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Gambia crisis: Barrow inauguration in Senegal as Jammeh stays put
Adama Barrow says he will be sworn in as Gambian president in Senegal as Yahya Jammeh refuses to go.
Moment rescuers reach Italy avalanche hotel
An Italian rescue official has said that a number of people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche close to the Gran Sasso mountain in the Abruzzo region.
Vegemite back in Australian ownership after A$460m Bega deal
The iconic brand of salty yeast spread is bought by Bega Cheese from US giant Mondelez in $A460m deal
Japan hotelier's Nanjing massacre denial angers China
Toshio Motoya claims in a book available in his APA hotels that the Nanjing massacre did not take place.
South Korea: Court denies arrest warrant for Samsung chief
A judge rules there is not enough evidence to justify arresting Lee Jae-yong for corruption.
Ana-Alecia Ayala, 'dancing and laughter' cancer patient, dies
Ana-Alecia Ayala, who has died from cancer, inspired millions by dancing on camera in hospital.
Mexico's Colima volcano in fiery explosion
Webcams have caught the dramatic eruption of Mexico's Colima volcano, which has seen an increase in activity since October.
Mexican anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro killed
Isidro Baldenegro, a Mexican indigenous leader, had been receiving death threats when he died.
Moth with 'golden flake hairstyle' named after Donald Trump
The moth, which has a wingspan of just over a centimetre, was discovered in California.
India school bus crash kills 15 pupils
The bus collided with a truck in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Alanis Morissette's manager admits $5m fraud
Jonathan Schwartz admits stealing over $7m from the singer and other celebrities, prosecutors say.
Italy avalanche: 'Many dead' in hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo
Rescuers in central Italy say many people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche.
Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random
The man suspected of killing 39 people on New Year's Eve says the venue was not his initial target.
Kidnapped girl Lexis Manigo defends abductor 'mother'
A girl, who was kidnapped as a baby 18 years ago, has defended the woman who took her from a Florida hospital.
Tehran high-rise building collapses after fire
Tens of firemen might have been inside the 17-storey Plasco building when it collapsed, state TV says.
NSW Premier Mike Baird gives emotional resignation speech
Mike Baird, the leader of New South Wales, has announced he is quitting politics.
Obama's advice to Trump: 'Reality has a way of biting back'
President Barack Obama has revealed his advice to Donald Trump in his final press conference.
Islamic State group 'lost quarter of territory' in 2016
IS endured "unprecedented territorial" defeats and should lose Mosul by mid-2017, new analysis says.
Primates 'sliding towards extinction', say scientists
A report says that 60% of the world's primate species are under threat of extinction.
Italy pizzeria hands out free pizzas to traffic jam
Genoese wins plaudits for giving free pizzas to drivers stuck in rush-hour gridlock.
China city bans second-time wedding banquets
A city in China forbids banquets for people marrying for a second time.
Chelsea Manning decision: Obama says justice was served
The president defends his commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, at his final news conference.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird quits politics
Mike Baird, the leader of New South Wales, makes a surprise announcement he is standing down.
Cobra fang club
A growing number of snake farms are being set up in Kenya to attract paying visitors and breed snakes for export to Europe and North America.
Australia Day campaign raises A$100,000 to replace billboard
A campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard showing two girls in hijabs is "overwhelmed" with donations.
Off the rails
Did an ill-fated train journey really pull Serbia and Kosovo to the brink of conflict?
Donald Trump's inauguration: Why more and more Democrats are refusing to go
More than 50 House Democrats are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony amid a feud between the president-elect and civil rights activist John Lewis.
Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?
Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency.
East to West
The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.
Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey 'in first joint air strikes on IS'
Moscow says nine of its jets and eight of Turkey's pounded so-called Islamic State targets.
Pious vs secular
An attack on a Turkish nightclub revives a debate over whether the country's secular side is under threat.
