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Presidential debate: Trump criticises moderator Lester Holt

Donald Trump says the moderator in the first US presidential debate, Lester Holt, was tougher on him than on his opponent Hillary Clinton.

First 'three person baby' born using new method

First baby born using new "three person" fertility technique carried out by US scientists, New Scientist reveals.

Sexism row grips German politics and shakes CDU

German CDU politician Jenna Behrends sparks a furore about sexism after a male colleague called her a "sweet mouse".

Theme park fined for rollercoaster crash

Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions is fined £5m over the Smiler rollercoaster crash.

Islamist jailed for ancient shrine attacks

An Islamist militant who destroyed ancient shrines in Timbuktu is jailed by an international court for nine years in the first case of its kind.

Sam Allardyce: England manager allegations investigated by FA

The FA is investigating claims England boss Sam Allardyce used his role to negotiate a £400,000 deal and offer advice on how to bypass transfer rules.

Syria conflict: Aleppo evacuation corridors needed, WHO says

The World Health Organisation wants safe routes to be set up immediately to evacuate sick and wounded Syrians from besieged parts of Aleppo.

TB drug designed for children launched in Kenya

Kenya launches the world's first child-friendly drug, raising hopes for thousands affected by the world's deadliest infectious disease.

Blast in Bronx 'drug lab' kills New York firefighter

An explosion at a drug lab inside a home in New York City kills at least one firefighter, authorities say.

Saudi Arabia unveils first public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia unveils pay cuts for government employees for the first time, as it attempts to further rein in spending at a time of low oil prices.

Air France workers on trial in shirt-ripping case

Fifteen Air France employees go on trial almost a year after two company executives had their shirts torn from their backs at a jobs meeting.

Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says WHO

The World Health Organisation says 92% of the planet's population is breathing polluted air outdoors, contributing to three million deaths a year.

Key moments from the US presidential debate

Here are the key moments from the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Clinton: 'There is something he is hiding'

Hillary Clinton said she believes Donald Trump is 'hiding something' regarding his tax return.

Americans watch the Clinton-Trump presidential debate

People watching in Seattle react to the Clinton-Trump presidential debate.

Stop-and-frisk: 'Form of racial profiling'

The stop-and-frisk policy features as a big area of dispute in the first US presidential debate.

Colombia's vicious conflict in numbers

BBC News looks at the figures behind the Colombian armed conflict, the longest-running in the Americas.

Water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon

Nasa says jets of water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon, Europa, take them a step closer to finding out if there is life in space.

Syria conflict: One quiet moment tells of Aleppo's despair

As the fighting in Syria rages on, the BBC's Panorama has been following the lives of residents in Aleppo.

Houston shooter: 'Lawyer' gunman dead after opening fire at mall

A troubled lawyer who opened fire in a Houston mall has been shot dead by police.

Why everyone will be singing 'pen-pineapple'

How a catchy tune about a pen and a pineapple and an apple and a pen took over the internet.

Japanese ad showing girl turning into an eel gets pulled

A Japanese ad to promote sustainable fishing which showed a teenage girl turning into an eel is pulled after being called sexist and "perverted".

Where the US candidates stand

This election campaign has so far been driven more by personality clashes than differences in policy. But what are the key issues and where do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand?

The six lives of Boko Haram's leader

Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has once more released a video to reject reports that he had been killed. He has been reported dead five times already.

How hawk became dove in Colombia

A profile of Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian President who negotiated a peace deal with the Farc rebel group to put an end to more than 50 years of conflict.

Animals in the frame

A selection of the winners and finalists in he ZSL Animal Photography Prize.

Your pictures

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme of "dance".

Week in pictures: 17-23 September 2016

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

Eternal flames

Indian photographer Ronny Sen is awarded the second annual Getty Images Instagram grant for his work on a coal town in India where underground fires have burned for more than 100 years.

Africa's top shots: 16-22 September 2016

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Sam Allardyce: Arsene Wenger says England boss needs chance to clear name

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says England boss Sam Allardyce needs to be allowed to defend himself, following allegations in a newspaper.

Chris Froome: TUE system 'open to abuse' and athletes must take responsibility

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says the TUE system is "open to abuse" and athletes must not "push the boundaries of the rules".

AB de Villiers: South Africa skipper to undergo elbow surgery

South Africa captain AB de Villiers is ruled out of their home ODI and away Test series against Australia with an elbow injury.

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi: The vandal of Timbuktu

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has pleaded guilty to destroying sacred sites in Timbuktu, Mali, in the first case concerning cultural artefacts at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Disposable women

Women in South Asia are being used and abandoned by the British Asian men who marry them. Should their treatment be classed as a form of domestic violence?

Dreams and disasters

A Japanese animated film has earned more than 10bn yen in just 28 days since its release. But what exactly is it about this film that has been drawing in the crowds?

'People are dying'

The lucrative counterfeit drugs trade causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Technology can help fight it, but are big pharma and governments doing enough?

Cheek by jowl

Colombia-based photographer Nicolas Bedoya, a co-founder of photojournalism collective Vela Colectivo, visits an area in Colombia's Antioquia province where rebels will gather to disarm following the peace agreement signed on 26 September between the Farc and the Colombian government.

Grim odyssey

Asylum seekers - mainly Afghan and Pakistani men - leave Austria for Italy, but they face bleak conditions in the city of Udine, Bethany Bell reports.

Caught in the crossfire

As Syria's government tries to recapture all of Aleppo, we ask why are children are so badly affected in the battle for the northern city.

Presidential debate 2016: Four ways gender played a role

Jessica Lussenhop in Washington DC looks at how gender featured in the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

What they didn't talk about

From the crisis in Syria to the Clinton Foundation, here are some key issues that weren't discussed in the the first US presidential debate.

US and foreign media's verdict

The US media gives their verdict on who won the first debate, with most awarding victory to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Did Trump use the word ‘bigly’?

The Republican candidate appeared to use an unusual adverb in his debate against Hillary Clinton. Or did he?

How does the election work?

In January 2017, the most powerful nation on earth will have a new leader, after a drawn out and expensive campaign - so what's it all about?

What did black voters think?

We asked African-American voters in Harlem what they made of the US presidential debate.

Who's ahead in the polls?

Follow the opinion polls as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go to head-to-head in the run up to the US election on 8 November.