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VIDEO: Tunisia voters proud to cast ballots

37 min 27 sec ago
Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.

South Korea cuts growth forecasts

37 min 30 sec ago
Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.

Pakistan arrests over school attack

1 hour 3 min ago
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.

Cairns murders: Court plea rejected

1 hour 14 min ago
A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court.

New York killer boasted to onlookers

1 hour 24 min ago
The gunman who shot dead two New York policemen told people "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the killings, police say.

Asia shares mixed in shortened week

1 hour 38 min ago
Asian markets traded mixed on Monday, although trading was thin at the start a working week shortened by the Christmas break.

Argentine town bans beauty contests

1 hour 58 min ago
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.

Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes

2 hours 12 min ago
Tim Burton on the art fraud that shocked America

Good Omens: How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book

2 hours 29 min ago
How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book

The mystery of Chopin's death

2 hours 35 min ago
His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers

VIDEO: How free are Confucius Institutes?

2 hours 38 min ago
A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.

Tunisia veteran claims election win

2 hours 46 min ago
Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won more than 55% of the vote

The hard side of China's soft power

3 hours 29 min ago
The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes

CBI says job creation likely in 2015

3 hours 47 min ago
Business lobby group the CBI says half of UK firms plan to expand their workforce next year, with more permanent jobs being created than temporary ones.

Indian Ocean tsunami: Emotional reunion in Aceh 10 years on

3 hours 48 min ago
BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on

NHS to start era of DNA-medicine

3 hours 49 min ago
The NHS is setting up 11 centres aimed at unlocking the secrets of DNA and developing drugs to target cancer and rare genetic diseases.

VIDEO: Indian Ocean tsunami: Aceh 10 years on

3 hours 49 min ago
Andrew Harding returns to Aceh 10 years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami struck to see how things have changed.

Driver attacks French pedestrians

4 hours 13 min ago
A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82

4 hours 30 min ago
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.

Argentine court grants rights to ape

4 hours 44 min ago
A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.