When sparks fly
Korean Air is believed to be the only major airline that routinely carries Tasers on its planes.
Obama and Africa
As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa.
The BBC's Jonathan Head looks into why Thailand's roads are among the most lethal in the world.
Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols
Flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying are all common features of toilets in Japan.
Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Mali car bomb 'kills at least 50 people' in Gao
At least 50 people are killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials say.
The Gambia: British and Dutch tourists leave after new advice
Tourists were told to leave The Gambia following President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to hand power to the president-elect.
Mexico shooting at American school 'injures five'
Five people are injured in a shooting at an American school in Mexico's Monterrey, officials say.
Twenty years later
Hong Kong has spent 20 years under Chinese sovereignty. What's changed?
Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list
Former national football star Mohamed Aboutrika is accused of funding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Sophie the Giraffe: How safe is it?
After mould is reportedly found in the popular children's toy - should parents be worried?
Indian woman held for acid attack on ex-lover
The rare attack in India was allegedly carried out by a woman angry at her lover for breaking up.
Australian horses deadlier than snakes
Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than venomous animals combined, data shows.
On the banks of two majestic US rivers
Jon Kay talks to people working on the busiest US inland waterway about maintaining the locks, and what Donald Trump could do for them.
Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh crisis grows
It appears to be a show of force to pressure President Yahya Jammeh to accept his electoral defeat.
Indonesian zoo accused of 'starving' sun bears by activists
Activists are demanding a zoo in Bandung be shut down, accusing it of starving animals.
Nigeria air strike error: Urgent plea to evacuate wounded
Just nine people have been evacuated since Tuesday's accidental bombing of Nigerian refugees.
CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online
Intelligence briefings, flying saucer sightings and psychic tests are all part of the archive.
Biden to Davos: Top 1% 'not carrying their weight'
Outgoing US Vice-President Joe Biden tells Davos tax breaks for the rich do not generate growth.
President Trump: What happens on inauguration day
Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday.
Aleppo 'haunted by violence and death'
Jeremy Bowen reports from the ruins of eastern Aleppo where 40,000 people have returned home.
Gambia's President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes
Yahya Jammeh refuses to step aside for Adama Barrow as regional troops remain poised at the border.
The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh's term extended by parliament
MPs vote for The Gambia's leader to stay in power for another 90 days rather than step down on Thursday.
Travelling from China to London
China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade.
Trump's views are '100% different' to Putin's, says Alexey Navalny
Russia's main opposition leader Alexey Navalny says Mr Trump's attitude towards Mr Putin is "strange".
Manning 'should not have spent a single day in prison' - Greenwald
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden leaks on secret US surveillance, says Chelsea Manning "did a great deal of public good".
Trump and nuclear codes
What are the checks on a US president launching a strategic nuclear strike?
German fury at AfD Hoecke's Holocaust memorial remark
A right-wing leader in Germany provokes outrage for condemning the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
The meat killer
The vegan aiming to make the perfect meatless burger to please even "the hardcore meat lover".
Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked
Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.
Italy earthquakes 'a catastrophe' for snowbound central region
The president of the Marche region appeals for aid after three strong quakes strike in a single day.
Mexicans' Donald Trump fears
Mexicans are worried about what a cut to tax remittances sent to them by relatives in the United States could do to their lives and businesses.
George HW Bush and wife in hospital
The former president is in intensive care with pneumonia and the ex-first lady is suffering fatigue.
US Congress removes Ferguson artwork
A painting depicting protests in Missouri and police as pigs is removed after political tit-for-tat.
Mud hut periods
BBC Nepali reporter Krishnamaya on that tradition that forces menstruating women into outhouses.
Dancing With The Stars: Hughie Maughan in fake tan storm
Hughie Maughan sends viewers into a spin with the intensity of his fake tan on a TV dance show.
European Parliament election: Antonio Tajani new president
Italian conservative wins after his EPP group allies with liberals to counter rising populism.
