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Last Iraq-Syria crossing 'falls to IS'
Islamic State militants reportedly seize the last government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, after taking ancient Palmyra.

Bomber attacks Saudi Shia mosque
A suicide bomber has struck a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, causing casualties, state media say.

Myanmar in first migrant boat rescue
Myanmar rescues two migrant boats with more than 200 people in its waters in the first such operation following criticism.

South Korea 'nut rage' woman freed
Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho, who was jailed for an outburst over macadamia nuts, has been freed after winning a court appeal.

Cameron starts push for EU reforms
David Cameron is starting his push for EU reform as he meets other European leaders for the first time since winning the general election.

Ireland holds same-sex marriage vote
Voters in the Republic of Ireland are voting in a referendum on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.

'Hope' for Nigeria death-row troops
Nigeria's incoming president may commute the death sentences of 66 soldiers convicted for refusing to fight Boko Haram, a lawyer for some of them tells the BBC.

German pilots may get spot medicals
Germany's Lufthansa considers random medical checks on pilots, to help prevent any future disaster like the Germanwings crash.

EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to Ukraine
The European Union agrees a ?1.8bn (1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine - the largest financial aid deal with a non-EU member.

Quarter of skin cells 'on road to cancer'
More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.

Colombia strike kills 18 Farc rebels
At least 18 members of the Farc rebel group die in an army raid - the deadliest attack since air raids resumed last month.

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss
Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

VIDEO: IS: 'We love death as you love life'
John Simpson examines the successes of Islamic State and the consequences for those affected and the wider region.

VIDEO: Thailand's human trafficking trade
Jonathan Head has spent six months investigating the trafficking of humans in Thailand.

VIDEO: Ireland gay marriage: Church v state?
The Republic of Ireland goes to the polls on Friday to decide whether to change the constitution to make gay marriage legal.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'
Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Value of S Korea's education system
When it comes to education in South Korea, the demand is so strong it accounts for 12% of all consumer spending.

VIDEO: Making art underground
The DuPont Underground in Washington pitches a new way to experience art underground but will the project get off the ground? The BBC's Olivia Crellin reports.

VIDEO: Australia takes on Eurovision
BBC News catches up with Guy Sebastian, Australia's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and the fans who have followed him to Vienna.

VIDEO: Who made it to Eurovision final?
Who made it through the second semi-final of 2015's Eurovision Song Contest?

What next for the warring Le Pen family?
Politics and family make for a heady mix, especially when it involves right-wing views and the Le Pens, writes Jamie Coomarasamy.

Volatile Burundi seeks a new politics
Tensions are still high in Burundi following a failed coup bid as the people protest against their autocratic president, says Maud Jullien.

A passport out of war
As Saudi-led air strikes continue in Yemen, many people are fleeing across the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti - where your fate is determined by the country on your passport.

Islamic State: How it is run
The BBC's Aidan Lewis looks at what is known about the structure of Islamic State (IS) and how the jihadist group is run.

Where is Nepal aid money going?
Aid is pouring in to Nepal in the wake of two deadly earthquakes. But in a country where corruption is seen as "endemic", will the money go where it is meant to? Simon Cox investigates.

VIDEO: Why does IS destroy ancient history?
The Islamic State (IS) group has taken over the ancient city of Palmyra, and there are growing fears it could be destroyed. Why?

Kim Jong-un brother 'seen in London'
Footage has emerged purporting to show North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un's brother in London - attending an Eric Clapton concert.

Ancient parasite 'frozen in time'
Researchers discover the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

Mazda and Mitsubishi recall more cars
Two more Japanese car giants - Mazda and Mitsubishi - are recalling 630,000 cars to replace faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.

McDonald's faces worker protests
Thousands of workers and union supporters protest outside McDonald's headquarters, as the fast food firm continues to face wage pressure.

Spyware app admits it has been hacked
MSpy, a company offering software that lets people to spy on others, admits it has been hacked and had customer records leaked online.

Adult website hack compromises users
Adult Friend Finder, a casual dating website, has called in police and hacking investigators after a suspected leak of client information.

Eurovision: Ireland and Portugal out
Ireland, Iceland and Switzerland fail to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after the second semi-final in Vienna.

Kahlo's home recreated in New York
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio are recreated at the New York Botanical Garden.

Ocean's 'tiniest organisms' revealed
Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution
Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

'Rosetta Stone' for prostate cancer
Scientists have unveiled a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer, hailing it as the disease's "Rosetta Stone".

Ebola crisis prompts $100m WHO fund
The World Health Organization is to set up a $100m emergency contingency fund following the Ebola outbreak, its director-general announces.

Rodgers expects Sterling to stay
Brendan Rodgers says he expects Raheem Sterling to see through the remaining two years of his contract.

Luiz dismisses 'virgin' reports
Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz accuses the media of a lack of respect after dismissing reports he is a virgin.

Hooked - Part 5
Told through a cartoon - the moving personal story of one young African man caught up in the international drugs trade.

Heating houses with 'nerd power'
All computers produce heat, but computer servers produce a lot of heat - why isn't this used to keep homes and offices warm?

Fitzgerald's Gatsby home for sale
The suburban home where F Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written The Great Gatsby goes on sale.

Rolling Stones play surprise show
The Rolling Stones play a surprise gig in Los Angeles during which they perform the entire Sticky Fingers album.

President plays football amid protests
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is pictured playing football despite weeks of protests over his bid to run for a third term in office.

Jayalalitha set to return to power
Jayaram Jayalalitha is set to return as the chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after the governor invites her to form a new ministry.

Finland instructs 900,000 reservists
Finland sends letters to nearly a million reservists to remind them of their duties in case of combat, officials tell the BBC.

Mexico probes new disappearances
Mexican investigators are probing the disappearance of at least 15 people in Chilapa, Guerrero state, after it was overrun in early May by gunmen.

'Children died' in US air strike
A US air strike on Syria probably killed two children, the Pentagon says, acknowledging civilian casualties for first time.

Baltimore police charged over death
Baltimore's top prosecutor announces revised charges, but the most serious charges - including second-degree murder - remain.

Police to pay rape victim 20,000
A rape victim will receive a 20,000 out-of-court settlement as Hampshire police apologise for failing to investigate her complaint properly and arresting her.

Wembley WW2 bomb poses 'risk to life'
A 110lb unexploded World War Two bomb found by builders near Wembley Stadium poses a "risk to life", the Army says.

Government borrowing falls to 6.8bn
UK government borrowing fell to 6.8bn in April, down from 9.3bn a year earlier, official figures show.

Cab driver jailed for Iraq bomb murder
A London cab driver is jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007.

In pictures: Women of Hargeisa
Photographer Alison Baskerville's pictures of women she met in the capital of Somaliland.

Toy soldiers at war
The 40 year conflict that remains unresolved

Photo challenge: 12 by 12
Tasks to develop your photo skills

What does a front garden say about you?
What does a front garden say about you?

In pictures: MA photographers on show
Exhibition by students at the London College of Communication

The Scots who shaped photography
Pioneer photography in 1840s Edinburgh

Your pictures: Abstract shapes
Readers' photographs on the theme of abstract shapes

Week in pictures: 9-15 May 2015
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

On the trail of Thailand's human traffickers
On the trail of Thailand's people traffickers

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller
How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

Mogadishu's Lido beach: Sun, surf and... grenades?
Sun, surf... and grenades in Mogadishu

Quiz of the week's news
Why have women been seeing red at Cannes?

Turkey election trip: Izmir looks West amid growing conservatism
Turkey's liberal west gears up for election

VIDEO: Closing the tech gender gap
Boosting gender equality in the world of tech



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