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Visions of France
The BBC's Laurence Peter examines what really divides election rivals Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
Body parts for cash
Abu Jaafar's job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money.
Trump backs down on border wall funding
If cash for a wall is left out of the budget bill, a government shutdown can be averted this week.
Down but never out
South Africa is in for a rough ride as the ruling ANC prepares to choose President Jacob Zuma's successor.
Last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to raise money
This is part of fundraising efforts by conservationists to save the near extinct species.
Obama criticised for '$400,000 Wall Street speech'
The former US president previously admonished "fat cat bankers".
Kim Jong-un's ski resort
They're optimistic of success ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.
Brazil footballer Bruno Fernandes to return to jail over murder
Bruno Fernandes, jailed for the 2010 murder of his ex-girlfriend, was freed on parole in February.
Exploding snowman forecasts hot summer for Switzerland
Switzerland is set for good weather this summer according to a popular spring tradition.
Have you got the bottle for 'beer yoga'?
A fitness craze from Germany combining yoga poses while drinking beer is gaining popularity in Asia.
Russian hackers 'target' presidential candidate Macron
High-tech techniques were used to trick staff into handing over login names, say experts
The park ranger kidnapped and tortured for protecting wildlife
Park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, explains how he lives in constant fear of attack for protecting wildlife in Virunga National Park.
St Petersburg bombing: Group says al-Qaeda chief ordered attack
The attack was revenge for Russian action in Muslim countries and Chechnya, a statement says.
Down's syndrome dancer Mikayla Holmgren enters Miss USA pageant
Mikayla Holmgren is thought to be the first person with Down's syndrome to enter the beauty pageant.
Unearthing the past
In March 1974, Chinese farmers unearthed the greatest archaeological find of the century, the Terracotta Army. Archaeologist Li Xiuzhen has worked on the site since the 1980s.
Primitive human 'lived much more recently'
Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.
Somali-American Ilhan Omar on historic US election win
Ilhan Omar explains how she made history to become the first Somali-American legislator in the US.
Israel's Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups
Sigmar Gabriel had refused to call off talks with Israeli human rights activists.
'Unicorn' found among sheep in Iceland
A farming family finds an unusual creature amid their flock of sheep in Landbrot.
Turkey air strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq
Turkey hits positions in Syria held by the US-backed YPG, killing at least 18 fighters battling IS.
White House blocks Flynn document request
It rebuffs a request by a committee investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women's summit
Donald Trump's eldest daughter was speaking at an event with German leader Angela Merkel.
Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?
Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.
Great white shark feasts on dead humpback whale
The circle of life comes around for much-loved humpback 'Scarlet' on the California coast.
Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life
Facebook's processes were already under scrutiny after video of a US killing stayed online for hours.
Sixteen migrants drown making Turkey-Greece crossing
The bodies of two children were among those pulled from waters between Turkey and Lesbos.
The volunteers helping ambulances to get to Syria
The BBC meets volunteers in the biggest ever convoy to transport medical vehicles from the UK to Syria.
Following years of drought, California's deserts have erupted with a "super bloom" of wildflowers visible even from space.
Venezuela protest death toll rises in renewed violence
Three more people are killed as a wave of anti-government protests shows no sign of easing.
Pakistan minibus blast kills 10
The attack happened in Kurram district, a mainly Shia area that has seen several recent attacks.
Delhi University could add Facebook course to English degrees
English literature students at Delhi University may soon study how to write good Facebook posts.
Fitbit contradicts husband's story of wife's murder - police
The Connecticut man said his wife was killed by an intruder with a voice like actor Vin Diesel's.
French mayor fined for 'too many Muslim children' comment
Controversial Beziers Mayor Robert Menard said schools in his town had too many Muslims.
Hollande calls for unity at tribute to slain officer Jugelé
Murdered police officer Xavier Jugele is awarded Legion of Honour as presidential hopefuls watch.
'500kg' Egyptian woman's sister accuses Indian doctors of lying
The sister of an Egyptian woman who went to India for weight loss surgery lashes out at her doctors.
North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea
It comes amid heightened tensions, and fears North Korea is planning more nuclear or missile tests.
Speculation is rife that China could be tightening the oil tap, which the North's economy needs to survive.
Huge robbery sparks gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil
Brazilian police clash with a gang blamed for "the robbery of the century" in neighbouring Paraguay.
75% of Yemen's population 'in urgent need'
Countries are urged to commit cash to save 'forgotten' Yemen from humanitarian catastrophe.
New Orleans removes first of four Confederate statues
Wearing bullet-proof gear, contractors removed the statue under the watch of armed snipers.
Arrests over shooting of Kuki Gallmann at Kenya conservation park
Multiple suspects and a gun are in police hands after author Kuki Gallmann was ambushed and shot.
US embassy 'promotes Trump's Florida resort'
Democrats say a post on the US embassy website in London promotes the president's Mar-a-Lago resort.
On the chin
Mihai Nistor was the last fighter to knock out Anthony Joshua - but while Joshua earns millions, Nistor remains an amateur on a modest income. Why?
US imposes 'sweeping' Syria sanctions over 'chemical' attack
Washington says its "sweeping" sanctions target 271 employees of Syria's state scientific agency.
Obama at Chicago youth event: 'I'm old'
A relaxed-looking Barack Obama soon felt his age at his first public event since leaving the White House.
Here we go again
The US is days away from a potential government shutdown. It's happened before. What is going on?
France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader
Marine Le Pen says she will be above "partisan considerations" as she seeks the French presidency.
Quake overturns tradition
Women are breaking with tradition and helping rebuild Nepal after the earthquake two years ago.
Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.
French election: Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen
President says Emmanuel Macron will "defend the values which will bring French people together".
Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists
Rapists could avoid jail if they married their victim, and stayed together for at least three years.
US toddler survives fall from bus
The four-year-old escaped with a broken jaw after the incident in Arkansas.
Afghan attack: 'The walls are pocked with gunshot fire'
At the scene of Friday's attack in Mazar-e Sharif, in which scores of Afghan soldiers were killed.
Somalia drought fuelling piracy - US Africa command head
Piracy has resumed off the Somali coast in recent months after a five-year lull.
Serena Williams calls Ilie Nastase comments 'racist' and backs investigation
Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase's comments about her unborn child are "racist" and backs an International Tennis Federation investigation.
Elton John suffered 'deadly bacterial infection' on tour
He is recovering after falling violently ill on tour and spending two nights in intensive care.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on grief: 'It does get better'
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg speaks movingly about her grief after the death of her husband.
Ontario to try giving poor a basic income
The move to pay C$16,989 ($12,600) to individuals in a pilot scheme echoes a trial study in Finland.
French election: Voters take yellow chair challenge
Sit down and tell us where you stand on the election.
Germany's 'Love Parade' organisers to face trial over stampede deaths
A stampede in a tunnel at a German music festival in 2010 led to 21 deaths.
Arkansas prepares for first US double execution in 17 years
Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are seeking stays on grounds of poor health.
The land that used to belong to so-called Islamic State
BBC gets rare access to north western Syria where so-called IS have been defeated.
Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.
North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing
The unusual move comes amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
US-Israeli man, 18, in court over threats against Jewish centres
Prosecutors say Michael Kadar made hoax calls to airlines, hospitals and Jewish schools worldwide.
Man lived above Japanese toilet for three years
Unemployed Japanese man arrested for trespassing after his loft accommodation is discovered.
Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine
It should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease, but it is the first "real world" trial.
Woman attacked by shark in British territory St Helena
Her husband reportedly punched the animal to scare it away and she is now being treated in hospital.
Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack
The insurgent attack on an army base in Mazar-e Sharif left scores of soldiers dead.
French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency
Centrist Emmanuel Macron will take on the far-right's Marine Le Pen in France's run-off election.
Venezuela's President Maduro calls for talks with opposition
Nicolas Maduro seeks dialogue with the opposition ahead of the latest in a series of protest rallies.
A night at a French Front National election party
Marine Le Pen's supporters in Marseille watch the results come in with great anticipation.
Hammer kills Illinois student in freak athletics accident
The 19-year-old was volunteering at a track event on a suburban Chicago campus when he was struck.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks US record
Peggy Whitson has now spent more time than any other US astronaut in space, breaking Jeff Williams' 534-day record.
Syria refugee children 'bitten by rats' in camps
Syrians living in camps in Lebanon say waste is not being collected and is attracting vermin.
China urges 'restraint' amid North Korea sinking threat
President Xi speaks to Donald Trump, a day after Pyongyang said it could sink a US aircraft carrier.
'You're hired Happy'
A profile of John Timpson, the boss of family-owned shoe repair firm Timpson, which has a very unusual recruitment policy.
India Maoist rebels kill 24 CRPF policemen in Chhattisgarh
The police were guarding road workers in Chhattisgarh when they came under attack themselves.
Boy aged 12 drives himself 1,300km across Australia
He was trying to drive from New South Wales to Perth across the outback but was stopped by police.
Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders
The son of a wealthy family says a laughing axe-wielding intruder killed his parents and brother.
North Korean university names detained US citizen
Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, was teaching at a Pyongyang institution before his arrest.
France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off
The pair will contest the second round on 7 May with the centrist Emmanuel Macron as favourite.
Mass graves, child soldiers and police decapitations are all features of a little known Congolese conflict, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.
Researchers have named nearly five million victims of the Holocaust, but they are in a race against time to identify the rest, reports Raffi Berg.
100 days, 100 voters
We asked 100 Americans what they think about President Trump's first 100 days.
Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft
Group sets up a religious order to exploit a loophole in the law.
The Holocaust: Hunt for a million missing names
Giselle Cycowicz's father was murdered by the Nazis - but many victims are still to be identified.
Colombia's ELN loses kidnap victim in jungle escape
Colombia's ELN guerrillas say a Russian-Armenian wildlife trafficker they held hostage has escaped.
Geeks vs government
The technology which underpins the internet's security has always been disputed.
Germany AfD: Right-wing party picks election leaders
Facing a slump in popularity, the AfD is seeking to enter national parliament for the first time.
Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve
Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.
France votes for new president amid high security
Tens of thousands of police are on duty as voters cast ballots in a hotly fought presidential election.
'Vive la France' - Marseille's voters on presidential race
What do the voters of Marseille think about the race to choose the next French president?
Australian girl, 8, escaped a sinking car but family drowned
Chloe Kabealo, who got out and raised the alarm, says she tried to go up for air and kept rising.
London Marathon 2017: Mary Keitany & Daniel Wanjiru win
Mary Keitany breaks Paula Radcliffe's women's-only world record to win the London Marathon, while Daniel Wanjiru takes victory in the men's race.
Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers
An Italian prosecutor tells a newspaper there is evidence of direct contact between the two.
IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge
But the global body believes protectionist policies could choke off improving global growth.
Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park
Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts
In a raft of decrees, King Salman fires his civil service minister and makes his son US ambassador.
Ecuador fines media for not publishing a story
Outlets that did not cover an opposition politician's alleged offshore banking were sanctioned.
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