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US Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies

Conservative US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies aged 79 putting the balance of the highest court centre stage in the presidential election campaign.

Turkey shells Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey shells a Kurdish militia in northern Syria and demands it retreat from territory it has seized, prompting concern in Washington.

Republicans trade blows ahead of debate

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz attack each other ahead of a debate between the remaining Republican contenders for US president in South Carolina.

Cuba returns 'wrongly shipped' US missile

Cuba says it has returned to the United States an inert Hellfire missile that was wrongly shipped to Havana in June 2014.

At least three dead in US pile-up

At least three people die and scores are injured in a motorway pile-up involving more than 50 vehicles in Pennsylvania.

Pope condemns Mexico 'drugs cancer'

Pope Francis urges Mexico's leaders to provide 'true justice' to citizens hit by drug violence, on the first day of his visit to the country.

Russia PM: 'We have slid into cold war'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says "we have slid into a new cold war", with Nato and some countries describing Moscow as "the worst threat".

Al-Shabab claims Somalia plane attack

Somalia's main Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out a bomb attack on a passenger plane that blew a huge hole in its fuselage.

Earth's rarest minerals catalogued

Scientists categorise the Earth's rarest minerals with some so rare that the total global supply could fit in a thimble.

Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus

More than 200,000 Brazilian soldiers are sent across the country to warn people of the risks of the Zika virus.

India PM in 'happy birthday' gaffe

Afghanistan's president takes to Twitter to correct India's leader - who had wished him happy birthday on the wrong day.

NZ beach crowdfund bid hits target

A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to bid for a private New Zealand beach for public use hits its target - bidders now face a wait to see if they are successful.

VIDEO: Civilians starve as bombs fall in Syria

Doubts mount over international agreement to cease some of the hostilities in Syria.

VIDEO: Creeping paralysis fear for Zika patients

The Zika virus has moved north to Colombia where it is being linked by some doctors to cases of paralysis.

VIDEO: Pope: Inequality breeds corruption

Pope Francis delivers a tough message to Mexico's leaders saying a failure to tackle inequality has sown the seeds of corruption and drug-related violence.

VIDEO: Russia 'changed Syria balance of power'

A war of words has broken out between Russia and the West, a day after they agreed a pause in the fighting in Syria.

VIDEO: Obama’s Valentine poem for his wife

US President Barack Obama appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and is surprised by a Valentine poem from his wife Michelle

VIDEO: 50-vehicle Pennsylvania pile-up

More than 50 vehicles have been involved in a motorway pile-up in Pennsylvania.

VIDEO: Medieval boat raised from riverbed

A medieval ship has been raised from a riverbed in the Netherlands where it has rested untouched for 500 years.

VIDEO: Life on board a nuclear submarine

The BBC's Scotland editor Sarah Smith is granted rare access onboard one of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.

VIDEO: Woman and toddler saved from sinking car

Video has emerged showing the dramatic rescue of a woman and her child after her car went into a canal in Amsterdam.

VIDEO: Greg James finishes his five triathlons

Radio 1 DJ Greg James finished five triathlons in five days in five cities.

Is Google feeling unloved?

Google - like other tech giants - is feeling the strain as it tries to combine its founding ethos with its status as a multi-million dollar public company.

Syria war: Tide turns Assad's way

After six months of Russian air strikes on pro-US rebels, the scales have tipped dramatically in favour of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says Middle East analyst Fawaz A Gerges.

VIDEO: Who is Russia's Patriarch Kirill?

The Russian Orthodox Church leader is in Cuba for an historic meeting with Pope Francis. BBC Monitoring profiles Patriarch Kirill.

Is there such a thing as a 'black vote?'

Is there such a thing as a 'black vote?' We take a look at support for Bernie Sanders v Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the South Carolina primary.

Oil prices soar on hopes of output cut

Oil prices surged as much as 12% on Friday after fresh suggestions that Opec nations were set to cut oil production.

