting at Saudi office 'kills six'
An attacker has opened fire at an education department office in Saudi Arabia's southern Jazan province, killing six employees, officials have said.
Oregon militia stand-off ends
The remaining armed occupiers of a US wildlife sanctuary in the state of Oregon surrender, ending a tense 41-day stand-off over government control of local land.
Kenya misses athletics doping deadline
Kenya misses a deadline to prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) it is tackling cheating in athletics.
Former Auschwitz guard goes on trial
A 94-year-old former Nazi SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp goes on trial in Germany over the murder of at least 170,000 people.
Opposition thrown out of Zuma speech
Opposition MPs are thrown out after heckling South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at his state of the nation address in parliament.
Police guard for Suu Kyi after threat
Police in Myanmar decide for the first time to give protection to Aung San Suu Kyi after she received a death threat.
Russia submits Syria ceasefire proposal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has submitted a proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as world powers meet in Munich.
Brazil aims for Zika vaccine in a year
Brazil health officials say they expect to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus ready for testing in about a year.
Six children killed in France bus crash
Six teenagers die after parts of a lorry crash into their school bus in Rochefort, western France.
'Iron Boy' granted superhero wish
A young Australian boy with cystic fibrosis was given the chance to save Sydney from a super villain on Thursday.
Mangueira's samba wins Rio Carnival
One of Rio de Janeiro's oldest samba schools, Mangueira, wins this year's carnival.
VIDEO: WW2 lovebirds' emotional reunion
A couple who were separated following the Second World War have been reunited after more than 70 years apart.
VIDEO: Parliament brawls around the world
As Julius Malema's EFF group disrupt the opening of South Africa's parliament, we look at parliamentary brawls around the world - from throwing eggs to throwing fists.
VIDEO: What is a 'super-confessor'?
Pope Francis sends more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.
AUDIO: Has Sesame Street been gentrified?
Sesame Street's Elmo explains why his neighbourhood seems to have gone upmarket.
VIDEO: Battle of Hong Kong's street food hawkers
The BBC talks to vendors in Mong Kok after clashes following an operation to clear unlicensed street food stalls.
VIDEO: Cruise passengers on 'terrifying experience'
Passengers on board a cruise ship battered by a major Atlantic storm off the US east coast, have been speaking about their voyage on the high seas.
VIDEO: A symphony just for cats
David Teie, a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra, has studied what sounds cats prefer and composed music just for them.
VIDEO: Former Auschwitz guard goes on trial
A 94-year-old former Nazi SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp has gone on trial in Germany over the murder of at least 170,000 people.
China's curious cult of the mango
The Cultural Revolution and the cult of the mango
Thailand's love of the supernatural
The history of Thailand's current craze
Iranian parade mocks American captives
How one Iranian city marked a revolutionary anniversary
Iranians speak out over sexual harassment scandal
Iran debates harassment after newsreader puts recording online
Can this replace black pepper?
Foodies are turning to this new type of pepper
Pakistan's secretive bustard hunting scene
The shy rare birds hunted as aphrodisiacs
Is the tax tide beginning to turn?
Is it becoming harder for international firms to avoid tax?
Why South African mayor offers virgin scholarships
The S African mayor who wants schoolgirls to stay 'pure'