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Oakland fire: Dozens feared dead in club night blaze

Police say they are preparing for as many as 40 deaths after a fire breaks out at a rave in Oakland.

Aleppo siege: Syria rebels lose 50% of territory

Syrian government troops control 50% of territory in east Aleppo, a military spokesman tells the BBC.

Chapecoense plane crash: Fans unite for stadium memorial

Thousands attend a service in Brazil's Chapecoense stadium to honour players killed in a plane crash.

Trump-Taiwan call: China lodges protest

China lodges a protest with the US over Donald Trump's phone call with the Taiwanese president.

Football Leaks: Ronaldo and Mourinho accused of tax avoidance

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho were part of a tax-avoidance scheme, a huge document leak alleges.

MH370 relatives go to Madagascar in search of debris

Relatives of those who died on flight MH370 travel to Madagascar, seeking a wider search for debris.

French town told park's Virgin Mary statue must go

A French town is told to remove its park's Virgin Mary statue as it breaks national secularism rules.

Bowe Bergdahl appeals to Obama for pardon

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his unit in Afghanistan, asks President Obama for a pardon.

England beat Australia to equal wins record

England equal their record of 14 consecutive Test victories with a fourth win in a row against Australia at Twickenham.

Airline pilot suffers heart attack at Glasgow Airport

The pilot of an airliner with 128 people on board suffers a heart attack as he taxies the plane to the runway at Glasgow Airport.

Chapecoense plane crash: Fans attend football team memorial

Tears and pain as the bodies of Brazil's plane crash victims arrive at Chapecoense stadium for a service.

Following the route of Fidel Castro's ashes

As Fidel Castro's ashes make their final journey from Havana to Santiago, Cubans try to come to terms with the death of their revolutionary leader.

MH370 relatives campaigning for answers on missing flight

Relatives of those who died on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 travel to Madagascar to lobby for the search for debris to be expanded.

The twin sisters celebrating their 100th birthday

Twin sisters Irene Crump and Phyllis Jones have just celebrated their 100th birthday.

Austrian election in 60 seconds

Bethany Bell explains why Austria is facing a Christmas presidential election - its second of the year.

The matador fighting bulls and sexism

Twenty-five-year-old Conchi Rios is one of only four female matadors fighting bulls in Spain.

Why is there an International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

Broadcaster Mik Scarlet gives a potted history of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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Vegetarian cafe refuses 'animal fat' £5 note

A vegetarian cafe refuses to accept the new £5 note after it emerged the currency contains animal products.

German comedy Toni Erdmann voted best film of 2016 by critics

A German comedy about a father trying to reconnect with his adult daughter has been named the best film of 2016 in a poll of more than 150 critics.

Orla Guerin: Iraqi Shia militias' show of force

Concern is growing over the rising power of Iraqi Shia militias in the battle for Mosul, Orla Guerin says.

Sarah Smith: Taking Trump literally and seriously

Donald Trump made a successful campaign with big promises. But if his supporters didn't even believe him, how should the press handle him now?

Megha Mohan: The human cost of the Philippines' 'War on Drugs'

Lower income and unemployed men are being targeted in extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Bethany Bell: Will far-right win Austria election?

Two candidates in Austria's presidential election held their final campaign events before the vote.

Power struggle in Hong Kong

The controversial legal challenges have been criticised as politically motivated.

Trump's potential conflicts of interest

A list of business holdings that could force Trump to choose between US interest and his bottom line

How Gambians vote with marbles

Gambian voters use marbles instead of ballot papers to vote in their presidential election in 1 December.

Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016

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

Living near the Arctic Circle

Photographer Ed Gold's images from the remote community of Galena in Alaska, USA.

Castro's ashes

The ashes of the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, are being taken to Santiago.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Images shortlisted for the People's Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos scores a stoppage-time equaliser to extend Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season in a bad-tempered El Clasico at Barcelona.

Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea come from behind to beat Manchester City 3-1 and increase their lead to four points at the top of the table.

West Ham United 1-5 Arsenal

Arsenal move up to second in the Premier League table with an emphatic victory over West Ham at London Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City

Tottenham consolidate their position on the fringes of the Premier League top four with a commanding win over struggling Swansea.

Free period

Chinese events organiser Churan Zheng gets free company menstrual leave and says that in her view it is an essential option for all women.

Week in pictures: 26 November - 2 December 2016

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

Spirited away

Spirited Away enjoys a 15th anniversary re-release, further cementing the central role of director Hayao Miyazaki in Japanese animation.

Post it

What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

Palace in ruins

The palace of a Ugandan king and he has been charged with murder - why?

Man vs bull

Spain is a divided country over arguably its most famous tradition of bullfighting.

No entry

Journalist's case raises fears America's weak press freedom laws don't protect against government power.

7 days quiz

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Deaths in the dorm

Turkish officials investigate if negligence was a factor in a fire that killed 12 people in a dorm.


Thousands of people are spreading a false rumour about a Washington pizza restaurant and a child sex ring. But why?

Fawlty fame

Actor who achieved fame as the bumbling Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers.

Setting sail

The largest ever all-female mission to Antarctica sets sail, to promote more women to the top of science.

Winter is coming

As winter approaches, the struggle Native American protesters face is growing harder by the day.

Air smiles

An American businessman has launched an online offer to donate his air miles to people who can't afford to fly home for Christmas

Chemical know-how

Australian students cheaply recreate a life-saving drug that was famously hiked in price last year.