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German trains in deadly head-on crash

At least 10 people are killed and more than 100 injured as two passenger trains collide in the German state of Bavaria.

N Korea 'could soon have nuclear bomb'

North Korea could soon have enough plutonium for a nuclear weapon after restarting one of its reactors, a US spy chief says.

Andy Murray's wife gives birth to girl

Tennis star Andy Murray's wife Kim Sears has given birth to a girl.

UN fears for fate of Aleppo civilians

Up to 300,000 people could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, the UN says.

New Hampshire votes in key US primary

People in New Hampshire begin voting for Democrats and Republicans seeking their party nomination in the first primary of the US presidential race.

Google boss becomes highest-paid in US

The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai, has been awarded $199m (£138m) in shares, a regulatory filing reveals.

Clashes over Hong Kong food stalls

Police have clashed with protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong during an operation to shut down illegal food stalls.

Zuma U-turn over home revamp money

South Africa's president makes a U-turn in court over his refusal to repay millions of dollars in public funds used to upgrade his rural home.

Moscow outcry as stores demolished

Bulldozers tear down dozens of convenience stalls and kiosks in Moscow as part of a drive to clean up the city - but some residents are outraged.

Kenya casino gambler 'stoned to death'

A gambler is stoned to death by fellow players at a casino in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, after killing two of its employees in a row over a $300 (£210) loss, police say.

Man found on fire outside palace dies

A man dies after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in London, police say.

Man 'hurls alligator' into restaurant

A man in Florida is facing charges of aggravated assault after allegedly throwing an alligator into a fast-food restaurant.

VIDEO: The couple trapped on Ukraine's frontline

The elderly couple who will not leave the town of Peski on Ukraine's frontline despite shelling damaging their house.

VIDEO: Can fish help stop spread of Zika virus?

As Barack Obama requests $1.8bn to fight Zika, some communities in El Salvador think they hold the key to stopping the spread of the virus.

VIDEO: Exploring India's 'dead' car auctions

At India's "dead" car auctions, you can buy a car for a fraction of its market price. But there's a catch - the cars have all been damaged by flooding.

VIDEO: Life in Kokang a year on from conflict

The BBC's Jonah Fisher reports from the Kokang special region in north-eastern Myanmar, a year on from the scene of heavy fighting.

VIDEO: Meet the world's oldest powerlifter

At 93, Danish pensioner 'Svend Stensgaard' is the world's oldest licensed powerlifter,

VIDEO: Smartpatch aims to put snoring to bed

The Silent Partner claims to have come up with a solution for those sleeping with someone who snores.

VIDEO: What to expect from Year of Monkey

Monday 8 February 2016 marks the start of the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar.

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of an air strike

Behind the scenes of an air strike, aboard the French aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, in the Gulf.

VIDEO: Taiwan quake: The moment a survivor was found

Search teams in Taiwan have rescued a man and a woman from a collapsed apartment block more than two days after it was brought down by an earthquake.

Portugal wrinkles its nose at UK's EU deal

The EU renegotiation may be centre stage in the UK, but the rest of Europe has other pressing concerns, says Mark Mardell.

Hillary Clinton's problem with women

Hillary Clinton has a problem with women and especially younger women.

Who owns Bavaria's trains?

There is a tangled web of ownership and management of services on the German railway line where two trains have crashed, killing nine people.

What happened in Mong Kok?

Hundreds of people clashed with police in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Monday night, as officials tried to shut down a night food market.

UAE creates minister for happiness

The United Arab Emirates announces the creation of ministers of state for happiness and tolerance, as part of a major government shake-up.

Oil glut 'threatens price recovery'

A recent rise in oil prices is a "false dawn" and the oversupply of crude is set to worsen, according the International Energy Agency.

Deutsche Bank finances 'rock solid'

Shares in Deutsche Bank continue to fall on Tuesday despite assurances from the bank that its balance sheet is rock solid.

Facebook hit by French privacy order

Facebook has been given three months to stop tracking non-members of its social network without their consent in France.