How Australia's deadliest train crash - 40 years ago on Wednesday - reshaped its response to disasters.
Awaiting the cut
The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.
Pakistan singer stops show to rescue harassed girl
Atif Aslam stops his live concert in Karachi to rescue a girl from the crowd who was being harassed.
'Inspiring, determined, kind': Who are these London schoolgirls describing?
Some of the British schoolgirls who met Michelle Obama in 2015 pay tribute to the outgoing US first lady.
Syrian conflict: What's left of Aleppo's Great Mosque?
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen visits the devastated Umayyad Mosque, which dates back to the year 715.
Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple
A baby has been born to an infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of "three-person IVF".
Outrage over Somali gang-rape video
Funds are raised for a teenage Somali girl gang raped by six teenagers who posted photos online.
State of emergency declared in The Gambia
President Yahya Jammeh is meant to hand over power to Adama Barrow on Thursday.
French Polynesia signs first 'floating city' deal
French Polynesia signs a deal that could pave the way for the world's first floating city.
Pakistan singer Atif Aslam stops show to rescue harassed girl
Outpouring of praise online for Pakistan singer Atif Aslam for pausing his show to help a harassed girl.
Green-eyed girl: Photo 'caused problems'
National Geographic Afghan 'cover girl' speaks exclusively to the BBC about life back in her homeland.
Route 45: Inside one of Obama's favourite diners
Jon Kay finds out people's hopes and fears about the Donald Trump presidency, over breakfast at one of Barack Obama's favourite eateries in Chicago.
'Wrong Ivanka' from UK hits back after Trump tweet
A tweet quoted by Donald Trump praising his daughter mistakenly copies in Ivanka from Brighton.
Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.
Flight MH370: Another search still possible, Australia says
Australia says the search for MH370 could resume one day, but only with "credible new evidence".
Australian family rescued after night on Japanese mountain
An Australian family is found safe in the mountains after going missing while skiing in Japan.
The single biggest threat to world's infrastructure
It's squirrels, not cyber-attacks, that pose the real threat to critical infrastructure systems, says one security expert.
Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack
Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.
Nigeria air strike error kills dozens in refugee camp
Scores are killed when a military jet targets a refugee camp, thinking it was Boko Haram militants.
Tsukiji fish seller: 'My family has sold tuna for 170 years'
As Tokyo's legendary fish market prepares to move, a third-generation tuna seller tells his story.
Ivory Coast gunfire in Abidjan after mutineers paid
Paramilitary forces open fire in several cities after mutinous soldiers are paid the money they had sought.
Why S Africans are pretending to be dead
One of the latest trends in South Africa is to photograph yourself pretending to be dead. But not everyone approves of the #DeadPoseChallenge.
Russian region debates Nutcracker 'occult' row
Officials in Siberian region are to debate a religious row over The Nutcracker ballet.
India teenagers die taking selfies with train
Two teenagers fail to move away in time and a train runs them over in Delhi.
Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence
The Wikileaks source will walk free in May, but critics call the clemency "a grave mistake".
Google Play and iOS apps demand surges in India and China
India set a new record for Google Play downloads in 2016, while demand for iOS software soared in China, a study says.
Family rescued from Japan mountain
A woman and her three sons reportedly dug themselves into a snow hole for shelter.
John Lewis tells Americans on MLK day: 'You must never hate'
Civil rights icon John Lewis makes a Martin Luther King Day address after a row with Donald Trump.
Italy weather: Heavy snow grips earthquake region
Freezing weather adds to the pressure on infrastructure damaged by last year's huge earthquakes.
Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos
Former Apprentice contestant says Donald Trump is a "misogynist" who "debased and denigrated" her.
Love to the rescue
Melissa Dohme was viciously stabbed more than 30 times by her ex-boyfriend. She survived against all the odds and found love in an unexpected place.
German top court blocks ban on far right NPD
The German constitutional court says the NPD is not a significant enough threat to democracy.
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