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BBC News - World

MH370 search 'may be scaled back'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that massive search for missing flight MH370 and its 239 passengers may have to be scaled back.

China premier unveils economic goals

China's Premier Li Keqiang unveils a lower growth target and vows tighter environmental controls as he opens parliament's annual session.

China sets 2015 growth target at 7%

China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.

US museum group bans selfie stick

The Smithsonian museum group in Washington DC has banned the fashionable photography aid, the selfie stick, to "protect visitors" in crowded conditions.

US envoy to S Korea in knife attack

US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is injured when a man slashes him with a knife in the capital, Seoul.

Further child benefit cap considered

The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children, a move which could save £300m a year in the long term, BBC Newsnight learns.

VIDEO: Is the US justice system racist?

Fifty years on from the march from Selma to Montgomery, civil rights activists maintain that many issues of equality remain unresolved.

'Wholesale change' urged in Ferguson

US Attorney General Eric Holder calls on police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, to take immediate action after finding widespread racial bias.

VIDEO: Chinese 'maternity tourism' to US

Many Chinese women are travelling to the US to give birth, a phenomenon known as maternity tourism.

Ethiopian cinema focuses on prostitution

Director tackles social issues in Ethiopia without shame

Is Venezuela losing faith in president?

Party faithful start to question Venezuela's president

The campaign to rename Selma bridge

Why does famous Selma bridge bear name of a KKK leader?

Leader of Mexico's Zetas cartel held

Omar Trevino Morales, the leader of Mexico's Zetas drugs cartel and one of the country's most wanted men, has been captured, security officials say.

Cameron: I'll only do one TV debate

David Cameron says he will take part in only one TV debate ahead of the general election featuring seven party leaders, amid a growing row over the issue.

The online joke is on Islamic State

Do online parodies hurt or harm the extremists?

Clinton email subpoenaed by Congress

The Congressional committee investigating the 2012 US Benghazi embassy attack subpoenas former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's emails.

'I, Russian Occupier': The hit propaganda film

Why Russian imperialism is good - according to a viral video

Evans & Cisse 'must get spit bans'

Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse should face bans for spitting, say BBC Sport pundits.

Why has the Nobel Peace Prize chairman been demoted?

What lies behind Nobel Peace chairman's demotion?

How Iran's feminist genie escaped

How Iran's revolution let a feminist genie out of its bottle

Wind turbines take to the skies

Is wind power coming of age with new turbines?

Australia announces Eurovision singer

Former Australian Idol winner and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian will be Australia's first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Argentine president case challenged

An Argentine prosecutor appeals against last week's decision to throw out controversial allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona (2-6 agg)

Barcelona will meet Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after sealing a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal.

Thursday's gossip column

Falcao made to wait on future, Simeone wants Man City job, Danilo to reject Man Utd, plus more.

VIDEO: Surveillance footage of Abid Naseer

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been convicted for plotting attacks in several countries.

Fraud office probes Bank auctions

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the financial crisis, the bank says.

Dozens feared dead in Ukraine mine

At least 30 miners are feared dead in a suspected methane gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Mine survivor speaks of horror

Some 33 miners are feared dead in a suspected methane gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine.

Boston bombing lawyer: 'It was him'

Defence lawyers in the trial of one of the men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 admit he carried out the attack but say he was coerced.

In pictures: Nepal plane accident

Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway at Nepal airport

Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop offers prisoner swap in last-ditch attempt to save two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.

Tracey Ullman returns in BBC comedy

Tracey Ullman is to return to the BBC with her own comedy series, some 30 years after she was a regular face on British TV.

Oligarch given North Sea deadline

Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.

VIDEO: Cape Town wildfires from above

More than 100 South African firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town.

UK bomb plot suspect found guilty

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been found guilty of plotting bomb attacks in several countries.

VIDEO: Jawbone 'clue to first humans'

A jawbone, thought to belong to one of the world's very first humans, has been found in Ethiopia.

Blast 'hits Aleppo intelligence HQ'

Dozens of Syrian security personnel and rebels have been killed in an attack on an intelligence facility in the city of Aleppo, activists say.

US high court divided over Obamacare

The US Supreme Court appears sharply divided over a healthcare law challenge that could threaten health insurance for eight million Americans.

Lesotho opposition forms government

Five opposition parties in Lesotho form a coalition government after snap elections, called after a failed coup, did not produce an outright winner.

Mugabe sued over party sackings

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is sued for wrongful dismissal by two former allies, accused of supporting an assassination attempt against him.

India vows rapist interview inquiry

India's home minister promises an inquiry into how a TV crew was allowed to interview a death-row prisoner convicted over the Delhi 2012 gang rape and murder.

Kerry to meet Gulf leaders in Riyadh

US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Gulf leaders in Riyadh to address their concerns over a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

Kenyans charged over contract scam

Seven ex-government officials in Kenya are charged in connection with the multimillion-dollar Anglo Leasing corruption scam that came to light in 2004.

WW2 'Japan battleship wreck found'

US billionaire Paul Allen announces he has discovered the famous WW2 Japanese battleship, Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk.

Putin urges end to political murders

Russian President Vladimir Putin demands an end to "shameful" political killings in Russia, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Iraq in bid to encircle IS in Tikrit

Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen are seeking to surround Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, on the third day of an operation to retake the city.

France seeks 1982 attack arrests

A judge in France issues arrest warrants for three people suspected of being behind a 1982 attack on a Jewish restaurant in Rue des Rosiers in Paris.

Alabama halts gay wedding licences

Alabama's Supreme Court orders its judges to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite a federal ruling saying a ban is unconstitutional.

Blurred Lines track made $16m profit

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams made more than $5m (£3.26m) each from 2013 hit Blurred Lines, according to figures revealed during a copyright trial.

Colombia stops Chinese arms ship

The Colombian authorities arrest the captain of a Chinese ship on its way to Cuba after finding undeclared gunpowder and cannon shells aboard.

VIDEO: Plane left nose-down on Nepal runway

A group of airline passengers in Nepal had a lucky escape after their plane skidded off a runway in dense fog.

Royal hoax station committed crime

A radio station broke the law by broadcasting a hoax call with a nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court rules.

VIDEO: The world's most expensive SUV

Who would buy a car like this? The BBC interviews the man behind the million dollar Dartz Prombron.