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BBC News - World

PM tells EU: 'Back me on migration'

David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants, saying he will "rule nothing out" if they fail.

Gaza floods prompt emergency status

After days of heavy rain, the UN declares a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war.

Pope in Turkey to boost faith ties

Pope Francis begins a trip to Turkey where he is expected to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight the plight of refugees in the Middle East.

Police attend 'Black Friday' crowds

Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for "Black Friday" offers.

Star Wars trailer set to be unveiled

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be unveiled later.

VIDEO: Dancing woman flouts Iranian rules

An online video which appears to show an Iranian woman defying Iran's strict laws by dancing publicly on the Tehran metro has gone viral.

Xinjiang to hire 3,000 ex-soldiers

The capital of China's restive region of Xinjiang will recruit 3,000 carefully vetted former soldiers as guards.

VIDEO: Anti-gay Russian gangs film wins award

As part of the Rory Peck Awards, the 2014 special Sony Impact Prize went to Ben Steele for his documentary which investigates the Russian vigilantes intimidating the country's gay community.

MPs suspended for heckling SA leader

South African opposition party leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs are suspended from parliament without pay for heckling the president.

Indian economic growth slows to 5.3%

The Indian economy grew at an annual pace of 5.3% in the three months to the end of September, down from 5.7% in the previous quarter.

Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

Crude oil prices continue to fall in the wake of the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.

Austria arrests 13 jihadi suspects

Police in Austria arrest 13 people suspected of radicalising young people and recruiting them to fight in Syria.

Newspaper retracts 'sex slaves' term

Japan's biggest paper retracts use of the term "sex slaves" for women who worked in World War Two army brothels, in a move likely to anger China and South Korea.

Hollande to visit Ebola-hit Guinea

French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

Kahlo's home recreated in New York

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio is to be recreated at the New York Botanical Garden next year.

Film studio boss Yablans dies at 79

Frank Yablans, who ran Hollywood's Paramount film studio in the 1970s, dies at the age of 79.

Eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%

The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%, suggesting that deflation remains a threat for the 18-nation bloc.

Italy suspends flu drug over deaths

Italy suspends the use of two batches of a flu vaccine made by Swiss firm Novartis after four people died within 48 hours of receiving the drug.

Thailand backs surrogacy trade ban

Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy following international outrage over the largely unregulated trade.

Lowest ever winter deaths recorded

The lowest ever number of winter deaths were recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.

Ebola test results 'in 15 minutes'

A rapid 15-minute blood test for Ebola which researchers say would increase the chances of survival from the virus, is to be trialled in Guinea.

VIDEO: Flash floods in the French Riviera

At least one person has died and three others are missing after torrential rain left homes and roads inundated on the French Riviera.

VIDEO: Tensions ease in protest-hit Ferguson

A level of calm has returned to Ferguson's streets following two nights of unrest.

Cricket has never been safer - Cook

England captain Alastair Cook says he feels safe despite Phillip Hughes's death and bouncers must not be outlawed.

VIDEO: #PutOutYourBats tributes to Hughes

Australians have been paying tribute to Phillip Hughes by putting their cricket bats outside their homes, as Phil Mercer reports.

VIDEO: Black Friday: Wal-Mart workers revolt

Black Friday has long been the most important day of the year for the US retail sector.

Safety inquiry after Hughes's death

Cricket Australia will hold an investigation into player safety following the death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes.

VIDEO: Planes tossed around in Brisbane storm

A huge clean-up operation is under way in the Australian city of Brisbane after it was hit by its worst storm in three decades.

India relaxes visas to boost tourism

Tourists from US, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan can now get visas on arrival in India after the country extended its limited scheme.

Huge clean-up after Brisbane storm

A huge clean-up is under way in Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland causing damage worth $A100m (£54m).

Namibia votes in first Africa e-poll

Namibians are voting to elect the country's new president and parliament - in what is the first electronic national election in Africa.

Canberra Christmas lights set record

A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.

'Weeping' Australia mourns Hughes

Australia is "weeping" at the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, says former opening batsman Michael Slater - as the country mourns.

VIDEO: Putin's tiger 'raids Chinese farms'

A Siberian tiger, released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has apparently been killing animals on a Chinese farm.

Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting

Crude oil prices slump in reaction to the decision by the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.

NZ murderer deported from Brazil

A New Zealand man serving a life sentence for child molestation and murder who escaped to Brazil has been deported to his home country.

Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul

Plan for new 'Islamic' cash fuels panic in IS-run Mosul

Abbott 'holding up' after Hughes death

Bowler Sean Abbott is 'holding up well' after batsman Phillip Hughes's death, despite fears he may not play cricket again.

Saving Kenya's babies born of incest

Saving Kenya's children born of incest from a death sentence

'I refuse to be my daughter's diary'

A mother's decision to leave Whatsapp chat group goes viral

Did Korea encourage sex work at US bases?

Did Korea encourage prostitutes near US military bases?

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green

Wal-Mart challenged on Black Friday

Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza

Social media told to simplify terms

A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.

Brazil legend Pele 'doing fine'

Brazil legend Pele says he is "doing fine" following treatment for a urinary infection at a Sao Paulo hospital.

VIDEO: Islamist online call for protests

Online Islamists call for Cairo street protests despite ban

Mexican president to overhaul police

Mexico's president announces plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.

Why a death in sport hits us so hard

Why are people so strongly affected by a death in sport?

Explosion in Nigeria 'kills dozens'

At least 25 people are killed in an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, close to the Cameroonian border, reports say.

Woman wins £337m in divorce case

The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.

Tensions ease in protest-hit Ferguson

A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.

Israel 'foils Jerusalem attacks'

Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.

Yemen raid missed Western hostages

US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.

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