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Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani 'killed in Aleppo'

One of the longest-serving and most prominent leaders of so-called Islamic State, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, is killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

Europe's 'unfair' Apple tax ruling sparks US anger

The US Treasury criticises 'unfair' tax rulings by the European Commission, following a demand that Apple hands over €13bn in unpaid tax.

Colin Kaepernick protest: Trump tells NFL player to quit US

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should find another country, said Donald Trump after the player sat through the national anthem to protest over race relations.

Topless Marianne remark by PM Manuel Valls stirs French row

Prime Minister Manuel Valls angers political rivals by invoking the symbol of the French republic, Marianne, in the row over "burkini" beach bans.

Syria war: US welcomes pause in Turkish-Kurdish clashes

The US welcomes a pause in fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, urging them to focus on fighting so-called Islamic State.

'Racist school hair rules' suspended at SA's Pretoria Girls High

Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African school are suspended after anti-racism protest from pupils, a local minister says.

Macron quits to clear way for French presidential bid

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigns from the government ahead of an expected centrist bid for the presidency in next year's election.

Italy earthquake: State funeral for 37 victims in Amatrice

A state funeral for 37 victims of the Italian earthquake is held in Amatrice, the town that bore the brunt of the disaster.

Nepal bans Indian police pair for 'fake' Everest climb

Nepal imposes a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, officials say.

Blade Runner: Construction worker dies on set of sequel

A construction worker has been killed on the set of the sequel to Blade Runner, which was filming in Budapest.

California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

California legislators close a loophole in sexual assault cases allowing for more lenient sentences where no force is used, after a high-profile Stanford case.

England v Pakistan: Hosts break ODI record as Alex Hales hits 171 in series victory

England post the highest ever one-day international total as they beat Pakistan by 169 runs to secure a series victory at Trent Bridge.

Drone captures stunning view of Uluru

One of Australia's best-known landmarks, Uluru, has been filmed from a new perspective.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea meets Koko the gorilla

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea says meeting Koko the gorilla was an experience he will never forget.

US Election: Battleground state Ohio voters share their views

The BBC's Nick Bryant speaks to voters in Ohio, one of nine key US battleground states in the US presidential election.

SA school's 'racist hair rules': A visual guide

A visual guide to which hairstyles are banned at a South African school accused of racism over its hair rules.

'I didn't know drinking would harm my child'

South Africa has the highest reported rate of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome - Nomsa Maseko reports from the Western Cape.

Italy earthquake: Cat rescued after several days

A cat has been found alive after several days under the rubble after an earthquake destroyed parts of central Italy.

Migrant crisis: 'They couldn't wait... they threw themselves into the water'

Laura Lanuza, from charity Proactiva Open Arms, describes the scene as thousands of migrants were rescued from boats near the Libyan coast.

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron resigns

The French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has resigned from Francois Hollande's government, amid speculation that he's considering running for president.

Aboriginal mum posts daughter's 'whiteface' photos

An Aboriginal mother has posted photos of her daughter dressed in 'whiteface' to highlight the "double standards" inflaming racial debates in Australia.

Twins conjoined at birth prepare to start school

Twins Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born conjoined and had an operation to separate them, are preparing to start school.

Brazil impeachment: Key questions

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

Search for the Anthropocene 'golden spike'

Scientists investigating whether we have entered a new geological age are seeking a suitable "spike" in the environmental record that betrays significant human influence.

Gene Wilder: Wild-eyed star and top comic talent

Wild-eyed star who became one of Hollywood's top comedy talents.

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.

Wayne Rooney: England captain to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup

England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Sergio Aguero: Man City striker charged with violent conduct over Winston Reid elbow

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could face a three-match ban after being charged with elbowing West Ham's Winston Reid.

Joe Hart: Torino set to announce signing of Man City goalkeeper on deadline day

Serie A side Torino are set to announce the loan signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart after he arrived in Italy for a medical.

Washing puzzle

Can an algorithm turn you into an efficient sock-sorting machine?

Jumpy Americans

Travellers fled Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday in the latest case of panic at US airports. Are people getting jumpier about attacks?

Last stand?

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's decision to defend herself may have been about making a grand exit, writes BBC Brasil's Julia Carneiro.

Pacific grim

Australia's diplomatic relations have become increasingly complicated as China throws its weight around in the Asia-Pacific region, to the concern of the US.

Pantomime farce?

In a marathon political chess game Spain's acting Prime Minister Rajoy looks set to fail again to form a government, James Badcock reports.

Forgotten pioneer

Thirty years ago, India discovered the dreaded HIV virus had reached its shores when blood samples from six sex workers tested positive.

'Gorillas over people'

Uganda's government is being accused of caring more about gorilla tourism than Batwa pygmies, write Tommy Trenchard and Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville.

A woman's workplace

After a year of asking CEOs to reveal their advice for success, BBC News looks at the role of gender in business mentoring.

Tashkent truth

Uzbekistan has never commented on the frequent rumours of its president's health, which makes the confirmation of his current illness all the more shocking.

Ticket to ride

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