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Gunmen take hostages in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka
Gunmen storm a cafe and seize hostages including foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Voting begins in Australia's election
Australians have begun voting in the country's federal election, where the conservative coalition government is widely expected to hold power.

Brexit: Tensions emerge over UK-EU trade negotiations
UK and EU politicians send conflicting signals about how the UK's Brexit negotiations should proceed.

US air and drone strikes 'killed up to 116 civilians'
US drone and air strikes killed between 64 and 116 civilians outside war zones between 2009 and 2015, the White House says.

Austria presidential poll result overturned
Austria's highest court annuls the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by a far-right candidate and says the vote must be re-run.

Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer found dead
The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police is found a week after he went missing.

Syria: Rebels say pilot killed after plane shot down
Syrian rebels say they shot down a Syrian air force jet and blamed an al-Qaeda-linked group for killing the pilot.

Israel and Palestinians: Powers warn of 'perpetual conflict'
World powers warn of "perpetual occupation and conflict" between Israel and Palestinian unless both sides take positive action.

Cologne mayor stabbing: Man jailed and convicted
A man who stabbed the Mayor of Cologne in the neck a day before she was elected has been convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 14 years.

Battle of the Somme: Royals at Somme centenary commemoration
Thousands of people, including members of the Royal Family, attend a ceremony in France marking 100 years since the start of the World War One Battle of the Somme.

Sierra Leonean diplomat kidnapped in Kaduna, Nigeria
Sierra Leone's former army chief, Major-General Nelson Williams, is kidnapped in Nigeria, reportedly while on his way to an event in Kaduna state.

Taiwan mistakenly fires supersonic missile killing one
A patrol boat at Taiwan's naval base accidentally fires a missile in the direction of China during an inspection, killing a local fisherman, the navy says.

Judge blocks Mississippi anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' law
A US judge blocks a Mississippi law protecting religious objections to same-sex marriage a day before it was due to take effect.

Ceremony in France to mark Battle of the Somme centenary
Commemorations have been held in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Investigation into first self-drive fatal crash
An investigation is under way into what could be the first death caused by self-driving technology.

BBC presenter's tears over racist abuse
Trish Adudu is moved to tears as she describes the racist tirade she faced in Coventry city centre.

Have Leave campaigners broken their referendum pledges?
Leave campaigners spoke a lot about NHS spending and immigration before the EU referendum. Here's what they're saying now.

Beating the summer heat at US iceberg exhibit
The National Building Museum's new exhibit features a "glacial ice field" - giant sculptures representing icebergs, as an alternative to Washington DC's summer heat.

Orangutans return home after Indonesia forest fires
Three orangutans rescued from forest fires in Indonesia are returned to the wild by International Animal Rescue workers.

Feeling betrayed? Any regrets, Mr Johnson?
Boris Johnson makes his first public comments since pulling out of the Tory leadership race, saying he wishes Michael Gove "every possible success".

$24m found in Miami attic drugs raid
More than $24 million (18m) had been found in a Miami attic during a drugs raid, police say.

Lindsay Lohan vows to turn on Kettering's lights after twitter row
Lindsay Lohan has agreed to turn on the Christmas lights in Kettering this year following an "offensive" tweet about the town on referendum night.

Mosha the Thai elephant maimed by mine gets prosthetic leg
An Asian elephant who lost her leg in a landmine accident along the border between Myanmar and Thailand has received a new prosthetic leg.

Jon Donnison: Will Australians gamble on election?
After five changes of prime ministers in six years, Australia's voters may decide to play it safe.

James Naughtie: Powerful memories of Somme battlefields
James Naughtie visits the fields where the Battle of the Somme was fought, as the centenary commemorations begin.

Mark Lowen: Why is IS attacking Turkey?
Following the deadly attack at Istanbul's airport which officials say bears the hallmarks of so-called Islamic State, the BBC's Mark Lowen looks at why the group has targeted Turkey.

The massive scale of Australia's election
Australia's massive size and sparse populations in outback areas means it has some of the world's largest electoral constituencies.

Why Kenyan pupils set fire to their schools
School arson attacks carried out by students appear to have become a trend in Kenya, which has left people speculating about the causes, but no-one seems to agree.

Conservative leader: Who might succeed David Cameron?
Who are the main contenders to succeed David Cameron as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

Why have so many huge diamonds been found recently?
The huge rough diamond that went on sale on Wednesday was one of three big diamonds found recently after a break of more than a century. The BBC's Clare Spencer asks why.

Battle of the Somme
Images from The Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.

Environmental winners
The winning entries in the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition are announced.

Tough Mudder
A selection of images from the gruelling obstacle-course challenge at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

Royal Regatta
Umbrellas and Wellington boots may be order of the day as five-day rowing spectacular kicks off, but the wet weather hasn't dampened spirits.

Real to reel
Remembering a century of war films at the Imperial War Museum in London - from 1 July 2016 to 8 January 2017.

Wales 3-1 Belgium
Wales reach the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time after coming from behind to defeat Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

Wimbledon 2016: Play on middle Sunday given go-ahead
Wimbledon organisers give the go-ahead for play on the middle Sunday of the tournament for the first time since 2004.

Tiger Woods: Three-time champion out of Open Championship
Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this month's major at Royal Troon.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United complete signing of Swedish striker
Manchester United complete the signing of former Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Settlement question
The BBC's Yolande Knell looks at Jewish settlements in the West Bank, one of the most disputed topics in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Who are you again?
Evie Prichard writes about living with prosopagnosia, a condition which means she can't recognise faces - even her own family's.

Predicting the internet
Futurologist Alvin Toffler predicted everything from the rise of the Internet to the decline of the nuclear family, but he wasn't always right

Aliens of Oz
On a far-off planet very much like Australia, strange creatures engage in battle for political domination in this satirical cartoon from Laurent Sanguinetti.

'Iranian Hulk'
A gigantic Iranian social media star has volunteered to join his countrymen fighting alongside the Assad regime in Syria.

7 days quiz
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

'Rest in peace'
A look at the background and lives of some of the victims of the attack on Istanbul airport on 28 June.

Paralysed politics
The BBC's Will Grant finds the already precarious situation of healthcare in Haiti further compounded by a power vacuum.

UK drops budget surplus target
Chancellor George Osborne abandons his target to restore government finances to a surplus by 2020, saying there were 'clear signs' of a shock to the economy.

European press relishes drama of Tory contest
Like their British colleagues, European commentators have enthusiastically seized on references to Shakespeare to describe the crisis currently engulfing the Conservative Party leadership.

Today's Brexit questions answered
When will it happen? Will it break up the UK? We take a look at six key questions following the UK's shock exit from the EU

Gove sets out UK leadership position
Michael Gove launches his bid to be Tory leader and prime minister with a promise of leaving the EU's single market and cutting immigration.

Reality Check: How important is foreign investment?
Why is foreign investment so important to the future of the UK economy?

Brexit 'to dominate EU for months'
Fallout from UK vote to leave and questions over migration will dominate Slovakia's six-month EU presidency, Prime Minister Robert Fico says.

Somme centenary: How Britain gave away attack plan
A military historian has found evidence that British military intelligence failures at the Somme gave away the plan to attack.

A soldier's Somme illustrated journal
A Donegal soldier produced a fascinating illustrated journal of his experiences of World War One.

Somme marked by uniformed men across UK with #wearehere
Images of WW1 uniformed men around Britain are being shared on #wearehere as commemorations mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Somme battlefields from the air 100 years on
A century after the Battle of the Somme, see some of the key landmarks, battlefields and memorials from the air.



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