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Card queen

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:34:47 GMT

Not many professional gamblers are bipolar women, but Cat Hulbert was one of the best - and she delighted in winning money from men.

Aleppo battle: Syria rebels call for truce to evacuate civilians

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:24:27 GMT

Syrian rebels call for truce to allow civilian evacuations after withdrawing from Aleppo's old city.

Trump names his ambassador to China

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:42 GMT

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be the new US ambassador to China, according to US media.

First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:33:11 GMT

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back the first views from its new orbit around Saturn.

Pakistan International Airways crash 'leaves no survivors'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:07:28 GMT

There are no survivors as a Pakistan Airlines plane with 48 people on board crashes in the north.

Italy's Renzi to hand in resignation amid political turmoil

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:36 GMT

Italy's PM confirms he will resign later on Wednesday, after the Senate passes the 2017 budget.

Apple says iPhones safe despite China 'fires'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:26:58 GMT

Apple has blamed "external factors" for a handful of iPhone batteries overheating in China.

Labour says MPs are entitled to Brexit plan details

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:47:39 GMT

Labour opens a Commons Brexit debate saying MPs are entitled to know details of ministers' plans.

'Thousands' of geese die in toxic Montana pit mine

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:35 GMT

Migrating snow geese die after landing in mine wastewater acidic enough to dissolve steel.

PewDiePie quit plan prompts YouTube reply

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:02:10 GMT

YouTube denies changing its algorithms, after its most popular star threatens to delete his channel.

India doctor to operate on '500kg' Egyptian woman

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:56 GMT

An Egyptian woman, said to weigh 500kg, is to be airlifted to India for weight reduction surgery.

New Zealander says passport photo rejection 'not racist'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:03:46 GMT

New Zealand man of Asian origin has "no hard feelings" after passport system said eyes were closed.

Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:55:47 GMT

An earthquake off Indonesia's northern Aceh province kills at least 97, say military officials.

Syria rebels 'withdraw from Old City' of Aleppo

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:56:26 GMT

Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, while calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians

The journalists risking their lives to film in Aleppo

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:13:30 GMT

The journalists who risk their lives documenting Aleppo speak of the difficult choices they have to make.

Siberia sky lit up by meteor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:20:24 GMT

People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.

Pearl Harbor survivor, 103, recalls 'human torches'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:41:55 GMT

James Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, shares his vivid memories of how the day unfolded.

Damon defends his role in Chinese film 'The Great Wall'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:30:51 GMT

Actor Matt Damon has defended his role in the Chinese film The Great Wall following accusations of 'whitewashing'.

100 Women 2016: Birthday cakes and candles for retired Russian cows

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:09:49 GMT

One Woman's quest to rescue Russia's aging cows.

World news in one minute

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:43:14 GMT

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

China shuts down thousands of live stream accounts

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:18:38 GMT

Chinese authorities order thousands of accounts on popular live streaming apps and sites to shut down.

Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:35:35 GMT

US President-elect Donald Trump is named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016.

Girl's party invitation attracts 1.2m

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:38:04 GMT

More than a million people say they will attend a Mexican girl's party after the invitation goes viral.

How China could tackle Trump - Barbara Plett Usher

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:29:25 GMT

There are many ways China could respond to any further provocations from Donald Trump after his Taiwan call.

Fergal Keane: Yemen's human suffering

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:18:56 GMT

Hunger and disease stalk Yemenis with no end in sight as the war grinds on, writes Fergal Keane.

From US Dream to Asian ambition - Andreas Schleicher

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:06 GMT

Why do Asian countries do so well in global education rankings? The OECD's education director says it reflects a belief that all pupils can succeed.

The top contenders to be France's president

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:11:48 GMT

Profiles of the leading candidates to become France's president in the election in April and May 2017.

Why is Bangalore stuck in traffic jams?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:53:16 GMT

The hot topic of conversation in India's Bangalore city these days is the unending traffic jams.

How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:03 GMT

An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?

Fighting for Vietnam

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:38:32 GMT

Portraits of the female veterans who risked their lives for their country

The beauty of Britain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:30:10 GMT

The finalists of the 2016 Through the Lens photography awards discuss their images of the British Isles.

Your pictures

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:48:38 GMT

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme "Lines".

Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:53:50 GMT

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

Living near the Arctic Circle

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:06:07 GMT

Photographer Ed Gold's images from the remote community of Galena in Alaska, USA.

Dubai Ladies Masters: Caddie dies after collapsing during first round

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:05:32 GMT

Maximilian Zechmann dies after collapsing while caddying for French player Anne-Lise Caudal during the Dubai Ladies Masters.

Roy Hodgson: Former England boss hopeful of return to management

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:10:49 GMT

Former England manager Roy Hodgson hopes to return to football after stepping down following the national side's Euro 2016 exit.

Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia arrests LaMia airline boss

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:04:21 GMT

Bolivian authorities arrest the head of the airline involved in the Chapecoense air disaster.

Dario Gradi expected to answer FA questions over ex-Chelsea scout Heath

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:43:07 GMT

The FA is expected to quiz Dario Gradi over claims he "smoothed over" a sex assault complaint against a Chelsea scout.

Air Force $

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:02:55 GMT

Military gear, special shielding and its own defence systems - Air Force One is two of a kind.

Numbers game

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:18:45 GMT

For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?

Person of the year quiz

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:34:38 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Defence secrets

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:56:51 GMT

Ukraine's defence contracts are cloaked in secrecy and reformers complain of corruption, David Stern reports.

Beating Parkinson's

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:20:08 GMT

Parkinson's disease stopped 32-year-old Emma drawing and writing but a new invention is changing her life.

Trolls and triumph

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:24:33 GMT

Politics and social media has collided under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

Broke this Christmas?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:25:14 GMT

A radical solution to Xmas overspending, from blogger Emily Hedlund.

Smoke and mirrors

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:41:00 GMT

Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Back with a bang

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:53:30 GMT

Dancehall star Sean Paul on topping the charts, becoming a father and living next door to Usain Bolt.

'Muslim, British and proud'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:10:32 GMT

Celebrity Bake and Great British Bake-Off Winner Nadiya Hussain talks to the BBC 100 Women season about writing, parenting and her identity as a British Muslim.

‘Man up!’ Saying no to period leave

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:14:34 GMT

Churan Zheng, an events organiser in China, told the BBC all women should be offered menstrual leave, but some readers disagreed.

BBC 100 Women 2016: Who are our forgotten women? Join our edit-a-thon

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:29:51 GMT

BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - tell us who you want to add.

Both ‘too big’ and ‘too small’

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:11:08 GMT

Iskra Lawrence never fitted into a fashion industry box... so she decided to use social media to create her own.

Rainbow bank

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:15:50 GMT

Why two rainbow-coloured lions have sparked a debate about LGBT rights in Hong Kong.