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Second minister quits Brazil government
A second minister in Brazil's new government resigns after a recording was published appearing to show him trying to derail a corruption investigation.

North Korea missile launch 'fails'
North Korea has attempted to fire a ballistic missile off its east coast but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean military officials say.

Mexico footballer fought kidnapper
International footballer Alan Pulido fought one of his kidnappers and grabbed his phone to call police, officials reveal.

France rail workers strike over reforms
French railway workers are to go on strike in the latest action in a series of protests against planned labour reforms.

Latam suspends Venezuela flights
The largest airline in Latin America, Latam, says it is suspending its flights to Venezuela because of the worsening economic situation.

Zoo defends Harambe gorilla shooting
The director of Cincinnati zoo says he would do the same again after a gorilla, into whose enclosure a child fell, was shot dead.

'Final assault' on IS in Falluja begins
The Iraqi army faces resistance as it begins an operation to storm the city of Falluja, a stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS).

Chad's Habre gets life in landmark case
A Senegalese court jails Chad ex-leader Hissene Habre for life for crimes against humanity, in the first African Union-backed trial of a former ruler.

Migrants rescued on Greece-Italy route
Rescuers pick up 29 migrants at sea off Greece's western island of Lefkada as they headed for Italy, raising concerns about a new smuggling route.

Tearful end to 11-year US church protest
Parishioners in Massachusetts admit defeat in their efforts to keep their church open, bringing to a tearful end their 11-year protest.

Ivory Coast's Aurier arrested in Paris
Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier is arrested and placed in police custody on Monday after being involved in an incident in Paris.

Crocodile victim on celebration trip
A woman killed by a crocodile in Australia's far-north was on a trip to celebrate the end of her friend's cancer treatment.

VIDEO: Zoo defends Harambe gorilla shooting
A US zoo has defended its decision to shoot a gorilla, after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure.

VIDEO: Cars buried amid deadly German floods
Four people have died in floods in southwestern Germany after torrential rain in the past 24 hours.

VIDEO: Why is Guantanamo still open?
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports from inside Guantanamo Bay detention centre, which is still open, despite President Obama vowing to shut it down eight years ago.

VIDEO: Missing boy's dad 'left him in woods'
The search for a missing boy who was left in remote woods in Japan as a punishment, continues.

VIDEO: The remarkable trial of Chad's ex-ruler
As Chad's ex-ruler Hissene Habre is convicted of crimes against humanity, the BBC's Maud Jullien looks back at the landmark trial in Senegal.

VIDEO: Crocodile snatches woman on night swim
A woman is missing, feared dead, after being grabbed by a crocodile during a late-night swim with a friend in northern Australia.

VIDEO: Heavy artillery and US jets in IS assault
The Iraqi army says it has begun an operation to storm Falluja, a bastion of so-called Islamic State (IS).

VIDEO: Is this world's biggest bouncy castle?
What is claimed to be the world's biggest bouncy castle has made its debut at a music festival.

Niger battles terrorism threats on all fronts
The western African nation of Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, is fighting terror threats on several fronts, as the BBC's Julian Keane discovers in its capital Niamey.

Why is the US turning to protectionism?
Edward Stourton examines America's long history of resistance to free trade, and asks why it has again become such a potent political force.

VIDEO: Think Again: Donald Trump is a moderate
Is Donald Trump actually the most moderate Republican candidate for years?

VIDEO: How did Iraq get so violent?
Was Western invasion in 2003 responsible for what is now happening?

Cheese roller achieves 17th race victory
Thousands gather to watch cheese rolling veteran Chris Anderson win two more cheese-chasing downhill races.

Comedian in trouble for Tendulkar video
A popular Indian comedian may face charges after making a video that pokes fun at cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar.

EU data watchdog rejects privacy deal
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs "significant improvements".

Jaguar sales lift profit at Tata Motors
Strong sales of the luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover have lifted profits at India's Tata Motors.

