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Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:24:18 GMT

An earthquake topples a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least three people.

Man shot dead at Dublin boxing weigh-in
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:49:56 GMT

A man is shot dead at a Dublin boxing weigh-in, in a suspected gangland attack by gunmen dressed as police officers and armed with AK47s.

Twitter shuts 125,000 'terror' accounts
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:28:15 GMT

Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts", the social media company says.

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:07:34 GMT

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and believed in aliens, dies at the age of 85.

Attacks on Calais migrants investigated
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:38:09 GMT

French prosecutors are investigating at least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift Calais camp called the Jungle, the BBC understands.

Massive crane collapses in New York
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:25:45 GMT

A large construction crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing one person and injuring at least two others.

Muslim women 'stopped in Labour bids'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:05:04 GMT

A Muslim women's group writes to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming some women have been stopped from becoming councillors by Muslim men in their local party.

Refugees mass at Turkey-Syria border
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:43:10 GMT

Some 15,000 Syrians are massed at the Turkish border after fleeing a government offensive in Aleppo, the UN and Turkey say.

Zika 'linked to nerve disorder deaths'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:56:09 GMT

Colombia says three people have died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder.

Cameron gets Danish backing for EU deal
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:49:05 GMT

David Cameron receives the backing of Denmark for his EU renegotiation after Poland said plans to limit benefits for migrants need "further discussion".

UK brands Assange ruling 'ridiculous'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:54:11 GMT

The UK foreign secretary brands as "ridiculous" a UN panel's ruling that Julian Assange be allowed to go free, but the Wikileaks founder demands the decision be respected.

Dumper truck rampage thief jailed
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:35:57 GMT

A man who stole a dumper truck and left a 37-mile trail of destruction in a low-speed pursuit across two counties is jailed.

VIDEO: Celebrating faces full of freckles
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:09:15 GMT

Photographer Brock Elbank is on a mission to photograph as many freckled people as possible.

VIDEO: Migrant attacks investigated in France
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:11:11 GMT

The BBC has been told French prosecutors are investigating at least half a dozen attacks on migrants who live in the refugee camp known as the Jungle, in Calais.

VIDEO: Taiwan earthquake: 'No way to escape'
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:11:43 GMT

An earthquake has toppled a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan.

VIDEO: Volcanic lightning in southern Japan
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:43:21 GMT

Japanese television has shown this dramatic footage of the Sakurajima volcano erupting in the south of the country.

VIDEO: 'Why didn't you tell me it was that bad?'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:39:24 GMT

As figures show suicide as one of the biggest killers in the UK, Ed Thomas speaks to human rights barrister Michael Mansfield, whose daughter Anna took her own life in 2015.

VIDEO: Rare Ferrari to go under the hammer
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:22:10 GMT

A 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti is expected to fetch up to 32m euros ($34m) at auction in Paris.

VIDEO: The largest annual human migration
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:58:07 GMT

Chinese New Year sees the largest annual human migration in the world. What are the numbers?

VIDEO: Super Bowl 50: In numbers
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:14:05 GMT

Super Bowl 50, American football's showstopper takes place this weekend between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The BBC takes a look at the numbers.

Deportation row and high-flying schools
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:56:04 GMT

The notorious relative of a woman the UK has been told it cannot deport, and the growing success of state schools, are among front page stories in Saturday's newspapers.

Could John McDonnell ever be Labour leader?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:05:46 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell share many beliefs - so why has one ended up Labour leader while the other has twice failed to even run for the party's leadership, asks Shaun Ley.

NHS finances - the short, the medium and the long term
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:42:42 GMT

Short-term storm clouds - but fair weather on the horizon for the health service's finances?

Democratic debate: Five key battles
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:00:48 GMT

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton fight over where the heart and head of the Democratic Party should be in their only one-on-one debate so far.

What next for Julian Assange?
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:50:40 GMT

A UN panel has concluded that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained". What does it mean for him and how did it come about?

VIDEO: Everton boss spotted dancing at concert
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:30:11 GMT

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is spotted dancing the night away at a concert in Manchester.

NZ minister hit by sex toy in protest
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:07:11 GMT

New Zealand's economic development minister Steven Joyce is hit by a flying sex toy at a Waitangi Day event in a protest over the TPP trade deal.

