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Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three
Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras
New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tells his first cabinet meeting his country will not default on its bailout debts, but will negotiate with creditors.

AI will not kill us, says Microsoft
The chief of Microsoft's research division says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to wipe out humankind.

Jordan in pilot exchange offer to IS
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.

New resignations hit Germany's Pegida
The new leader of Germany's controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.

Apple profit 'biggest in history'
Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.

Suicide attack against Mali Tuaregs
Suicide bombers and armed attackers kill about a dozen people in an assault on Tuareg rebel positions in northern Mali, security sources say.

North Korea leader to visit Russia
Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be Kim Jong-un's first overseas trip as leader.

Litvinenko post-mortem 'dangerous'
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.

US warns of more sanctions on Russia
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

BBC 'should improve local news'
BBC News should increase both its local and global coverage and improve its digital services if it is to remain relevant, the corporation has said.

Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.

VIDEO: Greece's push for a debt "haircut"
Opposition to austerity is at the core of Greece's new leader's agenda but it will also push for half of Greek debt to be written off, bringing it down to a more sustainable level, a so-called "haircut".

VIDEO: 'I had to survive to tell the world'
Kitty Hart-Moxon survived two years as a prisoner at the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. She spoke to Witness about how she coped.

VIDEO: 'Holodeck? recreates crimes in 3D
Researchers have developed a virtual reality system that recreates crime scenes as virtual worlds.

VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: First in the village to own a fridge
A tailor from Calcutta buys his first fridge, which is also the first of his entire village.

VIDEO: Syrian children photograph lives
Hundreds of Syrian children have contributed to an exhibition about their lives in refugee camps in Lebanon.

VIDEO: Survivors place candles at Auschwitz
Auschwitz survivors have been speaking at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary since the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

VIDEO: Survivors lay wreaths at death wall
Wreaths are laid and candles lit at Auschwitz to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

Obama, Apple and the tax issue
The astonishing success of technology giant Apple raises again the issue of where it pays its taxes.

The case against Pu Zhiqiang
The BBC's Celia Hatton on Pu Zhiqiang, a human rights lawyer who defended free speech, and the 28 messages the Chinese government may use to jail him.

Yemen crisis and an uncertain future
After Yemen's government collapses, BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus sees a perilous future for a Middle East country in crisis.

New Yorkers ask 'Is that it?'
While New Yorkers are asking why the city shut down for a few inches of snow, city officials say they're happy they were safe and not sorry.

VIDEO: What is the wind chill factor?
BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs explains the science of wind chill.

What does Kim Jong-un really want?
Expert witnesses offer insight into the ambitions of the enigmatic North Korean leader.

Argentina's spy agency in the crossfire
Few tears will be shed in Argentina for the disbanding of the country's hated intelligence agency, writes BBC Mundo's Veronica Smink.

Florida cat crawls out of grave
A cat in Florida who was presumed dead after being run over appears five days later having somehow escaped its grave.

Irish post returns Santa letter
Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an "insufficient address" sticker.

Greece markets hit by default fears
Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday with investors fearing the new anti-bailout government was determined to defy its international creditors.

Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake
Yahoo announces a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China's Alibaba Group and hand the business to its shareholders.

China tech giant in spat with state
China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.

Web attacks 'growing' in volume
Hacktivists and angry gamers are becoming the main users of net attacks that knock sites offline by bombarding them with data, suggests a report

Selma star defends Benedict Cumberbatch
David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in Selma, says it's "ridiculous" to attack Benedict Cumberbatch for using the term "coloured" during an interview.

H is for Hawk wins Costa book prize
Helen Macdonald wins the Costa Book of the Year Award for 2014 for her personal account of trying to train a goshawk after the death of her father.

'Mystery' beavers permitted to stay
A family of beavers mysteriously reintroduced to the River Otter in Devon will be allowed to remain living in the wild, Natural England decides.

First step towards saving rhino
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Bank chief warns of pandemic threat
The world is "dangerously unprepared" for future pandemics like the deadly Ebola outbreak, the president of the World Bank warns.

Dementia 'link' to common drugs
A study links commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.

Perth win thrilling Big Bash final
Perth Scorchers defy Brett Lee's heroics to beat Sydney Sixers off the final ball and win the Big Bash.

Ronaldo gets two-match ban after red
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is given a two-match ban following his red card in the win over Cordoba on Saturday.

The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya
When Devi Asmadiredja's husband told her to leave their German home, she found a new life in the remote mountains near Chechnya.

Still thirsty after Malawi's flood
For weeks Malawi experienced drought, then came a flood - but many people still lacked clean water.

Turkmenistan 'bans black cars'
Customs officials in the Central Asian country say people should buy white cars instead.

No superheroes allowed, says Denmark
Man's application to change his name to Superhero is rejected by naming authorities.

Kenya Christian broadcaster hacked
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.

Sri Lanka reinstates chief justice
Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.

Russia to spend $35bn on rescue plan
The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.

Mexico insists 43 students are dead
Mexico's attorney general insists that 43 students who disappeared four months ago were killed and their bodies burnt and disposed of.

Houthis release Yemen leader's aide
Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen free the chief of staff of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi who they abducted 10 days ago.

US admits snow forecast errors
The US National Weather Service says its forecasting is "subject to error", after predictions of a historic blizzard for New York City fell flat.

Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade'
Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.

Glitter sobs over child abuse images
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child abuse images.

NHS 'crisis guidelines' spark row
David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash in the Commons over the NHS amid a row about new guidance to hospitals about declaring "major incidents".

Scottish fracking block announced
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Your pictures: City skylines
Readers' photos on the theme of "city skylines"

Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa
Shetland's spectacular annual re festival

In pictures: Post-War office buildings listed
Striking buildings new to the National Heritage List

Taking the plunge
Cold Water Swimming Championships

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

In pictures: Church of England's first woman bishop consecration
Church of England's first female bishop

In pictures: Australia Day 2015
The country celebrates its official national day

Day in pictures: 26 January 2015
Images from around the world: 26 January

The village that just got its first fridge
The village that has just got its first fridge

The twins of Auschwitz
How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings

Future of News: News v Noise
What will the news be like in the next decade?

?We nearly dropped Churchill?s coffin?
How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin

First Lady headscarf row - do Saudis really care?
What Saudis really think about Michelle Obama's bare head

Day in pictures: 28 January 2015
Striking images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours

Five things Syriza wants for Greece
What does Greece's new party in power want to change?

Nepalese pretend to bust furniture in #SmashChairChallenge protest
Frustrated Nepalese smash chairs in protest

Fighting for the spoils of Libya's revolution
Libya's perilously thin semblance of normality

VIDEO: Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash
Why lip-syncing app Dubsmash went viral

Letter from Africa: Soweto still burning
Why township anger turns on foreigners in South Africa

 
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