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Actress Geraldine McEwan dies

Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on ITV, has died aged 82, her family says.

Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally

Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece.

Whitney's daughter 'found in bath'

Bobbi Kristina Brown. daughter of late American singer Whitney Houston, is found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Georgia, US police say.

VIDEO: NASA launch to study soil moisture

NASA has launched an Earth-observing satellite, which will measure the amount of moisture in soil.

Congo 2-4 DR Congo

DR Congo fight back from two goals down to beat neighbours Congo and reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Real Madrid 4-1 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid stretch their lead at the top of La Liga as they come from behind to beat David Moyes' Real Sociedad.

Bangladesh factory fire kills 13

At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, officials say.

Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City

Manchester United easily beat bottom side Leicester to move up to third place in the Premier League table.

Egypt leader warns of 'long battle'

Egypt faces a long and difficult battle with militants, the country's president says, in his first remarks since a deadly attack in the Sinai region.

Abbott suffers Queensland poll blow

Australian PM Tony Abbott's coalition seems to be heading for a dramatic defeat in elections in the north-eastern state of Queensland.

Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship

The government of Bahrain revokes the nationalities of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported.

Tasers 'needed for all police'

All front-line police officers should be offered a Taser to protect them against the increased terrorism threat, the head of the Police Federation says.

Balloonists complete Pacific journey

Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their crossing of the Pacific with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.

VIDEO: Dutch reporters film 'gunman' incident

Police in the Netherlands say a man who forced his way into a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS with a fake gun has no known links to terrorist organisations.

'Dozens killed' in Ukraine fighting

At least 40 people, including soldiers and civiliains, are reported to have died in eastern Ukraine as ceasefire talks begin in the capital of Belarus.

Blaze wrecks Moscow public library

A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building.

Funerals for Pakistan mosque victims

Funerals take place in Pakistan for the victims of a suicide attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers which killed at least 60 people.

Merkel rules out Greek debt relief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

'Lance should get back Tour titles'

Lance Armstrong should get back his seven Tour de France titles, according to former rider Scott Mercier.

VIDEO: Guitar 'that changed world' up for auction

A pioneering Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, the Black Beauty, is to be auctioned in New York in February.

Italy MPs elect judge as president

Italy's parliament elects judge Sergio Mattarella as the country's president, on a third day of voting for the largely ceremonial post.

German ex-President Weizsaecker dies

German former President Richard von Weizsaecker, whose two terms in office spanned reunification, dies at the age of 94.

VIDEO: Helicopter rescue for trapped dog

Firefighters in Los Angeles have carried out a dramatic rescue of a dog trapped in a river.

Louis Armstrong Desert Discs online

Louis Armstrong's personal copy of his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs is among the recordings to be added to the show's online archive.

Rediscovered pictures from Spanish Civil War

New museum reveals trove of pictures from Spanish Civil War

Venezuela 'US reporter' ad dropped

Venezuelan TV withdraws a tourism advert which features an image of a US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections.

VIDEO: Floods and mudslides hit Peruvian Amazon

Large parts of the Peruvian Amazon are under water after torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks, affecting more than 3,000 families

Crossing the border to attend US schools

Waking up in Mexico and heading for classes in Texas

DNA tests for babies in Mexico blast

Nine babies who survived a gas explosion at a Mexican hospital are given DNA testing so they can be reunited with their parents.

Venezuela issues new protest rules

New regulations are published in Venezuela allowing soldiers to open fire if they feel their lives are at risk during demonstrations.

10 things we didn't know last week

Who smiles more - Dutch babies or US babies?

The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais

Why people who once had good jobs are living in despair

IS 'chemical weapons expert killed'

A chemical weapons expert working with Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in a coalition air strike, the US military says.

VIDEO: What not to say in an obituary

Australian writer's mean obituary sparks online fightback

VIDEO: Awaiting return to war-torn Kobane

Days after Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants from Kobane in northern Syria, people who fled the town are now waiting to return.

Islamic State eyes al-Qaeda lands

Islamic State forges links with militants across Muslim world

VIDEO: US record producer hands himself in

Suge Knight, the man behind the Death Row Records label, has been arrested on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck.

Canadian PM seeks wider terror laws

Encouraging terror attacks against Canada will become a crime under legislation proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea

A Russian contract for building a $3bn bridge to Crimea goes to a firm controlled by a close friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions.

Tamil becomes Sri Lanka's top judge

Sri Lanka's president appoints a Tamil judge as the new chief justice - the first member of the country's minority community to hold the post in decades.

SA apartheid assassin given parole

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists.

VIDEO: Ritual child killings in Ivory Coast

Police in Ivory Coast have set up a special unit to investigate a series of suspected ritual child killings.

Romney won't run in 2016 election

Mitt Romney, the Republican beaten by President Obama in the US 2012 election, has decided he will not run for president again.

Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner

Qatar Airways announces a surprise investment in International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia.

VIDEO: NFL's season's heroes and villains

NFL's crazy season - crimes, catches and championships

Week in pictures: 24-30 January 2015

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world

US growth slows in fourth quarter

The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter.

Curfew in Kirkuk amid IS attacks

A curfew is imposed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants.

President Correa's troll warfare

The president who names and shames online abusers

Russia cuts interest rates to 15%

Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising".

Suge Knight held over LA death

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles.

Conductor dies after stage collapse

Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland.

Eurozone deflation gathers pace

Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.

Robbie Coltrane taken ill on flight

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is admitted to hospital in Florida with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a flight from London.