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Turkey 'knew downed plane was Russian'

Russia's President Vladimir Putin rejects as "impossible" Turkey's claims it did not know the fighter jet it shot down was Russian.

Saudi Arabia 'planning mass executions'

Amnesty International expresses alarm at reports that Saudi Arabia plans to execute more than 50 people - including Ali al-Nimr - in a single day.

Support for climate deal 'declines'

A public opinion survey suggests that support for strong action on climate change has declined since 2009.

Turkish journalists charged with spying

Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey's secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.

El Salvador priest suspended over abuse

El Salvador's Catholic Church suspends a well-known priest, Jesus Delgado, for sexually abusing a young girl in the 1980s.

Trump denies mocking disabled reporter

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump denies mocking a disabled reporter during a campaign address this week.

Thieves steal $250m of Nigerian oil

Thieves have stolen nearly $250m of petrol from a single pipeline this year, Nigeria's state oil company says.

Canadian Miss World 'barred from China'

Canada's Miss World contender says she was barred from boarding a plane from Hong Kong to the Chinese city hosting this year's pageant.

BHP rebuts UN 'toxic waste' claim

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic.

'Dead' Baloch rebel leader is alive

A separatist leader from Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, previously thought to have died in a raid in August, is shown in a new video.

Lord Coe ends association with Nike

IAAF president Lord Coe ends his 38-year ambassadorial role with American sportswear giant Nike.

Talking therapy 'eases dental phobia'

People with a dental phobia are more likely to undergo treatment without sedation if they have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), research suggests.

VIDEO: Salah Abdeslam 'phoned people for lift'

A friend of one of the main suspects still being hunted by police after the Paris attacks has said Salah Abdeslam phoned people in Brussels following the attacks and asked them to drive to get him.

VIDEO: Citizen journalists capture life in Raqqa under Islamic State

Citizen journalists are the main - and often only - source of information about life in a city controlled by the so-called Islamic State.

VIDEO: Afghan rapper escaped child marriage

The BBC speaks to Sonita Alizadeh, who started rapping after she was nearly sold as a bride by her family.

VIDEO: India 'to triple CO2 emissions in 15 years'

India set to triple CO2 emissions over the next 15 years, reports Justin Rowlatt.

VIDEO: Australian man drives into bushfire

A man who was filming on his phone while driving past a bushfire says he is lucky to be alive, after the flames engulfed his car.

VIDEO: Baby found in NY church nativity manger

A newborn baby has been called ''a miracle child'' after being found in the nativity manger of the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens, New York.

VIDEO: The suitcase with built-in shelves

Testing the suitcase with built-in shelves and other travel gadgets

VIDEO: Obama pardons pair of turkeys

President Barack Obama pardons turkeys for the seventh year in a row, this time a pair named 'Honest' and 'Abe'.

Hollande in Moscow: A new era in Russian-French relations?

The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris assesses whether Russia and France are building a new alliance based on their joint antipathy towards Islamic State.

A difficult week in Brussels

As Brussels gets back to normal, after a four-day lockdown, a sense of uncertainty and discontent lingers, says Chris Morris.

Cyber-thieves 'target Black Friday'

Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, say experts.

How a Chicago teenager was shot dead

A police officer is charged with murder for the death of a teenager who was shot in Chicago. A prosecutor has set out what happened.

Rome imposes ban on Centurions

Rome banishes Centurion impersonators from its ancient sites, in a clean up ahead of the Catholic Jubilee year.

Pirate makes film to avoid being sued

A convicted Czech software pirate agrees to make an anti-piracy film in order to avoid being sued by the firms whose software he pirated.

South China Morning Post up for sale

The publisher of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) has confirmed that it is in talks to sell the popular English-language newspaper.

Shops hope for record Black Friday

UK retailers are embarking on the Black Friday shopping phenomenon, with analysts predicting record online sales.

The truth about Facebook quizzes

Much press attention has been devoted to a Facebook quiz which asked for large swathes of data in return for a word cloud of your most used words, but do we really need to worry?

Zano drone makers detail spending

The company behind failed mini-drone Zano has provided some details of how more than £2m in funding was allocated.

Adele announces first tour since 2011

Adele is to embark on a UK and European arena tour next year - her first tour for five years.

DJ's children sue for wrongful death

Three of US DJ Casey Kasem's children and his brother sue the late star's widow for wrongful death in the latest move in a bitter family feud.

Ultrasound scans brain in micro 3D

Scientists use ultrasound to scan the blood vessels of an entire rat brain in microscopic 3D detail, pioneering a technique they say will improve cancer and stroke diagnosis.

Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'

About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

Mutant mosquitoes 'resist malaria'

Scientists say they have bred a genetically modified mosquito that can resist malaria infection.

New Ebola death after Liberia all-clear

A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials tell the BBC.

Murray and Edmund lead Davis Cup bid

Great Britain hope Kyle Edmund can spring a surprise in Belgium and set the visitors up for a first Davis Cup victory since 1936.

Billings leads England to T20 win

Sam Billings' thrilling half-century leads England to a 14-run win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international in Dubai.

Are paedophiles' brains wired differently?

Even after years of study and investigation there's still disagreement over what causes paedophiles to be the way they are.

The department pretending to run North Korea

The 44 people preparing to run North Korea

Pope hits out at trafficking in Africa

Pope Francis says during his visit to Kenya that the illegal trade in ivory and diamonds fuels conflict and could destroy Africa's environment.

Tanzania mandarins jailed for lateness

Tanzanian rights activists condemn a decision by an official in the main city Dar es Salaam to lock up civil servants for being late for work.

Deadly gun attack on Bangladesh mosque

Gunmen open fire on a Shia mosque in northern Bangladesh, killing at least one person and injuring three.

China journalist released from jail

Chinese journalist, Gao Yu, will be allowed to serve her sentence for leaking state secrets outside jail on medical grounds, state media say.

Brussels threat level reduced

Belgian authorities reduce the threat level in Brussels from its highest level nearly a week after a lockdown because of fears of Paris-style attacks.

Germany 'wrong' over anti-abortion ban

Germany was wrong to ban an anti-abortion activist from distributing leaflets and naming doctors, the European Court of Human Rights says.

Venezuela opposition leader killed

A regional opposition leader in Venezuela is shot dead at a public meeting less than two weeks before parliamentary elections.

Colombia tightens law on acid attacks

Colombian legislators pass a law which introduces long prison sentences for people convicted of attacking others with acid.

Qatar PM orders inquiry after flooding

Qatar's prime minister orders an inquiry after heavy rain exposed poor construction in the country set to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Syria air strikes 'will make us safer'

David Cameron puts the case for air strikes against IS in Syria - with Jeremy Corbyn at odds with half his shadow cabinet on the issue.

Security tightened for NY Thanksgiving

A record number of police officers patrolled the streets of Manhattan during this year's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Obama 'disturbed' by dashcam video

President Barack Obama says he is "deeply disturbed" by a police video that shows a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times in Chicago.

Amateur photographers capture golden age of motor racing

Amateur photographs of the stars and cars in action and in the pits during Grand Prix of the past.

Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

The V&A marks the bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron's birth

Why don't women become truckers?

Why don't more women become lorry drivers?

Online chatting at work gets the thumbs up from bosses

Do social media apps in the office spell the end for work emails?

Born in the USA but choosing Ghana

Why African Americans are choosing to live in Ghana

Zambian businesses hit by power cuts

Power cuts are hurting Zambia's businesses

Thanksgiving with black families, and other families too

How black, white, Mexican, Jewish, Asian and other families celebrate

IS conflict: The spiral of violence

Death toll from jihadist groups continues to rise