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Rigopiano avalanche: Eight found alive in Italy hotel after two days

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:24:14 GMT

Two children are among the eight who have spent at least 40 hours buried in snow and rubble.

Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra's Roman Theatre

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:42:59 GMT

IS militants destroy part of the Roman Theatre's facade and a nearby monument.

Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:03:17 GMT

Regional leaders are in Gambia to persuade Yahya Jammeh to transfer power to his successor.

El Chapo: Drug lord Joaquin Guzman extradited from Mexico to US

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:56:56 GMT

Joaquin Guzman is flown to New York charged with money laundering and drug trafficking.

East Timor punished for changing birth certificates to hire Brazilian players

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:47:05 GMT

The national team of East Timor is found to have fielded 12 ineligible Brazilian players across as many as 36 matches after changing birth and baptism documents.

Japan fortune teller 'ordered to pay' client forced into prostitution

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:49:47 GMT

Woman was forced to believe that she could repay a debt only by becoming a sex worker, reports say.

US frisbee team captures frozen lake crossing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:50:49 GMT

Unusual mobile phone footage shows the frisbee skittering across the ice in the US.

'Huge leap' in prostate cancer testing

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:02:58 GMT

A quarter of men "could be spared invasive prostate biopsies" if gland was scanned first.

China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:46:46 GMT

The figure meets Beijing's forecasts, but some say growth is slower than the official data suggests.

Melbourne car deaths: Four killed as driver strikes pedestrians

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:52:02 GMT

Four people including a young child are killed, but police say it is not a terror attack.

British man dies working on Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:06:56 GMT

A 40-year old British man has died while working at a flagship venue in Qatar, organisers say.

Man killed by crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:56:13 GMT

A man is taken by a 3.3m (11ft) crocodile after ignoring signs at a "notorious" crossing, police say.

Survivors pulled from avalanche hotel after two days

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:58:42 GMT

Rescue workers cheer as they pulled the first survivors from the buried ruins of the Italian hotel.

Melbourne car deaths: Mobile footage shows driver

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:04:37 GMT

A bystander films the driver of a car arrested in Melbourne in connection with the death of three pedestrians struck by a vehicle.

Russian TV chief labels US intelligence report 'a joke'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:17:11 GMT

The editor-in-chief of Russia's state broadcaster RT has defended its coverage of the US election campaign.

Past presidents taking the oath of office

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:05:49 GMT

Before you can become commander in chief, you must first take the oath of office.

Tottenham Hotspur stadium: Five facts about Spurs' new home ground

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:36:05 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur have revealed images of the club's new stadium which is being built in north London.

Turnips pummell Jarramplas at annual Spanish festival

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:09:24 GMT

People at a festival in Piornal in Spain throw turnips at a character called Jarramplas, who represents a cattle thief in folklore.

Utah couple's life transformed by quadruplets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:13:45 GMT

Ashley and Tyson Gardner had two sets of identical twins by IVF.

Meet the marching band that agreed to play Trump's inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:24:57 GMT

The Talladega Marching Tornadoes are a historically black college marching band that agreed to play for Donald Trump's inauguration.

Woody Harrelson shoots live movie hours after 'WW2 bomb' discovery

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:42:07 GMT

Woody Harrelson says he has no intention of making another live movie like Lost in London.

LGBT dance party staged outside incoming US vice-president Mike Pence's house

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:24:41 GMT

Activists unhappy about Mike Pence becoming US vice-president danced to Beyonce and Whitney Houston outside his house.

Jonathan Head: Should Malaysia fund new MH370 search?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:10:39 GMT

Might the search for missing airliner MH370 resume, and if so who would pay for it?

Viewpoint: Obama got balance right with Manning

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:09 GMT

Former US Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley says Barack Obama was right to cut Chelsea Manning's sentence.

Ben Wright: Teetotal Trump and the drinking presidents

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:53:50 GMT

What the chief executive's relationship with alcohol reveals about the occupants of the White House.

The perils of reporting on China's GDP

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:29:52 GMT

China GDP: A compilation of Chinese whispers?

Gambia political crisis: What happens next?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:18:11 GMT

The Gambia is in crisis, with long-time leader Yahya Jammeh refusing to step down and allow the elected leader to take power.

Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:18 GMT

Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency.

Sophie the Giraffe: How safe is it?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30:16 GMT

After mould is reportedly found in the popular children's toy - should parents be worried?

How often do planes fall on houses?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:47:56 GMT

Plane crashes in residential areas are extremely rare, largely because of the skill of pilots in a crisis.

Is free trade good or bad?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:14:56 GMT

Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.

Lords of the ruins

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:09:10 GMT

Photographs taken by BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen as he takes a journey through eastern Aleppo's largely deserted streets.

Africa's top shots

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:29:58 GMT

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

In pictures: Prize pigeons

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:25:32 GMT

Photographs from inside a Turkish pigeon auction in Sanliurfa.

Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:35:24 GMT

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

Australian Open 2017: Dan Evans joins Andy Murray in fourth round

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:21:13 GMT

Dan Evans joins Andy Murray in the last 16 of the Australian Open with a brilliant win over Australia's Bernard Tomic.

Australian Open: Roger Federer eases past Tomas Berdych in third round

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:38:30 GMT

Roger Federer puts on a dominant display to beat 10th seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the Australian Open.

Six Nations 2017: England include Mike Williams, Nathan Catt and Alex Lozowski

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:15:31 GMT

Defending champions England name three uncapped players in their Six Nations squad, and also recall Maro Itoje and James Haskell after injury.

Borderline behaviour

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:37:19 GMT

A website is juxtaposing selfie-takers at a Holocaust memorial with concentration camp scenes, but is there a right way to behave at such sites?

Getting it right

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:57:30 GMT

When children in Shanghai took part in the Pisa tests of educational attainment, the world was shocked by their maths results. Should the rest of the world be teaching maths the same way?

'Martyrs of marriage'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:05:22 GMT

In India, where crimes against women are rampant, a female activist speaks up for harassed men.

7 days quiz

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:31:48 GMT

A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

The granny solution

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:27:01 GMT

In France, some students are snapping up cheap rents in exchange for helping old people out in their homes

Finding home

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:31:51 GMT

The man whose Google Earth hunt inspired a Hollywood film says his life has changed once more.

Happy hookah

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:10:16 GMT

Lebanon's capital Beirut has had a troubled past, but it's now becoming the Middle East's tech hub.

Intimate questions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:07:13 GMT

A transgender woman who offered people the chance to ask "invasive questions" on an internet forum has been overwhelmed by the response.

'I saw dead children'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:59:10 GMT

An eyewitness relives the horror of an erroneous bombing by Nigeria's military of a camp for displaced people.

'Born to move'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:08:43 GMT

Many of the bosses at the World Economic Forum in Davos are not just obsessed by corporate success, but also physical fitness.

Alkaline swindle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:25:08 GMT

Naima Houder-Mohammed believed Robert O Young, the father of the alkaline diet, could cure her. It didn't turn out as she hoped.

Black marching band braves backlash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:01:12 GMT

The only black college marching band to play at the Trump inauguration reaches Washington, braving an intense backlash.

Trump inauguration: Where next president stands on key issues

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:31:17 GMT

From tax to health, to immigration to foreign policy, here is where next US President Donald Trump stands on key issues.

Trump's Ford deal dashes Mexican villagers' dreams

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:51:09 GMT

Villa de Reyes' dreams of a better future have been dashed by the incoming US president.

Why are Democrats boycotting?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:17:17 GMT

More than 50 House Democrats are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony amid a feud between the president-elect and civil rights activist John Lewis.