'Hack' on DoJ and DHS downplayed

US authorities acknowledge a data breach affecting the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security - but downplay its severity.

Don McLean pleads not guilty to assault

American Pie singer Don McLean pleads not guilty to a domestic violence charge and will not appear in court later this month.

Oscars 2016: Stallone considered boycott

Sylvester Stallone says he thought about boycotting the Oscars ceremony because of this year's diversity row.

Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs

Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.

Water rights 'threaten' Spanish wetland

One of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat say environmentalists as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

Flashes of light may stop jet lag

Exposure to short flashes of light at night could help travellers adjust to new time zones and avoid jet lag, according to scientists.

Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

Ireland legend O'Connell quits rugby

Former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell is forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect on medical advice.

Neville targets must-win league game

Valencia boss Gary Neville says his team must beat Espanyol on Saturday to stop an alarming slide down the league table.

How the British and Americans started listening in

A secret visit to Bletchley Park sparked an alliance between UK and US intelligence agencies which continues today.

The 'fat girl' everybody loved

Sophie Tucker, who died 50 years ago, became a household name with her songs and skits on sex, ageing and being overweight.

ICC apology after witnesses named

ICC Judge apologises after microphones left on at the landmark trial of the ex-president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo.

Video 'shows Somalia plane bomber'

Somali intelligence officials release a video showing a passenger being given a laptop they say concealed a bomb that blew a hole into a passenger plane.

Indonesia imprisons IS supporters

A court in Indonesia sentences seven men to between three and five years in jail for supporting the Islamic State (IS) group.

'Miracle rescue' of avalanche soldier

An Indian soldier who was buried in an avalanche that struck the Siachen glacier six days ago has been found alive, officials say.

Bosnian Serb general dies in jail

A Bosnian Serb general, described as commander Ratko Mladic's right-hand man during the Bosnia war, dies in custody in The Hague.

Russia drill brings troops near Ukraine

Russia holds military exercises involving 8,500 troops, with dozens of ships and aircraft, in a southern region near rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Mexico gang captives freed by gas blast

About 60 Central American migrants held captive by a gang in the Mexican city of Reynosa escape after a gas explosion.

Colombia bans mining in moorlands

Colombia's constitutional court bans mining in the country's moorlands, which environmentalists say are key to the nation's water supplies.

Car bomb targets Damascus police club

Several people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a police officers' club in the Syrian capital, Damascus, the interior ministry says.

Iraqi charged over Kayla Mueller death

The widow of a former senior Islamic State group leader is charged over the death of US hostage Kayla Mueller, the US justice department says.

Paltrow takes stand in stalking trial

Gwyneth Paltrow tells a Los Angeles court she feared for her family's safety after receiving multiple letters from a man accused of stalking her.

Canadian twins die in bobsled accident

Canadian authorities identify the teenage twin brothers who were killed over the weekend in a toboggan accident in Calgary.

Charity appeal to trace slum families

Housing charity Shelter wants to find former residents

In pictures: Refugees at Turkey's border

Syrian refugees trapped on the Turkish border at Kilis

Can technology help build a perfect country?

Can technology help build a perfect country?

Viewpoint: Are Donald Trump and his rivals a big joke?

Are Trump and his rivals a big joke, asks PJ O'Rourke

Japan and the whale

History, food, identity or perhaps bureaucracy?

Why more Americans are giving up their passports

Why expats are handing back their passports

Why do people use flotation tanks?

Why do people spend hours lying in flotation tanks?

Caves reveal Australia wasteland's secret past

Caves reveal a desert's rainforest past

Viewpoint: Brain tanning and the alchemy of road kill

What one woman did with a kangaroo carcass

Viewpoint: Will 2016 be a turning point for free speech in India?

Will 2016 be a turning point for free speech in India?

When is a theory 'just a theory'?

Is it wrong to call evolution 'just a theory'?

Is self-publishing coming of age?

How easy is it for authors to self-publish?