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Jordan vow after hostage beheading
Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.
Journalist Greste 'freed by Egypt'
Australian al-Jazeera and ex-BBC journalist Peter Greste is being deported from Egypt after 400 days in prison, state media says.
Protesters back on Hong Kong streets
Pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for the first time since mass demonstrations last year, but their numbers are far lower.
Key Nigerian city under fresh attack
Boko Haram Islamist militants launch a fresh assault on the strategically important Nigerian city of Maiduguri, eyewitnesses say.
Greek PM offers olive branch on debt
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras seeks to repair relations with creditors, amid fears of a showdown over Greece's efforts to roll back austerity measures.
Abbott pledge after Queensland rout
Australian PM Tony Abbott vows he will learn the lessons of an election rout in Queensland but insists government is not a "popularity contest".
Ex-Colombia spy chief appears in court
Ex-Colombian intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado appears in court in Bogota charged with spying on politicians, judges and journalists.
Chile proposes to end abortion ban
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.
New Jersey governor begins UK visit
New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron.
US boy, three, shoots both parents
A three-year-old US boy shoots and injures his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag in a New Mexico motel.
'Dozens killed' in Ukraine fighting
At least 40 people, including soldiers and civilians, are reported to have died in eastern Ukraine as ceasefire talks end without progress.
Blaze wrecks Moscow public library
A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building in the capital Moscow.
Balloonists complete Pacific journey
Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their Pacific crossing with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.
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.
VIDEO: Whitney Houston's daughter in hospital
The daughter of the late singer, Whitney Houston, is recovering in hospital after being found unconscious in a bath at her home.
Canadian PM seeks wider terror laws
Encouraging terror attacks against Canada will become a crime under legislation proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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.
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.
Tunisia 1-2 Equatorial Guinea (aet)
Equatorial Guinea beat Tunisia in controversial circumstances to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
Congo 2-4 DR Congo
DR Congo fight back from two goals down to beat neighbours Congo and reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
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.
Bangladesh factory fire kills 13
At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, officials say.
Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally
Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece.
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.
Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship
The government of Bahrain revokes the nationalities of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported.
Egypt leader warns of 'long battle'
Egypt faces a long and difficult battle with militants, the country's president says, in his first remarks since a deadly attack in the Sinai region.
Pupils 'must know times tables by 11'
All children in England will be expected to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary.
Man scattering ashes swept into sea
A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering his sister's ashes in North Cornwall.
Oil summit to hear pleas for action
An oil industry body is to call for "meaningful action" from government at a summit to help tackle challenges facing North Sea operators.
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.
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.
Djokovic beats Murray in Melbourne
British number one Andy Murray is beaten in four sets as Novak Djokovic wins a fifth Australian Open title.
England thumped in tri-series final
England crumble to a 112-run tri-series final defeat in Perth, their last competitive match before the World Cup.
McIlroy coasts to Dubai triumph
Rory McIlroy earns a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic as he is not seriously challenged on the final day.
Whitney's daughter 'found in bath'
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late American singer Whitney Houston, is found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Georgia, US police say.
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.
Conductor dies after stage collapse
Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland.
VIDEO: Hong Kong protesters return to streets
John Sudworth joins pro-democracy protesters as they return to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since the mass Occupy demonstrations ended last year.
VIDEO: Fleeing the shelling in eastern Ukraine
Peace talks aimed at ending the violence in Ukraine have ended in Belarus without a deal after just a few hours.
VIDEO: Balloonists in sea landing off Mexico
Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their Pacific crossing with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.
VIDEO: Helicopter rescue for trapped dog
Firefighters in Los Angeles have carried out a dramatic rescue of a dog trapped in a river.
VIDEO: Venice comes alive for Carnival
The annual Carnival of Venice is under way
VIDEO: Nasa launch to study soil moisture
Nasa has launched an Earth-observing satellite, which will measure the amount of moisture in soil.
VIDEO: Dutch reporters film 'gunman' incident
Police in the Netherlands say a man who forced his way into a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS with a fake gun has no known links to terrorist organisations.
VIDEO: Guitar 'that changed world' up for auction
A pioneering Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, the Black Beauty, is to be auctioned in New York in February.
The Swedish Schindler who disappeared
The man who saved thousands of Jews then disappeared
The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal
The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal
What could you buy for a Super Bowl ad?
What could you buy for the cost of a Super Bowl ad?
VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds
Round-up of social media trends around the world this week
Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week
Does technology make people touch each other less?
Does technology make people touch each other less?
Sink or Swim? The global drowning crisis
Playpens to drones - new ideas to reduce deaths by drowning
Go Figure: The week in numbers
The big numbers from the week's news, visualised

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