Gambia's President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes
Yahya Jammeh refuses to step aside for Adama Barrow as regional troops remain poised at the border.
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Chelsea Manning decision: Obama says justice was served
The president defends his commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, at his final news conference.
Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked
Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.
Obama's advice to Trump: 'Reality has a way of biting back'
President Barack Obama has revealed his advice to Donald Trump in his final press conference.
Johnny Wright: The Instagram star who cuts Michelle Obama's hair
Throughout his time in the White House, Michelle Obama's personal hairdresser has become a flamboyant social media star.
Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey 'in first joint air strikes on IS'
Moscow says nine of its jets and eight of Turkey's pounded so-called Islamic State targets.
'Catastrophe' in central Italy on day of four big quakes
The president of Marche region appeals for aid as four strong quakes hit, with at least one dead.
CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online
Intelligence briefings, flying saucer sightings and psychic tests are all part of the archive.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird quits politics
Mike Baird, the leader of New South Wales, makes a surprise announcement he is standing down.
Primates facing 'extinction crisis'
Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.
Australia Day campaign raises A$100,000 to replace billboard
A campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard showing two girls in hijabs is "overwhelmed" with donations.
President Trump: What happens on inauguration day
Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday.
Aleppo ‘haunted by violence and death’
Jeremy Bowen reports from the ruins of eastern Aleppo where 40,000 people have returned home.
Donald Trump's inauguration: Why more and more Democrats are refusing to go
More than 50 House Democrats are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony amid a feud between the president-elect and civil rights activist John Lewis.
Primates 'sliding towards extinction', say scientists
A report says that 60% of the world's primate species are under threat of extinction.
Line of cyclists in Bangladesh sets Guinness World Record
Bangladesh cyclists set a world record for the longest single line of moving bikes.
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Man creates carousel on Helsinki lake
The 200-tonne ice carousel was created by Janne Kapylehto, using a chainsaw.
Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt grilled on oil company ties
Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has faced some tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.
Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols
Flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying are all common features of toilets in Japan.
Kim Kardashian will appear in the all-female Ocean's Eight
The all-female Ocean's Eight film adds two new cast members - Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
Helier Cheung: Hong Kong 20 years later
Hong Kong has spent 20 years under Chinese sovereignty. What's changed?
Ben Wright: Teetotal Trump and the drinking presidents
What the chief executive's relationship with alcohol reveals about the occupants of the White House.
Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?
Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency.
Sophie the Giraffe: How safe is it?
After mould is reportedly found in the popular children's toy - should parents be worried?
How often do planes fall on houses?
Plane crashes in residential areas are extremely rare, largely because of the skill of pilots in a crisis.
Is free trade good or bad?
Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.
In pictures: Prize pigeons
Photographs from inside a Turkish pigeon auction in Sanliurfa.
Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.
Africa's top shots: 7 - 13 January 2017
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Keeping the slopes open
Photographer John Vink captures the work behind the scenes keeping the ski slopes open at Saint Sorlin d'Arves in France.
Man Utd: Premier League club named world's leading revenue-generating club
Manchester United top the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time since 2003-04 after generating record revenue in the 2015-16 season.
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Liverpool
Lucas Leiva's first goal in seven years sends Liverpool into the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of League Two Plymouth.
Australian Open 2017: Johanna Konta reaches third round
Britain's Johanna Konta beats Naomi Osaka in straight sets to make the last 32 at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Pious vs secular
An attack on a Turkish nightclub revives a debate over whether the country's secular side is under threat.
The secret university
Iran's Bahai minority is forbidden from studying at university - but they have a way round it, at least until it comes to postgraduate degrees.
The BBC's Jonathan Head looks into why Thailand's roads are among the most lethal in the world.
When sparks fly
Korean Air is believed to be the only major airline that routinely carries Tasers on its planes.
Cobra fang club
A growing number of snake farms are being set up in Kenya to attract paying visitors and breed snakes for export to Europe and North America.
The meat killer
The vegan aiming to make the perfect meatless burger to please even "the hardcore meat lover".
Obama and Africa
As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa.
First round over
The BBC's Kevin Connolly gauges reaction in the European Parliament to the UK PM's Brexit pledges.
East to West
The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.
Off the rails
Did an ill-fated train journey really pull Serbia and Kosovo to the brink of conflict?
Shock of the nude
The BBC's Siobhann Tighe was unsure what to do when she boarded a bus and sat next to a man watching porn on his mobile phone. Here readers tell their own stories of porn in public.
Mud hut periods
BBC Nepali reporter Krishnamaya on that tradition that forces menstruating women into outhouses.
Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.
Awaiting the cut
The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.
In 1991, the world's largest refugee camp opened in Kenya to shelter Somalis fleeing war.
Incredible journey of Trump's mother
Donald Trump's mother Mary Anne MacLeod grew up on the Hebridean island of Lewis.
What time will Trump be president? A guide to the day
The world watches as Mr Trump is sworn in as the 45th US president on 20 January.
'Quit whining, liberals!'
The first of two animated opinion pieces for BBC Newsnight looking ahead to Donald Trump's presidency. Roger Kimball, art critic, social commentator and editor of The New Criterion, says the moral panic needs to stop.
Donald Trump presidency: How the world has already changed
The businessman's surprise win in the US election has already had a major impact on the world.