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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader
Marine Le Pen says she will be above "partisan considerations" as she seeks the French presidency.

North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing
The unusual move comes amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The land that used to belong to so-called Islamic State
BBC gets rare access to north western Syria where so-called IS have been defeated.

Serena Williams calls Ilie Nastase comments 'racist' and backs investigation
Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase's comments about her unborn child are "racist" and backs an International Tennis Federation investigation.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Obama at Chicago youth event: 'I'm old'
A relaxed-looking Barack Obama soon felt his age at his first public event since leaving the White House.

US imposes 'sweeping' Syria sanctions over 'chemical' attack
Washington says its "sweeping" sanctions target 271 employees of Syria's state scientific agency.

New Orleans removes first of four Confederate statues
Wearing bullet-proof gear, contractors removed the statue under the watch of armed snipers.

Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists
Rapists could avoid jail if they married their victim, and stayed together for at least three years.

US-Israeli man, 18, in court over threats against Jewish centres
Prosecutors say Michael Kadar made hoax calls to airlines, hospitals and Jewish schools worldwide.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks new space record
Space station commander Peggy Whitson has now spent more time than any other US astronaut in space.

Germany's 'Love Parade' organisers to face trial over stampede deaths
A stampede in a tunnel at a German music festival in 2010 led to 21 deaths.

Arkansas prepares for first US double execution in 17 years
Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are seeking stays on grounds of poor health.

Tweet spurs Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o film
A photo of the pair sparks a film idea by fans on Twitter and they both say they're up for it.

Bend It Like Granny
The 98-year-old grandmother from India's Tamil Nadu state who leads a yoga dynasty.

Facebook?s Sheryl Sandberg on grief: ?It does get better?
Facebook?s Sheryl Sandberg speaks movingly about her grief after the death of her husband.

London Marathon runners on that special moment
David Wyeth and Matthew Rees recall their inspiring encounter at the London Marathon finish line.

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

Was Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'?
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

Army base walls 'pocked with gunshot fire'
At the scene of Friday's attack in Mazar-e Sharif, in which scores of Afghan soldiers were killed.

US toddler saved after fall from back of bus
She escaped with a broken jaw after the incident in Arkansas.

In pictures: A study of London youth
After the London 2011 riots, photographer Julian Mahrlein set out to capture the faces of inner-city teenagers.

The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?
Researchers have so far named nearly five million victims, but now they are in a race against time.

US government shutdown: How did we get here again?
The US is days away from a potential government shutdown. It's happened before. What is going on?

Trump's America: Are voters impressed?
We asked 100 Americans what they think about President Trump's first 100 days.

How Nepal quake turned women into builders
Women are breaking with tradition and helping rebuild Nepal after the earthquake two years ago.

Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts
Law enforcement agencies around the world are concerned about an increase in fake celebrity social media accounts.

DR Congo's Kasai conflict: Voodoo rebels take on Kabila
Mass graves, child soldiers and police decapitations are all features of a little known Congolese conflict, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.

How a woman conceived while already pregnant
It's when someone conceives and then gets pregnant again between two weeks and a month later.

Newcastle United 4-1 Preston North End
Newcastle United secure an immediate return to the Premier League with a convincing home win over 10-man Preston.

Kelly Sotherton: Ex-heptathlete to get Beijing Olympic bronze upgrade
Britain's Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to an Olympic bronze medal for the second time in five months after retrospective drug tests.

Ched Evans: Sheffield United set to re-sign striker from Chesterfield
League One champions Sheffield United are set to re-sign striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield, reports BBC Radio Sheffield.

Maria Sharapova: Stuttgart opponent Roberta Vinci questions wildcard
Maria Sharapova's first opponent following her 15-month doping ban questions the decision to give the Russian wildcards on the WTA Tour.

World Championship 2017: Marco Fu beats Neil Robertson, faces Mark Selby next
Marco Fu edges past 2010 champion Neil Robertson 13-11 to reach his fourth World Championship quarter-final.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko: 'Father Time' has caught up with Ukrainian
Briton Anthony Joshua says "Father Time has caught up with Wladimir Klitschko" as the two prepare for Saturday's heavyweight world title bout.

Explore the rivals' shifting poll ratings
On 7 May, French voters will decide whether centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right Marine Le Pen will be president.

French election: Voters take yellow chair challenge
Sit down and tell us where you stand on the election.

French election: Global reaction to Macron-Le Pen race
Many European leaders were quick to congratulate Mr Macron, who is strongly pro-EU.



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