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Ethiopia 'terror plotters' jailed

January 16, 2015 - 5:08am
Two British citizens and a Somali man are jailed in Ethiopia for trying to establish an Islamic state, a radio affiliated to the government reports.

Keaton takes awards stage tumble

January 16, 2015 - 4:57am
Michael Keaton rounds off a successful awards day by falling off the stage at the Critics' Choice Awards after collecting a clutch of trophies.

VIDEO: John Kerry visits Charlie Hebdo office

January 16, 2015 - 4:38am
US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris to pay tribute to those killed in the attacks.

Japan's shares lead losses in Asia

January 16, 2015 - 4:28am
Shares in Japan reach a two-and-a-half month low, as the yen gains against the dollar.

Boxing great Ali back in hospital

January 16, 2015 - 4:15am
Former heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali is said to be in a stable condition after being readmitted to hospital.

Sam Smith leads Brits nominations

January 16, 2015 - 4:13am
Pop star Sam Smith gets five nominations at the 2015 Brit awards, closely followed by Ed Sheeran and George Ezra, who have four each.

Delayed US execution goes ahead

January 16, 2015 - 4:06am
The US state of Oklahoma executes the first death row inmate since a botched lethal injection last year drew intense criticism.

VIDEO: The mystery of the missing space probe

January 16, 2015 - 3:12am
The UK Space Agency is to provide an update on the Beagle 2 space probe, which went missing on Christmas Day in 2003 and has not been heard of since.

Search after Yangtze boat capsizes

January 16, 2015 - 2:54am
About 25 people are missing after a tug boat capsized while carrying out testing on the Yangtze river in Jiangsu, China, state media report.

VIDEO: 'Star Wars costume saved my life'

January 16, 2015 - 2:44am
An Australian man dressed in a Star Wars costume says that his armour saved him from a venomous snakebite.

BP spill ruled smaller than feared

January 16, 2015 - 2:28am
BP faces a fine of up to $13.7bn (£9bn) after a US judge ruled that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was smaller than initially feared.

Belgium on alert after deadly raid

January 16, 2015 - 2:26am
Belgium is on its second-highest alert - a day after two suspected jihadists were killed in a major anti-terror raid in the east of the country.

India censor resigns after film row

January 16, 2015 - 2:12am
India's censor board chief resigns after reports that a controversial film rejected by her panel is cleared by an appeals body.

China investigating spy chief Ma Jian

January 16, 2015 - 1:50am
China confirms it is investigating a powerful intelligence chief, Ma Jian, for corruption, as President Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.

VIDEO: 'One of the biggest threats we face'

January 16, 2015 - 12:58am
Cyber attacks are one of the "biggest modern threats" we face, David Cameron tells the BBC's Nick Robinson.

VIDEO: Cuban cigars allowed in the US

January 16, 2015 - 12:44am
Americans will be able to bring home small numbers of Cuban cigars after a ban of more than 50 years

VIDEO: Pope Francis greets worshippers

January 16, 2015 - 12:38am
Pope Francis has started his official visit to the Philippines with a rousing welcoming ceremony in the capital, Manila.

£1bn spent 'to meet UK's aid target'

January 16, 2015 - 12:37am
At least £1bn more than expected was spent on overseas aid in two months to meet the UK's spending target, a watchdog's report says.

Italian aid worker hostages freed

January 16, 2015 - 12:28am
Two young Italian aid workers who had been taken hostage in northern Syria last year arrive safely home following their release.

VIDEO: US-Cuba: 'Historic moment for Cuba'

January 15, 2015 - 11:34pm
The United States government has announced that new measures to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba will come into effect on Friday.