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'Ripples' from black holes detected
Scientists detect waves in the fabric of space, in a discovery predicted by Einstein that promises a new view of the universe and its origins.

Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead
A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico leaves 52 people dead and 12 injured, state officials say.

Kenya misses athletics doping deadline
Kenya misses a deadline to prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) it is tackling cheating in athletics.

Shooting at Saudi office 'kills six'
An attacker has opened fire at an education department office in Saudi Arabia's southern Jazan province, killing six employees, officials have said.

Oregon militia stand-off ends
The remaining armed occupiers of a US wildlife sanctuary in the state of Oregon surrender, ending a tense 41-day stand-off over government control of local land.

Dublin reporters warned lives 'at risk'
A number of Irish journalists have been "formally notified" by police in the Republic of Ireland that their safety is at risk from organised criminals.

Nato ships sent to tackle traffickers
Nato is sending ships to deter people-smugglers from taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, in its first intervention in Europe's migrant crisis.

Police guard for Suu Kyi after threat
Police in Myanmar decide for the first time to give protection to Aung San Suu Kyi after she received a death threat.

Brazil aims for Zika vaccine in a year
Brazil health officials say they expect to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus ready for testing in about a year.

Six children killed in France bus crash
Six teenagers die after parts of a lorry crash into their school bus in Rochefort, western France.

Opposition thrown out of Zuma speech
Opposition MPs are thrown out after heckling South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at his state of the nation address in parliament.

Star Wars prosecuted over Ford injury
The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted over the incident which left Harrison Ford with a broken leg.

VIDEO: Hawking hails gravitational wave find
Acclaimed physicist Professor Stephen Hawking says the first observation of gravitational waves is "groundbreaking".

VIDEO: Bosch paintings in historic homecoming
The strange and terrifying works of the painter Hieronymous Bosch have been gathered in his home town, Den Bosch, in the Netherlands for the first time.

VIDEO: Google boss asked 'what do you get paid?'
Google's UK head, Matt Brittin, is asked about his salary as he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee.

VIDEO: What is a 'super-confessor'?
Pope Francis sends more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.

VIDEO: An experiment in monastic life
A group of 36 young people are taking part in an ecclesiastical experiment; since September 2015 they have been living together as part of a quasi-monastic community.

VIDEO: Syrian rebels: 'The West has abandoned us'
A senior Syrian rebel commander inside Aleppo tells the BBC that his fighters felt abandoned by countries such as Britain and the United States.

VIDEO: Battle of Hong Kong's street food hawkers
The BBC talks to vendors in Mong Kok after clashes following an operation to clear unlicensed street food stalls.

VIDEO: Why a Brit lives with his baby in a migrant camp?
Winter rains have led to squalid conditions in the migrant camps of northern France. Yet one British citizen has chosen to live in Dunkirk, to be with his family.

AUDIO: Has Sesame Street been gentrified?
Sesame Street's Elmo explains why his neighbourhood seems to have gone upmarket.

How Putin is succeeding in Syria
Russia is succeeding in Syria where the West has failed, by setting an achievable goal and committing enough force to reach it, as Jonathan Marcus reports.

Ties warm between Pope and patriarch
Issues of mutual concern are propelling the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches towards dialogue, as Caroline Wyatt reports.

Gravitational waves: A triumph for big science
The first direct detection of gravitational waves is without doubt one of the most remarkable breakthroughs of our time, and opens the door to a completely new way to investigate the Universe.

Markets are in turmoil - here's why
In a world of money printing central banks, negative interest rates and a global economic slowdown, investors are no longer quite sure where the ground is.

New Top Gear presenters revealed
Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan and German racing driver Sabine Schmitz are to join the new series of Top Gear.

'Iron Boy' granted superhero wish
A young Australian boy with cystic fibrosis was given the chance to save Sydney from a super villain on Thursday.

Anxiety hits US and European markets
The FTSE 100 has fallen 2.4%, with US and European markets also posting sharp declines amid continued anxiety about the state of the global economy.

