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Rivals to rally as Greek vote looms
Greek "Yes" and "No" camps are set to hold major rallies in Athens ahead of Sunday's crucial referendum on bailout terms.

Silence to be held for Tunisia dead
A minute's silence is to be held across the UK at midday to remember the 38 people killed in the Tunisian beach attack a week ago, including 30 Britons.

Malaysia pushes for MH17 tribunal
Malaysia says it wants to set up an international criminal tribunal to prosecute those suspected of having shot down flight MH17.

'Mass rebel attack' on Syria's Aleppo
Syrian rebels led by Islamist groups launch a massive assault to take full control of the northern city of Aleppo, monitors say.

Militants 'kill 150' in Nigeria
Nearly 150 people are reported to have been killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in attacks in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state.

Adelaide Crows coach knifed to death
The coach of Australian Football League team Adelaide's Crows, Phil Walsh, dies in a stabbing at his home, with his son charged with murder.

CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

First US measles death in 12 years
Health authorities confirm that the death of a woman in Washington state earlier this year was the first US fatality from measles in 12 years.

Sniffing could provide autism test
The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

Blast at S Korea plant kills four
At least four people are killed in an explosion at the chemical plant in Ulsan, in South Korea.

Asia shares down on US jobs report
Shares in Asia were trading in negative territory on Friday after a mixed jobs report from the US, described by analysts as "solid but far from great".

BP to pay 12bn for Gulf oil spill
BP has reached an $18.7bn (12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

VIDEO: Varoufakis: '100% chance of success'
Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says he believes there is "100% chance of success" in reaching agreement on the Greek bailout.

VIDEO: ?Irreversible change? to sea life from CO2
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.

VIDEO: India fails to publish UN health report
The Indian government is not publishing the results of a vast national survey of the health of the country's citizens.

VIDEO: Ice lollies to keep zoo animals cool
Zoo animals across Europe are being fed frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the current heatwave.

VIDEO: Cars designed to be slept in
Vehicle design students at the Royal College of Art have been re-imagining the kind of cars that will be possible in an era of driverless transport.

VIDEO: Replica 18th Century ship due in US
The French frigate Hermione is a replica of a ship that sailed to the US in the 18th Century and is recreating that journey.

VIDEO: Wild animal ban affects Mexican circus
A new law banning the use of wild animals in Mexican circuses comes into effect, meaning many animals must be found new homes.

VIDEO: Val Doonican: Ireland's Bing Crosby
Val Doonican, the singer and TV presenter, has died at the age of 88. David Sillito looks back at his life and career.

Foreigners and locals lament Sousse's dwindling tourism
Hotel owners and shopkeepers see their business plummet at peak season after the horrific beach attack in Sousse deters tourists.

Can powers meet the 'real' deadline on Iran's nuclear programme?
As US and Iranian talks resume in Vienna, negotiators must overcome a history of mistrust to strike a historic deal, writes Lyse Doucet

What difference could Syria IS strikes make?
The RAF has been carrying out strikes in Iraq against Islamic State militants, but what would extending this to Syria mean, asks Jonathan Marcus.

Egypt looks for answers after brutal Sinai attack
The Egyptian military needs a different force altogether in the Sinai to fight Islamic State militants on the peninsula, writes HA Hellyer.

Greek splits threaten Syriza coalition
Publicly, the radical left Syriza party is maintaining a unified No before Sunday's referendum, but will the unity remain after the vote?

Why did so many die in Karachi's heatwave?
Days after a heatwave in Pakistan killed about 1,300 people, many are still puzzled by the unusually high number of deaths in the financial capital Karachi, reports Shahzeb Jillani.

Hong Kong-to-NI 'spoof' revealed
A tongue-in-cheek plan to move the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland is revealed in newly released National Archives files.

Car smashes through South Africa roof
A photo is released of a car which smashed through the roof of a house in South Africa's coastal city Durban.

Airbus plans new China plant
Airbus has signed a deal for its second factory in China, further expanding its growing relationship with the world's second largest economy.

S Korea to pump $10bn into economy
South Korea will inject billions of dollars into its economy as it continues to struggle with falling exports and the outbreak of Mers.

VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed soldier walk
James Johnson, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, is using an exoskeleton to walk again as part of a pioneering programme.

Trump hotels examine card breach claim
The businessman's hotel chain is investigating reports that it was the object of a long-running credit card security breach.

Controversial opera rated 15 for cinemas
The Royal Opera House's production of William Tell, which was booed on its opening night because of a nude rape scene, is given a 15 certificate for cinema screenings.

