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Labour protests sweep across France

French nuclear power workers join escalating strike action over new labour reforms the prime minister says could now be "modified".

Oil hits $50 for first time this year

Oil continues its recovery, with prices rising above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as a result of supply disruptions and increased global demand.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard to divorce

Film star Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard are to divorce, US court documents reveal.

Bianchi family sue over 'avoidable' death

The family of the late Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi are taking legal action following the Frenchman's death last year.

UN alarmed by plans for Gaza executions

The UN expresses alarm after Hamas says it intends to implement death sentences in Gaza, where the Palestinian Islamist group is dominant.

Women 'post 50% of misogynistic tweets'

A study into abusive tweets sent from UK Twitter accounts suggests large-scale misogyny, with women responsible for half of such tweets.

Leaders visit shrine at start of Japan G7

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe takes world leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site, as the Group of Seven summit begins in Tokyo.

Indonesia approves death for child rape

Indonesia's president approves tougher punishments for child rapists, including the death penalty, amid public anger over recent attacks.

US nuclear force uses floppy disks

The US nuclear weapons force still uses 1970s-era computer systems and floppy disks, a government report reveals.

Deadly shooting at NYC concert hall

One person is killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a concert hall in New York where hip-hop artist TI was due to perform.

Clashes in Bolivia disabled protest

Police in Bolivia use water cannons against disabled protesters who tried to breach a roadblock to demand an increase in state benefits.

Xiaomi Mi Drone poses price challenge

China's Xiaomi announces its first drone, pricing it significantly lower than a comparable model by the market leader DJI.

VIDEO: Scientists try to inflate room on side of ISS

Scientists have suspended inflation of a new room on the side of the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Camper's close encounter with lions

A couple of campers describe the moment three lions explored their campsite and licked their tent.

VIDEO: Atomic bomb survivor honours US POWs

A new film tells the story of a Japanese man who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and dedicated his life to identifying the American POW victims.

VIDEO: Who is the new Taliban leader?

The Afghan Taliban have announced Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada as its new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike.

VIDEO: The scourge of opium in Afghanistan

Opium production has long been a problem in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, but it is also grown in many government-controlled regions.

VIDEO: Clinton criticised over e-mail use

A state department inquiry has accused Hillary Clinton and other former US secretaries of state of poorly managing email security.

VIDEO: Warm welcome for Ukraine's Savchenko

Russia has freed jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who became a symbol of resistance against Moscow.

VIDEO: Germany's push to integrate migrants

Germany has announced plans for an immigration act to integrate more than one million migrants.

Taliban instability could fuel opium trade

The death of the Taliban leader Mullah Mansour could lead to increased instability in Afghanistan, and provide a boost to the opium trade, says Justin Rowlatt.

The Democrats' election nightmare

James Naughtie looks at the effect Bernie Sanders may have on this year's US presidential election.

Is populism a threat to Europe's economies?

Will populism push Europe away from economic orthodoxy?

VIDEO: 'Self-funded' no more, Trump seeks donor cash

His 'self-funded' campaign now seeks donors with deep pockets

China and US clash over steel imports

Beijing accuses the US of damaging trade after Washington levies new duties of up to 450% on some steel imports from China.

Takata shares jump on stake sale report

Shares in Japanese air bag maker Takata jump 20% following a report that US private equity firm KKR could take a majority stake in the company.

Microsoft hangs up on phone workers

Microsoft reveals plans to cut up to 1,850 jobs as part of efforts to scale back its smartphone business.

Netflix faces quota on EU-made content

On-demand video streaming services face a call that at least 20% of the catalogues they offer to EU subscribers should be made locally.

Ticket sites 'must fight touts'

Companies like Ticketmaster should take more action to prevent touts "harvesting" concert tickets, a government review recommends.

Barbara Windsor story set for BBC drama

Dame Barbara Windsor says she is "honoured and excited" that her life story is to be turned into a one-off TV film.

Solar Impulse lands in Pennsylvania

The sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has landed in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, after a near-17-hour flight.

Neanderthal stone structures discovered

Researchers investigating a cave in France have identified mysterious stone rings that were probably built by Neanderthals.

Zika may cause baby eye problems

Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies.

Malaria drug 'should stop for troops'

Anti-malarial drug Lariam, which can cause severe side-effects, should be the "drug of last resort" for UK troops, MPs on the defence committee say.

Awesome Hamilton dominates in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton impressive as he heads Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in first practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Image rights hold up Mourinho deal

Negotiations over image rights delay a deal to appoint Jose Mourinho as the new Manchester United manager.

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam

More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war dozens of ageing former American soldiers have gone back - and have succeeded in finding peace.

What happens when you're deported to Britain?

The process of starting from scratch in an unfamiliar country.

Migrant boat capsize caught on camera

The deadly capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean is caught on camera by the Italian navy as it rescues 550 people.

Nigeria finance chiefs quizzed on naira

Nigerian MPs summon the finance minister and central bank governor to brief them on proposals to ease the economic crisis by devaluing the currency.

India allows Italian marine to go home

India's Supreme Court says an Italian marine charged with murdering two Indian fishermen in 2012 may go home although he still may be tried.

Debris 'of interest' in MH370 search

Three new pieces of debris found in Mauritius and Mozambique are "of interest" in the search for MH370, says Australia's transport minister.

Net migration to UK rises to 333,000

Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015 - the second highest level on record, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Navy investigates 'lost submarine find'

The Royal Navy is investigating claims the wreckage of a British submarine lost during World War Two has been discovered off the coast of Sardinia.

'Dinosaur crater' drill project success

Success is declared by the team drilling into the Chicxulub Crater, the deep scar made in the Earth's surface by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs.

Cuba legalises private businesses

Cuba's government legalises small and medium-sized private businesses, the latest stage of reforms launched by President Raul Castro.

Lieberman named Israel defence minister

The controversial right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman is to be named Israel's defence minister after agreeing to join the governing coalition.

Kurds launch attack near IS 'capital'

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters begins a campaign to expel Islamic State militants north of their stronghold Raqqa.

Clinton blamed over email security

The state department finds Hillary Clinton and other former secretaries of state are at fault for poorly managing email security, an audit shows.

US states oppose transgender edict

Eleven US states file a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's recent efforts to expand the rights of transgender students.

In pictures: The barbers of Freetown

The people who shape hair in the capital of Sierra Leone

M&S fashion: From Twiggy to Alexa Chung

From Twiggy to Alexa - Marks & Spencer's battle to be a High Street trendsetter

Fiery moments

White-hot flash points in the UK and EU's relationship

Russian girl's suicide prompts national debate

Girl's story prompts suicide debate in Russia

Do Hiroshima residents even want an apology?

But does Hiroshima even want Obama to say sorry?

Does Norfolk 'mutiny' disguise bounty of privilege?

Is self-interest behind island's 'mutiny' against Australia?

Sunny Leone: from porn star to author

Ex-porn star turned Bollywood actress moves into erotic fiction

The search for Ethiopia's abducted children

Ethiopia's rescue mission after cross-border kidnapping

Vancouver's 'freak show' property market

Vancouver's dangerously unaffordable property market

Guyana's gifts to the world

Half-a-century of Guyana's gifts to the world

I had to leave my partner to lose weight

I had to leave my partner to lose weight

Stamp collecting: The mistakes worth millions

The mistakes worth millions to stamp collectors