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Definitive ceasefire takes effect in Colombia after 52 years

A ceasefire has come into effect in Colombia between the main leftist rebel group and the government, ending one of the world's longest insurgencies.

Brussels explosion: Bomb blast hits crime laboratory

A bomb explodes in the middle of the night outside a Brussels crime laboratory, causing "significant" damage but no casualties, Belgian media report.

Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

A team of six people complete a Nasa-funded Mars simulation in Hawaii, after living in a dome in near isolation for a year.

Los Angeles airport evacuation sparked by 'loud noises'

Unconfirmed reports of shots, later described by police as just "loud noises", spark evacuations at Los Angeles airport.

Brexit may send EU 'down the drain' - German vice chancellor

Germany's vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says the EU could go "down the drain" if Brexit is handled badly and that the UK cannot keep the "nice things" without any responsibility.

Parkinson's protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis

A test that can detect the stickiness of a key protein molecule could help diagnose the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a study from the University of Edinburgh suggests.

Female genital mutilation: Egypt to toughen penalties

Those who force genital mutilation on girls and women in Egypt face stiffer penalties under plans approved by the cabinet in Cairo.

Curfew lifted in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir lift a curfew in many parts of the Muslim-majority valley after more than 50 days of violence after the death of a popular militant leader.

Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel dies at 66 of heart attack

Legendary Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies aged 66 of a heart attack in California, just days after performing at the prestigious Los Angeles Forum.

Man 'put acid' in Australian sex club lubricant

A 62-year-old man is arrested after allegedly filling a lubricant dispenser with hydrochloric acid at a gay club in Sydney.

Calais chief wants new migrant border deal with UK

Migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be able to lodge their claim in France and not have to wait until they reach British soil, the region's president says.

Australian aid worker Kerry Wilson freed in Afghanistan

Aid worker Kerry Jane Wilson who was abducted earlier April in Afghanistan has now been freed, says Australia's foreign minister.

The displaced Nigerians facing death from hunger

Aid agencies are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria, where more than two million people have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Migrant crisis: How to stay sane in a refugee camp

A camp psychologist at the Kara Tepe refugee camp in Greece explains how refugees there take care of their mental health.

The man inside China's lonely 'bachelor village'

Xiong Jigen, 43, is one of many men inside China's remote "bachelor village", where bad roads and a skewed gender imbalance has made it difficult to find a wife.

Kazakhstan's 'Game of Thrones' to launch

Kazakhstan is preparing to launch its own version of the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Recreating life on Mars - in Hawaii

A team of scientists has just completed an unusual experiment to find out what it would be like to experience life on Mars.

Solo pilot, 18, completes around-the-world flight

Australian teenager Lachlan Smart has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft.

Cars stranded in flooded underpass in Turkey capital

Dozens of motorists are stranded when heavy rain flooded an underpass in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Ukraine's new hottest holiday location?

Can Odessa become Ukraine's new hot tourism ticket?

Don't Breathe scares off Suicide Squad

Low-budget thriller Don't Breathe replaces Suicide Squad at the top of the North American box office rankings.

Germany's Sigmar Gabriel defends middle finger gesture

Germany's economy minister and vice-chancellor has defended flicking the middle finger to a group of right-wing protesters earlier this month.

M Ilyas Khan: Pakistan chaos as millions told to leave

Pakistan has told all three million Afghan refugees within its borders to leave - causing chaos on its borders, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports.

Could Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff be impeached?

Your questions answered on the impeachment proceedings against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

The do and don'ts of the US national anthem

As American Football player Colin Kaepernick attracts criticism for refusing to stand for the US national anthem, what is the etiquette surrounding playing the national anthem and displaying the flag?

National treasures: What objects has the UK fought to keep in the country?

Jane Austen's ring, a £50m Picasso and other objects the UK has fought to keep in the country.

Myanmar earthquake

Scores of historic sites in Bagan - some there since the 10th Century - were badly damaged by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday.

Africa's top shots: 19-25 August 2016

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

Aiming for the skies

Amateur rocket enthusiasts have gathered in Scotland to mark 30 years of aiming for the skies.

Quake-hit Italy from air

Aerial shots reveal the devastation in Amatrice following Wednesday's earthquake which killed at least 247 people in central Italy.

Italy earthquake

Images from before and after an earthquake struck central Italy show the huge scale of the disaster.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona maintain their 100% start to the La Liga season as Ivan Rakitic's header earns them victory at Athletic Bilbao.

Patrick Reed wins The Barclays to earn place on USA Ryder Cup team

Patrick Reed wins his first tournament of the season at The Barclays to to earn place on the USA Ryder Cup team.

Michail Antonio: Uncapped West Ham man in Sam Allardyce's first England squad

Uncapped West Ham winger Michail Antonio is called up to manager Sam Allardyce's first England squad.

'Bare branches'

Xiong Jigen, 43, is one of many men inside China's remote "bachelor village', where bad roads and few women make it hard to find a wife.

Fabric of success

How Indian entrepreneur Lavanya Nalli is leading the modernisation of her family's 88-year-old clothing company, while still holding on to its decades of tradition.

Ticket to ride

The Facebook group where passengers cast a humorous eye on the behaviour of tram conductors.

After the floods

Widespread, catastrophic flooding across southern Louisiana this month damaged more than 100,000 homes, and killed 13 people. The project Humans of the Water set out to capture portraits of Louisianans after floodwaters wrecked homes and washed away memories, and to chronicle what was lost and what was saved.

'Give women a say'

How a long-running Irish beauty pageant became the unlikely battleground for the debate over the country's abortion laws.

Special power

A photography project takes on a deeper meaning for a father whose son has Down's Syndrome

Vaccine sprint

Africa's worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years prompts a race to protect millions of people from the disease, complicated by a shortage of vaccines.

Pawn addiction

As designer handbags receive record prices at auction, women are increasingly taking them to pawn shops to borrow money against them.