Deutsche Bank announces bond buyback

Deutsche Bank announces that it is to buy back more than $5bn (£3.5bn) of its own debt.

Women write better code, study suggests

Computer code written by women has a higher approval rating than that written by men - but only if it is not obvious that the coders are female, new research suggests.

Paedophiles use Facebook to swap images

Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, a BBC investigation finds.

British stars hope to shine at Baftas

Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet are among the British stars hoping to win a Bafta on Sunday.

Coldplay sales surge after Super Bowl

The band's A Head Full Of Dreams tops the album chart for the first time after their performance at the Super Bowl.

Cement study seeks nuclear waste solution

UK scientists say they have produced a new mix of cement that should be much more effective at containing nuclear waste in a deep repository.

US scientists warn on 'dustbowl' risk

US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.

Alzheimer's preventative drug hope

Cambridge scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.

'Strongest evidence' of Zika effect

One of the US's most senior public health officials reveals the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

England forward options please Hodgson

Roy Hodgson tells the BBC his attacking options are "as strong as they have been" since he became England boss in 2012.

Wales 27-23 Scotland

Wales produce a late surge to earn their first win of the 2016 Six Nations by 27-23 against a battling Scotland in Cardiff.

Erasing Franco's memory one street at a time

Spanish cities renew a push to erase Franco-era street names

Wall writings on Apollo 11 revealed

Following extensive digital scans and high resolution photography of the Apollo 11 command module, a number of markings have come to light, including a calendar drawn onto the walls.

Uganda's leader in poll debate U-turn

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni takes part in his first televised debate ahead of Thursday's presidential poll after earlier declining.

Top Kenyan wins key war crimes ruling

International judges in the case of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto disallow the use of recanted witness statements.

Doctors side with Australia asylum baby

Protesters gather at a Brisbane hospital in support of doctors refusing to discharge an asylum seeker baby facing deportation to an offshore immigration camp.

Pakistan denounces Valentine's Day

Pakistan's president denounces St Valentine's Day, saying the festival has no connection with Pakistani culture and should be avoided.

Pope in historic Russia church talks

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill call for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba.

'I'm 2-0 up in match against cancer'

Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona great Johan Cruyff says he feels "2-0 up in a match" against lung cancer.

Venezuela leader's foes move to oust him

The new opposition-controlled National Assembly in Venezuela plans to speed up moves to oust the government of Nicolas Maduro as economic woes deepen.

Mexico prison riot leaves 49 dead

A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico leaves 49 people dead and 12 injured, state officials say.

Funeral for student killed in Cairo

The funeral of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge student found dead in Egypt, has been held in his home town in Italy.

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.

Bill Murray 'throws phones from bar'

Hollywood actor Bill Murray offers to reimburse drinkers after allegedly throwing their mobile phones from a rooftop bar after they tried to take photos.

Man missing 30 years remembers identity

A Canadian man who suffered a head injury and went missing for 30 years is set to be reunited with his family after remembering his identity.

Week in pictures

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world taken over the past week.

Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai

Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai

Why Trump and Sanders aren't as revolutionary as they appear

Are the US firebrands really as revolutionary as pundits say?

Cycling doctor declares world better than expected

Doctor cycles round the world and gives it a clean bill of health

VIDEO: A gymnast's hip hop moves ... and other trends of the week

Hip Hop dance moves, other trends of the week

The world's best bakers - and they aren't French

The chefs who baked the world's best loaf of bread

Life as the mother of the Columbine killer

The mother of one of the Columbine shooters breaks her silence

Colombia: A nation in panic over Zika

Colombia's experience of the Zika virus

Why tourists are shunning a beautiful Italian island

Why tourists have stopped visiting a beautiful Italian island

Photographs of Dublin in rubble

The story told by rare photos of the 1916 Easter Rising

The blind boy who learned to see with sound

The blind boy who learned to find his way around using echoes

VIDEO: How Beyonce got political, in 60 seconds

The pop star's journey to 'Black Lives Matter,' in 60 seconds