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European Parliament head tries to save EU-Canada trade talks

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:33:07 GMT

The European Parliament president calls for emergency meetings to try to save a free trade deal with Canada, after a Belgian region blocked it.

US election: Trump takes aim at First Lady Michelle Obama

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:57:19 GMT

Republican candidate Donald Trump has launched a rare attack on First Lady Michelle Obama, saying "all she wants to do is campaign" for his rival.

Russia accuses UK over 'shrinking' London embassy

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:49:39 GMT

The Russian ambassador to the UK accuses the government of delaying the granting of visas to staff at the country's embassy in London.

Calais 'Jungle' closure to start Monday

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:51 GMT

France says it will begin dismantling the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on Monday morning.

Syria attack: Government accused of using chlorine

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:03:41 GMT

A third gas attack was carried out by Syrian forces in the north-western Idlib region of Syria in March last year, an international inquiry concludes.

Cyber attacks briefly knock out top sites

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:32:15 GMT

Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Soundcloud and several other sites have been affected by three web attacks.

Mosul battle: IS 'may use civilians as human shields'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:06:23 GMT

At least 200 Iraqi families have been forced to leave their homes for Mosul by Islamic State (IS) fighters and could be used as human shields, the UN warns.

Venezuela opposition accuses government of 'coup'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:14:04 GMT

Venezuela's opposition accuses the government of staging a coup by blocking their drive to hold a referendum on removing President Maduro from office.

Jamar Clark death: No police disciplinary proceedings

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:32:03 GMT

Two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old unarmed black man will not be disciplined, police in the US city Minneapolis say.

Mexico missing students: Ex-police chief in Iguala arrested

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:08:17 GMT

The former police chief of the Mexican city where 43 students disappeared in September 2014 has been detained after two years in the run, officials say.

Cameroon train derailment kills at least 53

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:02:44 GMT

At least 53 people die and 300 are injured when a packed passenger train derails in Cameroon, the country's transport minister says.

Belfast murder: Joe Reilly killing 'cold-blooded execution'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:51:12 GMT

The murder of a man in west Belfast was "a cold-blooded summary execution of a man in his own house," police say.

Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:10:14 GMT

The gouge in the ground likely made by Europe's Schiaparelli probe as it hit the surface of Mars on Wednesday has been imaged by an American satellite.

US election: Michelle Obama - Clinton's not-so-secret weapon

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:27:21 GMT

Michelle Obama is heading to Arizona as Democrats see the opportunity to turn the traditionally red state blue.

Mosul displaced: 'We ran for our lives'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:29:56 GMT

People from Mosul villages speak of how they fled IS and a raging battle

Inside the militants' tunnels in Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:38:25 GMT

A deep network of underground tunnels has been uncovered at the outskirts of Mosul.

Juncker to BBC reporter: Are you the British Prime Minister?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:25:54 GMT

Ros Atkins asked leaders at the EU summit how dinner went the night before. Jean-Claude Juncker had his own question.

Lady Gaga as you've never seen her before?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:54:57 GMT

Lady Gaga talks about the inspiration behind her new album, and what she makes of the US presidential elections.

First contest for Mr and Miss Albino held in Kenya

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:34:45 GMT

Youngsters with albinism are stepping into the limelight, hoping to be named Kenya's first Mr and Miss Albino.

Kirkuk resident 'ready to die for family'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:55:40 GMT

Ahmed, a resident in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which has come under fierce attack by the so-called Islamic State, describes how he is prepared to die to protect his family.

US election: Trump takes aim at Clinton at gala

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:33:29 GMT

Donald Trump takes aim at Hillary Clinton in a speech at a traditional charity dinner in New York.

Chemical bike lock causes vomiting to deter thieves

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:42:28 GMT

Two inventors from San Francisco develop a bike lock that induces vomiting and shortness of breath if someone tries to cut the lock.

Help find Jeremy the 'lefty' snail a mate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:17:50 GMT

A rare garden snail with an anticlockwise shell has been discovered in London, but he must mate with similar.

Jonathan Beale: Slow progress for the Mosul offensive

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:25:29 GMT

The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale on the week that saw Iraq launch the fight to push IS from its second-biggest city

Sanchia Berg: Young, Polish and pondering Brexit future

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:18:34 GMT

Born in Poland, brought up in Britain - how do the younger generation of Poles here feel Brexit will affect their future? Sanchia Berg reports.

James Badcock: Is Spain turning into Belgium?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:37:32 GMT

Spain's economy is doing perfectly well, but it has been without a government for over 300 days and is eyeing Belgium's record 541 days with no administration.

Daily dig: Richard Branson has Donald Trump in his sights

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:26:13 GMT

With just 17 days until America votes for its next president, Richard Branson steps in to give his verdict on the candidates and Joe Biden wishes he was at school with Donald Trump.

San Francisco homeless: New plan to clear tents off streets

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:59:15 GMT

Wealthy San Francisco tech investors are bankrolling a law to ban the city's homeless from pitching tents - will it work?

Is it safe to drink five litres of undiluted squash?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:49:39 GMT

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure at London Zoo drank five litres of blackcurrant squash before being tranquillised. What impact would this have had?

Week in pictures: 15-21 October 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:13:11 GMT

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

Sculpture by the Sea

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:45:47 GMT

The Sydney coastline has been enlivened by the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, this year featuring a gigantic flip flop and an upside down rhino.

Africa's top shots: 14-20 October 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:49:02 GMT

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

Octopus hunters

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:18:17 GMT

The white beaches of Zanzibar’s coast are home to the octopus hunters, in search of the delicacy.

Rising ape

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:10:34 GMT

A photo of an orangutan climbing high into a tree to reach some figs takes the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

England Women 0-0 France Women

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:06:45 GMT

England stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches with a goalless draw against France in Doncaster.

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in United States GP practice

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:34:39 GMT

Lewis Hamilton was only third in second practice at the US Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg sets the pace.

United States GP: McLaren bid to remove chairman Ron Dennis

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:02:41 GMT

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis' position is under threat from his fellow shareholders and Ross Brawn and Martin Whitmarsh could replace him.

Murdered for her selfies

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:27:33 GMT

Murdered social media star Qandeel Baloch posted images of herself that few Pakistani women would dare to – but did her traditional village background catch up with her? The second of three episodes.

Back from the brink

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:11:26 GMT

Pop star Phil Collins is back, after a disastrous attempt at retirement spiralled into alcoholism.

Power couple

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:07:57 GMT

Barack and Michelle Obama have been hitting the campaign trail hard for Hillary Clinton - will it be enough to win her the White House?

Sci-fi Iraq

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:56:34 GMT

From dome gardens and psychedelic insects to an apocalyptic vision of corpse trading, Iraqi writers imagine their homeland 100 years after the US invasion.

My ancestors, and me

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:19:33 GMT

Author and historian William Dalrymple connects with his past in the Indian city of Kolkata, and brings back some glorious photos.

From books to cosmetics

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:27:40 GMT

One of the world's leading feminists is not the obvious choice to be the face of a make-up brand, but Boots has just made Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the face of No7.

For real?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:35:39 GMT

The United Nations has come under fire for appointing comic book character Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

10 Things

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:58:44 GMT

How fast an 85-year-old can run a marathon, and more news nuggets.

Week in pictures: 15-21 October 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:13:11 GMT

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