Man Utd hold talks with Mourinho
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:16:30 GMT

Manchester United have held talks with representatives of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Scotland Women 0-32 England Women
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:56:27 GMT

England begin their Women's Six Nations campaign with a comfortable win over Scotland in Cumbernauld.

Six Nations 2016 - the pundits' view
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:03:10 GMT

It's going to be tight - but according to our panel of rugby greats, there's only going to be one winner of the 2016 Six Nations.

The most intriguing Six Nations ever?
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:44:48 GMT

New coaches, exciting debutants and a sense of the unknown increase anticipation of the Six Nations that starts this weekend.

US economy adds 151,000 jobs in January
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:23:55 GMT

The US economy added 151,000 jobs in January, helping to push the country's unemployment rate down to 4.9%, official figures show.

'No UK crimes' by flash crash trader
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:12:30 GMT

Navinder Sarao, the "flash crash" trader, should not be extradited to the United States because the offences he is accused of were not crimes in the UK, his lawyers said.

Row erupts between EU exit campaigns
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:20:10 GMT

Labour MP Kate Hoey quits Vote Leave, amid an ongoing row between the two groups vying to be the official EU exit campaign.

Public sector pay-offs face curbs
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:45:57 GMT

The government is to look at further ways of capping public sector pay-offs to "rein in" sums paid to managers.

Bed-blocking 'costing NHS £900m a year'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:11:36 GMT

Delays in discharging patients out of hospitals in England is a "major problem", a report on how to save £5bn of NHS's annual budget by 2020 says.

MPs question value of Cancer Drugs Fund
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:08:33 GMT

A special NHS fund for cancer medicines in England needs to be managed more effectively, says a committee of MPs.

Private college loses border licence
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:44:35 GMT

Some 350 international students at a private London business college have been told they must leave the UK by the end of next month.

Academy chain 'failing too many pupils'
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:51:16 GMT

The biggest academy chain in England has been accused by Ofsted of "failing too many pupils", particularly poorer young people.

Google AI will play live Go match
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:01:44 GMT

Google has announced the next challenge for its AI software - to play a live-streamed Go match against the world champion.

Unofficially fixed iPhones 'disabled'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:16:31 GMT

The latest software update for iPhone 6 handsets is allegedly rendering the devices useless if it detects repairs not carried out by Apple.

'Wrong type of trees' boost warming
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:44:03 GMT

Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.

Bears hibernate 'with bacterial help'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:05:48 GMT

A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.

Zayn Malik debuts at number one
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:01:04 GMT

Zayn Malik's debut single, Pillowtalk, has gone straight to the top of the UK singles charts.

LeBlanc 'amazed' by Top Gear reaction
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:55:49 GMT

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc says he "can’t believe the response" to news he will co-host the new series of Top Gear, when the BBC show returns in May.

How unhealthy is three-and-a-half years indoors?
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:29:37 GMT

Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June 2012.

Why are Americans so angry?
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:43:38 GMT

Americans are generally known for having a positive outlook on life, but with the presidential election now well under way, polls show voters are angry. Why are they so cross?

Week in pictures
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:02:39 GMT

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world taken over the past week.

Winning photos from beautiful gardens
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:11:15 GMT

What is the most beautiful garden photo of the year?

The places where it's rather hard to get a bus
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:24:33 GMT

The places where you wait a very long time at a stop

Do e-cigarettes make it harder to stop smoking?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:28:44 GMT

Is it harder to stop smoking if you use e-cigarettes?

'You don't have to pay full price'
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:22:31 GMT

'I learned to be frugal after my dad left'

Hollywood tackles concussion head-on
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:28:21 GMT

New Will Smith movie tackles head injuries in sport

Russians sneak a peek at BBC's War and Peace
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:49:56 GMT

Russians sneak a peek at BBC's Tolstoy drama

'Armani Communist' divides China
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:45:34 GMT

China wonders if true Communists should wear luxury suits

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:40:06 GMT

Female orangutans are capable of murder, and more nuggets

Spared by the hitmen with principles
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:10:00 GMT

The woman who turned up to surprise her would-be killer

The real-life wars of Dad's Army actor
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:32:30 GMT

The Dad's Army star who fought in both world wars

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