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BBC News - World

Banker ruled fit for HK murder trial

British banker Rurik Jutting is ruled fit to stand trial for the murder of two women in Hong Kong, after undergoing psychiatric assessments.

Asia shares higher on China rate cut

Asian stock markets traded higher as investors cheer an interest rate cut in China and the European Central Bank's vow to fight deflation.

UK fighters in Syria 'not mercenaries'

A British man fighting with Kurdish troops against Islamic State militants in Syria tells the BBC he is not a mercenary.

Business confidence at five-year low

Global business confidence slipped to five-year low in October, according to a survey of 6,100 companies from Markit Economics.

Ebola trials 'best chance' for cure

Hopes pinned on Ebola clinical trials in Guinea

Mother of baby left in drain charged

Police charge a 30-year-old woman with attempted murder after she abandoned her newborn baby boy in a drain in western Sydney.

US police kill boy carrying fake gun

Police in the US city of Cleveland shoot and kill a 12-year-old boy who had been waving what turned out to be a fake gun.

French fight for economic reputation

French come out fighting for their economic reputation

MH17 wreckage leaves rebel Ukraine

Debris from the Malaysia's Flight MH17 arrives from rebel-held areas near the crash site in east Ukraine to the government-held city of Kharkiv.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence

Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.

Egypt: The forbidden love of interfaith romances

The dangers faced by interfaith Egyptian couples

VIDEO: What makes the Chinese laugh?

Why one Irish-American comedian is trying stand-up in Beijing

Volleyball woman out of Iran prison

British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran, is freed on bail, her family says.

Farc warning on release of general

Colombia's Farc rebels warn that military operations where they are holding captured general, Ruben Alzate, may jeopardise his release.

Obama praise for 'President Clinton'

Hillary Clinton would be a "great president" if she decided to run for the White House in 2016, President Barack Obama says.

Clarke named in Australia squad

Captain Michael Clarke is named in the Australia squad for the first Test against India, subject to proving his fitness.

VIDEO: Cyclists find baby in Sydney drain

A newborn baby boy is found abandoned in a drain in Sydney, Australia, by passing cyclists, police say.

Powers ponder Iran talks extension

World powers trying to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme consider extending the talks, as Monday's deadline for an agreement looms.

Price wars lead to food firms closing

A supermarket price war is behind a sharp rise in the number of firms involved in food production folding, new research claims.

Tunisia in landmark presidency poll

Polls close after Tunisia's first presidential election since the Arab Spring, with two frontrunners claiming a narrow victory with a run-off likely.

Born in Indonesia, murdered in Hong Kong

One woman's journey from a village to death in the big city

Kenya 'kills 100 Shabab militants'

The Kenyan military has killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants linked to a deadly attack on a bus, Kenya's deputy president says.

Second title 'means more than first'

Lewis Hamilton says his second world title feels more important to him than the first he won with McLaren in 2008.

New computer spying bug discovered

Computer security firm Symantec discovers what it says is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen.

VIDEO: Nigeria: 'Horrific attack' on traders

Islamist militants from Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 fish traders in north eastern Nigeria.

I take all the blame - Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he takes full responsibility for his side's third straight Premier League defeat.

Federer seals Davis Cup for Swiss

Roger Federer beats Richard Gasquet to seal Switzerland's first Davis Cup triumph, then dedicates the victory to his team.

VIDEO: 'Feeling of optimism' in Tunisia

Tunisians are voting in the country's first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring"

Bomber 'kills 45' at Afghan match

A suicide bomber in east Afghanistan kills at least 45 people at a volleyball match, as Afghan MPs approve security deals with Nato and the US.

New web data powers plan for police

A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

Australia top ODI rankings after win

Australia beat South Africa by two wickets to win the one-day international series 4-1 and go top of the world rankings.

'Boko Haram' kills Nigeria fishermen

Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram kill 48 fishermen in an attack near the border with Chad, reports from the area say.

Cosby defends rape claims silence

US entertainer Bill Cosby defends his silence over allegations of sexual assault, describing accusations he drugged and raped women as "innuendo".

Thai king quashes health concerns

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand attends a ceremony to confirm two government ministers in Bangkok, quashing speculation about his health.

Blind Massage in Golden Horse sweep

Chinese-French film Blind Massage picks up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards.

204 left, 40 right, 8 headers, 1 other: Messi's record

Messi record: 204 left, 40 right, 8 headers, 1 other

Palestinian man shot dead in Gaza

A Palestinian man in Gaza is shot and killed by Israeli troops, local health officials say, the first such death since a 50-day summer conflict.

VIDEO: Iraq village caught between two sides

The war in Iraq is pitting neighbour against neighbour, and for those who do not want to choose sides life can be even more dangerous.

VIDEO: Militants claim Kenya bus attack

Responsibility for a fatal attack on a bus in northern Kenya is claimed by gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies

Marion Barry, a four-term Democratic mayor of Washington DC mayor who won re-election after a drug arrest, dies at 78.

VIDEO: Preparing for floods after US snowfall

Snowfall in the north-east of the US has subsided, forecasters say, but there are now warnings of flooding as the snow melts.

VIDEO: Travelling through the Ebola heartland

The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar has been on a trip across two West African nations affected by Ebola to see how the authorities are dealing with the virus.

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

Jerusalem's 800-year-old Indian hospice

The retreat that has hosted Indian pilgrims since the Crusades

Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson

The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.

VIDEO: Sold and beaten: India's slave brides

Andrew North investigates the practice of bride trafficking in India.

Albania opens huge Cold War bunker

A secret five-storey bunker that Albania's communist regime built in the 1970s to survive a nuclear bomb opens to the public for the first time.

'Hitler' painting fetches $161,000

A watercolour thought to be painted by Adolf Hitler sells at an auction in Nuremberg, Germany, for 130,000 euros (£103,000; $161,000).

Mexico vows action on rule of law

Mexico's government vows to take action on the rule of law and restore credibility in institutions, after the disappearance of 43 students.

Obama defends immigration reform

US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.

Aereo files for bankruptcy protection

Aereo, the TV streaming upstart meant to take on US cable firms, files for bankruptcy protection after a Supreme Court decision threw the company's legality into doubt.

O'Keeffe work sets female art record

A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.

VIDEO: Ferguson decision: A timeline of events

How unrest in Ferguson put the US on edge