Google defends UK tax arrangements
Google's UK chief defends the search giant's tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

VTech 'is responsible' for kids' data
The UK's data privacy watchdog confirms that VTech remains responsible for protecting users' data despite changes to its terms and conditions.

Facebook ?colonialism' row stokes distrust
Comments by a Facebook board member could put Mark Zuckerberg's global plans on the back foot.

Downton star banned for drink-driving
Downton Abbey actor Brendan Coyle gets a four-year driving ban after being stopped at nearly three times the alcohol limit.

Paltrow stalker 'wanted to marry'
A man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow tells a Los Angeles court he sent her dozens of letters in the hope she might want to marry him.

Gravity search was 'a global effort'
The first gravitational wave detection depended on the contributions of nearly 1,000 scientists from countries around the world.

Toxic chemicals found in beached whales
A pod of whales stranded in Fife in 2012 are found to have had high concentrations of toxic chemicals in their bodies, scientists find.

'Strongest evidence' of Zika effect
One of the US's most senior public health officials reveals the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

China's first Zika case confirmed
A 34-year-old man who recently travelled to South America has become China's first confirmed case of Zika virus infection, reports state media.

Johnson sacked by Sunderland
Adam Johnson is sacked by Sunderland after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.

Biggar recovery miraculous - Gatland
Wales coach Warren Gatland is relieved as fly-half Dan Biggar recovers from a "three-to-five-week" injury in five days.

Why do people use flotation tanks?
Flotation tanks have been a part of new-age lifestyles for decades, but in the last five years the number of people using them has soared.

Is there such a thing as 'the world's best chef'?
Many reports of the death of chef Benoit Violier described him as the "world's best chef" - but ranking chefs has a tendency to cause arguments.

US worried over 'Rwanda's Burundi role'
The US raises concerns with Rwandan officials over reports suggesting it is involved in "destabilising activities" in neighbouring Burundi.

Scores killed in Nigeria camp bombings
At least 56 people are killed in a double suicide bombing at a camp sheltering people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

N Korea to cut hotlines with South
North Korea vows to cut two crucial military communication hotlines with the South, as tension rises after the North's recent rocket and nuclear tests.

India schools shut over leopard fears
More than 100 schools are closed in Bangalore after reports that another leopard is sighted on the outskirts of the Indian city.

Former Auschwitz guard goes on trial
A 94-year-old former Nazi SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp goes on trial in Germany over the murder of at least 170,000 people.

Russia submits Syria ceasefire proposal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has submitted a proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as world powers meet in Munich.

Mangueira's samba wins Rio Carnival
One of Rio de Janeiro's oldest samba schools, Mangueira, wins this year's carnival.

Farc to 'stop recruiting minors'
Farc rebels announce at peace talks in Havana that they will stop recruiting minors, a move they say is another step on the road to peace.

Two in court over Alan Kurdi smuggling
Two suspected people-smugglers are on trial in connection with the death of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi and four other people.

UN and Palestinians appeal for aid
The Palestinian Authority and the United Nations make a joint appeal for $571m (395m) to provide humanitarian assistance to 1.8 million Palestinians.

Chris Christie ends White House bid
Republican Chris Christie drops out of the US presidential race after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

US government sues Ferguson on policing
The US government files a lawsuit against the Missouri town of Ferguson, after it rejects reforms outlined following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai
Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai

Lartigue's life in colour
Rarely seen pictures by Jacques Henri Lartigue reveal his love of colour photographs.

Goal difference
Does the UK want different things from Europe?

China's curious cult of the mango
How China came to venerate a tropical fruit

Pakistan's secretive bustard hunting scene
Why do Gulf sheikhs shoot this rare bird for an aphrodisiac?

Thailand's love of the supernatural
The history of Thailand's current craze

Iranians speak out over sexual harassment scandal
Iran debates harassment after newsreader puts recording online

VIDEO: A symphony just for cats
Music composed for feline friends

Can this replace black pepper?
Foodies are turning to this new type of pepper

 
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