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US charges in beating of Indian man

Federal officials have charged a former Alabama police officer with violating the civil rights of an Indian man.

Alps crash co-pilot 'hid illness'

Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid details of an existing illness from his employers, German prosecutors say.

VIDEO: Yemen: Houthi heartlands targeted

A Saudi-led coalition has carried out further bombing raids against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, hitting their northern heartland.

US gives permit to rhino hunter

A man who won an auction to shoot an endangered black rhino in Namibia has been given a US permit to import the trophy if he kills one.

Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria 'retaken'

The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Dermot O'Leary leaves The X Factor

Presenter and broadcaster Dermot O'Leary will no longer host ITV's The X Factor after eight years on the programme.

Ukraine top official to be released

A senior Ukrainian official arrested two days ago at a televised cabinet meeting over corruption allegations is to be freed due to a lack of evidence.

Israel to resume tax transfers to PA

Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy.

British medic declared free of Ebola

A UK military medic has been discharged from hospital in London after being declared free of Ebola. Cpl Anna Cross was the first person in the world to be given the experimental drug MIL 77.

Bomb and gunfight hit Somali hotel

Militants storm a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a car bomb explodes killing at least seven people.

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day national lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, except for short windows to pray.

VIDEO: Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone

The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home

Singapore advises against Lee queues

Singapore urges people not to join the queue to view Lee Kuan Yew lying in state, while India declares a day of national mourning for the statesman.

Sex abuse 'cover-up' inquiry extended

Three new investigations into alleged corruption by the Metropolitan Police over claims of child abuse are to be managed by the police watchdog.

'Two people missing' after NYC blast

At least two people are missing after an explosion caused three Manhattan buildings to collapse, with fires still smouldering the morning after.

Duo ready for one year in space

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are about to undertake a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

Tate seeks rethink over 'looted' art

Tate Gallery says "new information" has emerged over a John Constable painting in its collection thought to have been stolen by the Nazis.

Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes

Yemen's foreign minister says a "short, sharp" air campaign is needed against Houthi rebels who forced the president to flee abroad.

Brazil's economy grew 0.1% in 2014

Brazil, the world's seventh largest economy, narrowly avoided contracting in 2014 with a growth rate of just 0.1% for the year.

Blackberry posts profit for quarter

Canadian mobile phone firm Blackberry posts better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings. but its revenues showed a larger-than-expected drop.

Pietersen could 'tear apart' England

Bringing back Kevin Pietersen could "tear apart the fabric" of the England team, says former Australia coach John Buchanan.

VIDEO: Brazil faces economic slowdown

Government stimulus measures dragged Brazil out of recession last year - but possibly not for long.

Work earlier in summer, says Japan PM

Japan's prime minister says people should start work earlier during summer months for a better work-life balance.

Renault considers quitting Formula 1

Renault is considering whether to buy a team and become a constructor again or pull out of F1 altogether.

Hamilton left 'heavily compromised'

Lewis Hamilton says his preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix have been "heavily compromised" by reliability problems.

Italy court to rule on Kercher death

Italy's top court is to rule whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher.

Flight chaos from Amsterdam power cut

Flights are diverted from Schiphol airport after a major power cut hits Amsterdam and surrounding areas in the northwest of the Netherlands.

Top Gear: Tymon 'won't press charges'

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer physically and verbally attacked by Jeremy Clarkson, tells police he does not want to press charges.

VIDEO: Rugby's popularity in Rwanda grows

Rugby is the fastest growing sport in Rwanda a country not usually synonymous with the discipline

VIDEO: BBC man gets personal with Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke is asked about enjoying 'tremendous sex' by a tongue-tied BBC Sport journalist.

Bangladesh pilgrims die in stampede

At least 10 Hindu pilgrims are killed in a stampede during a bathing ritual at a holy site in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, police say.

VIDEO: Eels journey from Bermuda and back

Millions of eels have been arriving in the south-west of England having travelled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda.

Japan economy at brink of deflation

Annual core consumer inflation in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, stopped rising for the first time in nearly two years in February.

The best thing about Nigeria is...

And nine other great things about Nigeria

Mexico missing students: Fear and distrust six months on

Tensions remain six months after Mexico students vanished

VIDEO: Ghana’s burgeoning tech start-ups

Inside the Ghanaian school for tech start-ups with big ambitions.

Elite hoard Angola's new-found wealth

The country where a watermelon costs 100 times more than a beer

Vladimir Putin's formative German years

The shock that left a young KGB officer in fear of people power

VIDEO: The life of a rare fruit collector

The life of a rare fruit collector

VIDEO: Would you buy a phone made of grass?

BBC News talks to designer Sean Miles of Design Works, who has moulded a phone from recycled parts and natural materials, including grass.

Argentine president's case dismissed

A court of appeals in Argentina has upheld a decision to throw out controversial allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Airlines change cockpit procedures

Airlines across the world have begun requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, in the wake of the French Alps crash.

China's 'magic bunny' goes viral

China's endangered Ili Pika goes viral

VIDEO: Meet Lesotho's award-winning chef

Ska Mirriam Moteane, renowned chef, cookbook author and entrepreneur in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho came to fame after winning the 2012 award for Gourmand Best African Cookbook in the World.

Dark matter flits through collisions

A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.

Shia militia 'in Tikrit pullback'

A US general says Iranian-backed Shia militia in Iraq are no longer leading the battle to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State.

US issues Uganda attack warning

The US embassy in Uganda warns that Westerners - including Americans - may be targeted for terror attacks in the capital, Kampala.

Nigeria rivals sign peace accord

Nigeria's two main presidential candidates sign an agreement to prevent violence in tightly contested elections due on Saturday.

Hamas rocket attacks 'war crimes'

Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militant groups during last summer's conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says.