Sesame Street's Maria to retire
Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on the US children's programme Sesame Street for more than four decades, is retiring.

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost
A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Pluto shows its spots to Nasa probe
The New Horizons mission to Pluto releases new colour views of the dwarf planet, revealing some intriguing dark spots.

Liberia's new Ebola outbreak spreads
Two more cases of Ebola are confirmed in the Liberian village where a teenager died on Sunday - the first case for seven weeks.

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV
Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

'My best Wimbledon days may be over'
Rafael Nadal says he may not be able to rekindle his former Wimbledon glories after his shock 2015 exit to Dustin Brown.

Woods cards best round of 2015
Former world number one Tiger Woods shoots his best round of the year with a four-under-par 66 at The Greenbrier Classic.

How I was de-radicalised
How one man showed me Islam and the West are not at war

Why the Indian soldiers of WW1 were forgotten
Why the Indian soldiers of WW1 were forgotten

Amnesiac woman in US makes ID plea
A woman, who was found in the US state of California suffering from amnesia and is believed to be Australian, asks for help to find her identity.

Russia bins 'cold' parliament designs
Competition to design a new Russian parliament will start from scratch.

Sanctions on South Sudan generals
The UN Security Council imposes sanctions on six generals accused of fuelling the 18-month conflict in South Sudan, the world's newest state.

Egypt vows to pursue IS in Sinai
Egypt says its army will continue its offensive in the Sinai Peninsula until it is cleared of Islamic State militants, after clashes killed more than 100 people.

Mystery surrounds India health survey
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt asks why India has still not published a vast survey of women and children carried out by the government in Delhi and the UN.

Pakistan train canal plunge kills 12
At least 12 people have been killed in Pakistan after a train carrying hundreds of soldiers derails and plunges into a canal.

US makes Fifa extradition request
The US has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May, Swiss authorities say.

French woman jailed for baby murders
A court in northern France sentences a woman to nine years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies between over a decade.

Colombia coca farmers boost output
Colombian coca farmers increased cultivation area by 44% last year for fear any peace deal may lead to eradication, the UN says.

Mexico police charged with torture
Seven Mexican police officers are charged with torturing witnesses of the Tlatlaya killings to allegedly force them to give false evidence.

Palmyra statues 'destroyed by IS'
The Islamic State group publishes photos of militants destroying what it says are six statues looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria.

Saudi prince to give away $32bn
Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, says he will donate his entire $32bn fortune to charity.

Mass evacuation after US derailment
More than 5,000 residents are evacuated in the US state of Tennessee after a train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire.

US gunman's sister in wedding appeal
The sister of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing 9 people at a black church in South Carolina, launches an appeal to raise money for her wedding.

Top charity boss asked to step down
The Cabinet Office is withholding 3m unless Kids Company moves on its chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh.

NHS 'lags behind other nations'
The NHS lags behind other countries when it comes to preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival rates, a report suggests.

NHS to reveal missed appointment cost
Patients who miss appointments will be told how much they have cost the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

Pre-pay energy users 'paid 226 more'
Energy customers on pre-payment meters have been paying an average of 226 a year more than they would have done on the cheapest direct debit tariff, Citizens Advice says.

In pictures: American Puzzles by Burk Uzzle
Images by photographer Burk Uzzle on show in New York

In pictures: Val Doonican
A look back at the life of the Irish singer

In pictures: Heathrow airport
From small aerodrome to an international hub

United Kingdom: From Mummers to Conker Champions
The faces and costumes of annual UK traditions

In pictures: Combating trachoma in Sudan
Eye doctors in villages near Khartoum fight against infectious disease

Your pictures: Bright colours
Readers' photographs on the theme of bright colours

Week in pictures: 20-26 June 2015
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

In pictures: The doctors of Debaltseve
Two MSF doctors working in Ukraine

Why insects are marvels of engineering
High-speed video reveals how insects take to the air

Riot reignites prison smoking debate
Australia debates cigarettes in jail after riot

Life in a town called Mongo
What's it like to live in one of the world's poorest towns?

Africa's video game makers dreaming big
How Africa's games makers plan to make it big

VIDEO: The blind birdman of Brazil
The 'birdwatcher' who has been blind since birth

Beat the heat: BBC reporters' tips
What's the best way to keep cool in a heatwave?

Can Inca secrets save modern cities?
The 500-year-old Inca road that holds lessons for today?s engineers



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