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Iraq launches Tikrit operation
Iraq launches military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State, Iraqi TV says.

US police shoot homeless man dead
A video has captured the moment US police shot and killed a homeless man after an altercation in downtown Los Angeles.

'Jihadi John was cold and a loner'
The Islamic State fighter known as "Jihadi John" was cold and a loner who set himself apart from others, says an IS defector who met him in Syria.

Kerry to tackle Lavrov on Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart ahead of the release of a UN report on human rights violations in Ukraine.

N Korea opens fire as drills start
North Korea fires two short-range missiles into the sea as annual US-South Korea military exercises get under way, officials in Seoul say.

Arrests after HK shopping protest
Hong Kong police arrest more than 30 people after protesters gathered for a third time against mainland Chinese tourists.

Estonia ruling party wins election
Estonia's ruling party has won national elections and is expected to form a governing coalition after defeating its pro-Russian rival.

Murder charge for Peru ex-minister
An ex-minister in Peru is charged with involvement in the killing of a journalist during the Shining Path rebel insurgency in the 1980s.

Argentine leader hails lower debt
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December.

UK cuts 'concern' head of US Army
The US Army's most senior general says he is "very concerned" about the impact spending cuts will have on the strength of the UK's armed forces.

Oligarch faces North Sea deal block
The UK government says it will block the sale of 12 North Sea oil and gas fields to Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman.

First tree seeds for Doomsday vault
The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.

VIDEO: How do you bake a 450-metre cake?
The city of Rio de Janeiro is celebrating its 450th anniversary on Sunday with a series of events.

VIDEO: Museum displays Iraq's rich history
Iraq's national museum has reopened 12 years after it was closed following the American invasion of the country.

VIDEO: Congressman pays 'Downton' decor costs
An American congressman has to pay back $40,000 of public money after re-decorating his office in the style of the period television drama Downton Abbey

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VIDEO: Missing Oscars dress 'found'
Police in California say they have found a dress which could be the one worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars.

VIDEO: Photographing black Britain
As a new exhibition about the experience of black British people opens in London, Jamaican-born Photographer Neil Kenlock speaks to the BBC about the show.

VIDEO: World record set at ploughing event
A new world record is achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh.

VIDEO: Mariupol's volunteer defence force
Fighting has died down in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days, after a ceasefire agreed between the government and pro-Russian rebels.

Has globalisation fundamentally slowed?
Are we living through a structural change in the global economy as big as any since WWII without fully realising it?

Nemtsov killing polarises Russian society
Both government and opposition in Russia are coming up with theories about the killing of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, but it could be years before it becomes clear why it happened, says the BBC's Artyom Liss.

IS using love as a recruitment tool
IS needs women to build a state, says Razia Iqbal - and it is using social media to lure impressionable recruits.

Hong Kong runners in 'boring' race
Runners compete in Hong Kong's first inner-city ultra marathon, despite organisers describing it as "quite boring".

Finnish punk band set for Eurovision
A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is chosen to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

China's shares rise after rate cut
Shares in China were higher on Monday after the mainland's central bank unexpectedly cut interest rates at the weekend for the second time since November.

Huawei and LG unveil smartwatches
LG unveils a smartwatch that can make calls without being paired to a phone, while Huawei unveils its first Android Wear watch.

Samsung S6 phone has curved screen
Samsung confirms that one version of its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone will have a screen that curves round its sides

HTC to sell virtual reality headsets
HTC reveals it is to sell a virtual reality headset featuring tracking technology developed by video games firm Valve.

Ageism a disaster, says Scott Thomas
A lack of film roles for actresses in their 50s is "a disaster" and the situation is unlikely to change, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas says.

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes
President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock."

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

Distinct ME stages found, says study
Scientists say they have found distinct changes in the immune systems of patients with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO
People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho lifts his first trophy since returning to Chelsea as his side see off Tottenham 2-0 in the League Cup final.

Ireland 19-9 England
Ireland remain on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam after a convincing 19-9 win over England in Dublin.

The truth about the Sound of Music family
The Sound of Music was released 50 years ago - but what did the real von Trapp family portrayed in the move think of it?

Why Iceland banned beer
A century ago, Iceland introduced full prohibition. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But beer remained off-limits until 1989. Why?

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Rare bear cub found outside circus
A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus.

'Hundreds' of S Sudan boys seized
Hundreds of South Sudanese boys have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the UN says, blaming a government-allied militia.

Brandis censured over Triggs row
Australia's Senate censures Attorney General George Brandis over his treatment of human rights chief Gillian Triggs amid an asylum row.

US 'to deport Bosnian war suspects'
US officials are trying to deport 150 Bosnian immigrants suspected of involvement in war crimes during the 1992-95 war, the New York Times says.

Chilean girl appeals to president
A 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile's president to allow her to die in an online video viewed by thousands of people.

Netanyahu goes to US for Iran speech
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to argue against a nuclear deal with Iran, ahead of a controversial speech to Congress.

'Progress' in US-Cuba diplomatic talks
Cuban and US diplomats are optimistic about progress at talks in Washington on restoring full relations between the two countries.

Stolen van drags man along motorway
A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a motorist is dragged along a motorway by his own stolen van and seriously injured.

TV plea over 'appalling' acid attack
A renewed appeal to find those responsible for an "appalling" acid attack on a man is to be shown on BBC One's Crimewatch.

Drug drivers targeted by new rules
New regulations aimed at stamping out drug driving, including the first legal limits on cannabis and cocaine, come into force in England and Wales.

Specialist teams search for Becky
The search for missing 16-year-old Becky Watts is set to resume in Bristol with police helicopters and specialist dog teams.

Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015
News photos from around the world

Halfway in 24-year photo project
Photographers recording the first 24 hours of each year

Day in pictures: 27 February 2015
Images from around the world: 27 February

Your pictures: Gardens
Readers' photographs on the theme of gardens

Brit Awards 2015: In Pictures
Highlights from this year's ceremony in London

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale
Space photos go under the hammer

Day in pictures: 25 February 2015
Images from around the world: 25 February

Sony World Photography Awards: 2015 shortlist
Finalists in this year's Sony World Photo Awards

Are humans getting cleverer?
Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?

The dogged old man of the badlands
The world's worst interview - with one of the loneliest men on Earth

Rio celebrates 450th birthday
Rio de Janeiro marks 450 years since it was founded

How do you solve a problem like the 'Beefalo'?
The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon

VIDEO: YouTube diplomacy and the Ukraine crisis
Could students' video messages avert all-out war?

Sound of Music success still surprises Salzburg 50 years on
Even Sound of Music film crew surprised by success

VIDEO: The monk who ordains trees
The Buddhist monk from Thailand who ordains trees

VIDEO: Glassblowing keeps kids out of gangs
How an ancient art form is saving troubled lives

Can music help to de-stigmatise disability in Gaza?
Disabled kids in Gaza learn songs to help them fit in

'Flying donkeys' coming to Africa
Can cargo drones help plug Africa's transport gap?



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