Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says a victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the war.
Italy's Renzi hands in resignation amid political turmoil
Italian PM Matteo Renzi hands his resignation, three days after losing a key referendum vote.
Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges
A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.
Iraq conflict: Air strikes on IS-held border town 'kill dozens'
More than 60 people are reportedly killed in air strikes on an IS-controlled town in western Iraq.
Trump 'selects ambassador to China'
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be the new US ambassador to China, according to US media.
First US Somali lawmaker gets 'Islamophobic threats' in taxi
The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to "hateful" anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver.
Brazil Senate head Renan Calheiros' suspension rejected
Brazil's Supreme Court overturns decision to suspend the Senate president, Renan Calheiros.
Pakistan International Airways crash leaves no survivors
All 48 people on board a Pakistan Airlines plane were killed when it crashed in the north.
Toronto boy planned attack on massacre anniversary - police
A Canadian teen is charged with planning to attack a school on the anniversary of a Montreal massacre.
Pope Francis condemns 'media disinformation'
Pope Francis condemns disinformation as "probably the greatest damage that the media can do".
UK MPs back government's Brexit timetable
MPs have voted to "respect" the government's timetable for triggering talks on leaving the EU.
Religious leaders push for Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig
Islamic leaders in Australia back a campaign to produce a "halal cartoon" alternative to Peppa Pig.
Syria rebels 'withdraw from Old City' of Aleppo
Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, while calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians
Hospitals struggling to cope with Mosul casualties
Orla Guerin reports from a hospital in Irbil that is struggling to cope with the number of casualties.
Siberia sky lit up by meteor
People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.
Mannequin challenge of gunfight misfires
A gunfight-themed mannequin challenge has resulted in two people being arrested.
100 Women 2016: Birthday cakes and candles for retired Russian cows
One Woman's quest to rescue Russia's aging cows.
Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase
Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase
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The journalists risking their lives to film in Aleppo
The journalists who risk their lives documenting Aleppo speak of the difficult choices they have to make.
Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year
US President-elect Donald Trump is named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016.
Girl's party invitation attracts 1.2m
More than a million people say they will attend a Mexican girl's party after the invitation goes viral.
Barbara Plett Usher: How China could tackle Trump
There are many ways China could respond to any further provocations from Donald Trump after his Taiwan call.
Fergal Keane: Yemen's human suffering
Hunger and disease stalk Yemenis with no end in sight as the war grinds on, writes Fergal Keane.
The top contenders to be France's president
Profiles of the leading candidates to become France's president in the election in April and May 2017.
Why is Bangalore stuck in traffic jams?
The hot topic of conversation in India's Bangalore city these days is the unending traffic jams.
How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade?
An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?
Fighting for Vietnam
Portraits of the female veterans who risked their lives for their country
The beauty of Britain
The finalists of the 2016 Through the Lens photography awards discuss their images of the British Isles.
Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme "Lines".
Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Living near the Arctic Circle
Photographer Ed Gold's images from the remote community of Galena in Alaska, USA.
Shane Sutton: Ex-British Cycling director lost Jess Varnish case over use of word 'bitches'
A letter obtained by BBC Sport shows British Cycling cleared Shane Sutton of eight of the nine allegations made by Jess Varnish.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 CSKA Moscow
Tottenham secure a place in the Europa League knockout stage as their Champions League campaign ends with a victory over CSKA Moscow.
World Cup finals format: Three-team groups & 48 finalists in Gianni Infantino plan
Future World Cup finals will feature 16 groups of three countries in a 48-team tournament, if Fifa president Gianni Infantino gets his wish.
FC Porto 5-0 Leicester City
Already qualified Leicester lose in their final Champions League group game as Porto thrash a much-changed XI to join the Foxes in the last 16.
Righting a wrong
Why Pakistan's Nobel Prize winning scientist Abdus Salam has been officially ignored for 30 years.
Nearly 20 years ago a valuable portrait by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a gallery in northern Italy, in bizarre circumstances. Finally, it may be about to be returned.
In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.
J Jayalalitha's sudden death has left a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu's politics.
At least 10 people who expected to spend the holidays by themselves won a free flight home.
Malta has become one of the most progressive countries on gay issues but bans abortion outright - why?
In Canada, some aboriginal communities embrace oil and gas development, rather than oppose such projects.
Air Force $
Military gear, special shielding and its own defence systems - Air Force One is two of a kind.
For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?
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The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
Ukraine's defence contracts are cloaked in secrecy and reformers complain of corruption, David Stern reports.
Parkinson's disease stopped 32-year-old Emma drawing and writing but a new invention is changing her life.
Trolls and triumph
Politics and social media has collided under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.
Broke this Christmas?
A radical solution to Xmas overspending, from blogger Emily Hedlund.
Smoke and mirrors
Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.
Back with a bang
Dancehall star Sean Paul on topping the charts, becoming a father and living next door to Usain Bolt.
‘Objectification is not a bad thing’
Former porn star turned Bollywood movie actor Sunny Leone tells Yogita Limaye that she's ok with her 'sexy' image and 'objectification' isn't a bad word.
The storyteller who spins tales in four languages
Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages.
How women are winning online campaigns
Women are more successful with online campaigns than men, according to petitions website Change.org. Why?
BBC 100 Women 2016: How to join our edit-a-thon
BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - join us
Why two rainbow-coloured lions have sparked a debate about LGBT rights in Hong Kong.