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Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:39:45 GMT

Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.

Chelsea Manning decision: Obama under fire for cutting sentence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:43:16 GMT

White House says Republican criticism "outrageous" given Donald Trump has praised Wikileaks.

CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:35:08 GMT

Intelligence briefings, flying saucer sightings and psychic tests are all part of the archive.

Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh crisis grows

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:35:24 GMT

Nigeria also joins a show of force to pressure President Jammeh to accept electoral defeat.

Natalie Portman on playing Jackie Kennedy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:01:34 GMT

The actress says her latest role is "a portrait of grief and incredible sorrow".

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against 'punishment beatings'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:00 GMT

Boris Johnson tells the EU not to treat the UK's Brexit "escape" like a "World War Two movie".

Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey 'in first joint air strikes on IS'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:24:11 GMT

Moscow says nine of its jets and eight of Turkey's pounded so-called Islamic State targets.

Italy earthquakes 'a catastrophe' for snowbound central region

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:42:26 GMT

The president of the Marche region appeals for aid after three strong quakes strike in a single day.

Trump's inauguration: An insider's tour

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:20:35 GMT

The day begins early for President-elect Trump at the exclusive White House guest residence.

German fury at AfD Hoecke's Holocaust memorial remark

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:28:54 GMT

A right-wing leader in Germany provokes outrage for condemning the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

George HW Bush and wife in hospital

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:48:12 GMT

The former president is in intensive care and the first lady is suffering fatigue and a cough.

Manchester United appoint full-time counter-terrorism manager

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:15:44 GMT

Manchester United say they have become the first sports club in England to appoint a full-time counter-terrorism manager.

Indian woman held for acid attack on ex-lover

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:41:16 GMT

The rare attack in India was allegedly carried out by a woman angry at her lover for breaking up.

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:22:26 GMT

A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.

Campaign funds Hidden Figures tickets

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:08:14 GMT

Crowd-funding campaigns to see the untold story behind America's space program are proving hugely successful in the US.

Barack Obama gives final news briefing as president

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:43:44 GMT

President Barack Obama is giving his final news briefing at the White House.

Travelling from China to London

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:07:48 GMT

China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade.

President Trump: What happens on inauguration day

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:09:57 GMT

Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday.

The house that YouTube built

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:26:34 GMT

Cara Brookins constructed a house for her family after leaving an abusive relationship.

The Gambia: British and Dutch tourists leave after new advice

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:02:25 GMT

Tourists were told to leave The Gambia following President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to hand power to the president-elect.

Man creates carousel on Helsinki lake

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:03:32 GMT

The 200-tonne ice carousel was created by Janne Kapylehto, using a chainsaw.

Mexicans' Donald Trump fears

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:02:51 GMT

Mexicans are worried about what a cut to tax remittances sent to them by relatives in the United States could do to their lives and businesses.

Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:55:18 GMT

Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.

Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:18:41 GMT

Flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying are all common features of toilets in Japan.

Kim Kardashian will appear in the all-female Ocean's Eight

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:06:22 GMT

The all-female Ocean's Eight film adds two new cast members - Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.

Jeremy Bowen: Returning home to ruins of East Aleppo

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:44:16 GMT

Large areas of East Aleppo are like ghost towns, but some families are returning to their old homes or moving into unoccupied buildings, says Jeremy Bowen.

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.

Gambia political crisis: What happens next?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30:08 GMT

A political crisis is growing in The Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh refuses to admit electoral defeat and has declared a state of emergency.

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.

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.

Africa's top shots: 7 - 13 January 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:20:46 GMT

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

Keeping the slopes open

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:40:31 GMT

Photographer John Vink captures the work behind the scenes keeping the ski slopes open at Saint Sorlin d'Arves in France.

James Ellington & Nigel Levine: British sprinters 'truly blessed' to be alive

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:25:14 GMT

British sprinter James Ellington says he does not know how he or team-mate Nigel Levine survived a motorbike accident in Spain.

Manchester United: Memphis Depay sale agreed with Lyon

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:58 GMT

Manchester United agree a deal to sell Memphis Depay to Lyon for a fee thought to be in the region of £16m.

Andy Murray column on Dan Evans, injury worries and inspiring the next generation

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:54:20 GMT

World number one Andy Murray on fellow Briton Dan Evans, injuring his ankle and inspiring kids to take up tennis.

Formula 1 sale to Liberty Media approved by FIA

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:06:10 GMT

Formula 1's governing body the FIA approves the sale of the sport's commercial rights to Liberty Media.

Obama and Africa

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:56:16 GMT

As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa.

East to West

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:17 GMT

The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.

The secret university

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:33:24 GMT

Iran's Bahai minority is forbidden from studying at university - but they have a way round it, at least until it comes to postgraduate degrees.

Off the rails

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:44:12 GMT

Did an ill-fated train journey really pull Serbia and Kosovo to the brink of conflict?

Shock of the nude

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:33:29 GMT

The BBC's Siobhann Tighe was unsure what to do when she boarded a bus and sat next to a man watching porn on his mobile phone. Here readers tell their own stories of porn in public.

Mud hut periods

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:20:28 GMT

BBC Nepali reporter Krishnamaya on that tradition that forces menstruating women into outhouses.

Golden idea

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:37:33 GMT

Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.

Awaiting the cut

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:32:38 GMT

The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.

'Nobody's people'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:35:51 GMT

In 1991, the world's largest refugee camp opened in Kenya to shelter Somalis fleeing war.

'Girly girls' in the workplace

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:02:00 GMT

Could a club for "girly girls" really help improve female equality in the workplace?

Bridging the urban-rural divide

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:16:24 GMT

Could experts at Davos find the right formula to shaping urban policies that will create progressive cities?

Bill Gates, Shakira and Brexit

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:13:25 GMT

It's that time of year that sees politicians, chief executives and a few Hollywood stars rubbing shoulders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. But why should we care?

Elites in retreat?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:12:11 GMT

Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of populism have left the world's "liberal elites" reeling. Can Davos, their ideological habitat, survive?