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 a Kurdish militia in northern Syria and demands it retreat from territory it has seized, prompting concern in Washington.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz attack each other ahead of a debate between the remaining Republican contenders for US president in South Carolina.
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 people die and scores are injured in a motorway pile-up involving more than 50 vehicles in Pennsylvania.
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.
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".
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.
Scientists categorise the Earth's rarest minerals with some so rare that the total global supply could fit in a thimble.
More than 200,000 Brazilian soldiers are sent across the country to warn people of the risks of the Zika virus.
Afghanistan's president takes to Twitter to correct India's leader - who had wished him happy birthday on the wrong day.
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.
Doubts mount over international agreement to cease some of the hostilities in Syria.
The Zika virus has moved north to Colombia where it is being linked by some doctors to cases of paralysis.
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.
A war of words has broken out between Russia and the West, a day after they agreed a pause in the fighting in Syria.
US President Barack Obama appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and is surprised by a Valentine poem from his wife Michelle
More than 50 vehicles have been involved in a motorway pile-up in Pennsylvania.
A medieval ship has been raised from a riverbed in the Netherlands where it has rested untouched for 500 years.
The BBC's Scotland editor Sarah Smith is granted rare access onboard one of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.
Video has emerged showing the dramatic rescue of a woman and her child after her car went into a canal in Amsterdam.
Radio 1 DJ Greg James finished five triathlons in five days in five cities.
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.
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.
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?' We take a look at support for Bernie Sanders v Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the South Carolina primary.
Oil prices surged as much as 12% on Friday after fresh suggestions that Opec nations were set to cut oil production.
Deutsche Bank announces that it is to buy back more than $5bn (£3.5bn) of its own debt.
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 are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, a BBC investigation finds.
Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet are among the British stars hoping to win a Bafta on Sunday.
The band's A Head Full Of Dreams tops the album chart for the first time after their performance at the Super Bowl.
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 have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.
Cambridge scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.
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.
Roy Hodgson tells the BBC his attacking options are "as strong as they have been" since he became England boss in 2012.
Wales produce a late surge to earn their first win of the 2016 Six Nations by 27-23 against a battling Scotland in Cardiff.
Spanish cities renew a push to erase Franco-era street names
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.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni takes part in his first televised debate ahead of Thursday's presidential poll after earlier declining.
International judges in the case of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto disallow the use of recanted witness statements.
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's president denounces St Valentine's Day, saying the festival has no connection with Pakistani culture and should be avoided.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill call for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba.
Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona great Johan Cruyff says he feels "2-0 up in a match" against lung cancer.
The new opposition-controlled National Assembly in Venezuela plans to speed up moves to oust the government of Nicolas Maduro as economic woes deepen.
A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico leaves 49 people dead and 12 injured, state officials say.
The funeral of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge student found dead in Egypt, has been held in his home town in Italy.
An attacker has opened fire at an education department office in Saudi Arabia's southern Jazan province, killing six employees, officials have said.
Hollywood actor Bill Murray offers to reimburse drinkers after allegedly throwing their mobile phones from a rooftop bar after they tried to take photos.
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.
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world taken over the past week.
Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai
Are the US firebrands really as revolutionary as pundits say?
Doctor cycles round the world and gives it a clean bill of health
Hip Hop dance moves, other trends of the week
The chefs who baked the world's best loaf of bread
The mother of one of the Columbine shooters breaks her silence
Colombia's experience of the Zika virus
Why tourists have stopped visiting a beautiful Italian island
The story told by rare photos of the 1916 Easter Rising
The blind boy who learned to find his way around using echoes
The pop star's journey to 'Black Lives Matter,' in 60 seconds