Australia to sell 8m of seized Bitcoin
A collection of bitcoins worth about 8m, confiscated by police in Australia, will be auctioned off in June.

VIDEO: Asus unveils 'budget' household robot
BBC's Taiwan correspondent Cindy Sui meets with Zenbo - what its creator Asus says is the first 'affordable' household robot.

Top Gear return watched by 4.4m
The relaunch of BBC Two motoring show Top Gear was seen by 4.4m viewers, according to overnight figures.

X-Men beats Alice to top US box office
The latest X-Men outing beats the Johnny Depp-starring Alice Through the Looking Glass to the top of the North American box office.

Jurassic 'sea monster' is unveiled
Piecing together the bare bones of a sea reptile that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history
Researchers invent a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in a body.

WHO seeks to allay Zika Olympics fears
The World Health Organization plays down concerns that the Rio Olympics will spread the Zika virus, amid calls for the Games to be postponed.

Infections resist 'last antibiotic' in US
The first case of an infection that can resist the antibiotic of last resort - colistin - has been detected in the US.

England seal series win over Sri Lanka
England end Sri Lanka's resistance to win the second Test by nine wickets and complete a series victory.

Pele sells off his life in football
Brazilian football legend Pele is auctioning off more than 1,500 football-related items accumulated over more than six decades.

I had to leave my partner to lose weight
Celena and her partner Pete separated for 10 weeks to break their bad habits and lose weight.

How rare are bright blue lobsters?
Canadian fishermen have been celebrating after catching two bright blue lobsters. But just how unusual is this?

Life sentences for Somalia plane blast
A military court in Somalia sentences two men to life in prison for masterminding a bomb attack on a Daallo Airlines passenger plane in February.

UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack
Five United Nations peacekeepers are killed and another is seriously injured in an attack in central Mali.

Ruined Kabul palace to be rebuilt
An ambitious project to reconstruct the historic Darul Aman palace, reduced to ruins in the Afghan civil war, has begun in the capital, Kabul.

Bleaching 'killing Great Barrier Reef'
At least 35% of corals in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have been destroyed by mass bleaching, scientists warn.

Say no to contraception, Erdogan urges
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims to reject contraception and have more children.

Germany floods: Four dead in south-west
Four people die in floods in southwestern Germany after torrential rain overnight.

Haiti officials call for fresh election
Officials in Haiti recommend throwing out the disputed results of last year's first-round presidential election and holding a new vote.

Colombian rebels 'regret' kidnap
Colombia's second largest rebel group, the ELN, says it "regrets" the kidnapping of three journalists, who were held for just under a week in north-eastern Colombia.

Top Syrian negotiator quits peace talks
The chief negotiator of Syria's main opposition umbrella group resigns over what he called the failure of UN-brokered peace talks.

Japan hostage photo from Syria 'genuine'
Japan says a newly released photograph purporting to show a journalist who is being held hostage in Syria appealing for help is genuine.

Trump: Illegals treated better than vets
Illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation's military veterans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says.

US Libertarians choose candidate
The US Libertarian Party picks Gary Johnson as its presidential nominee, seeking to capitalise on disaffection with mainstream politicians.

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

In pictures: The barbers of Freetown
The people who shape hair in the capital of Sierra Leone

The invention that stop girls missing school every month
The invention that stop girls missing school every month

Why it's OK to run when you are pregnant
The truth about running when you are pregnant

Who are the Pakistani group proposing to 'lightly beat' women?
The Pakistani group proposing to "lightly beat" women

The mysterious novel in the cat video comments
Anonymous social media novel gains growing audience

How happy chatbots could become our new best friends
Will giving computers emotions make them more useful at work?

Why do Indian-Americans win spelling bee contests?
Why do Indian-Americans dominate spelling contests?

Switzerland's forgotten role in saving WW1 lives
Switzerland's forgotten role in saving WW1 lives

Fleeing Saddam with the Kurds
Iraqi Kurds' extraordinary exodus, 25 years on

 
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