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Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city

A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State forces about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says.

'Boko Haram' kill dozens in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 45 people in a raid on a remote village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses say.

Plane skids off New York runway

A passenger plane has skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport in New York City amid snowy conditions.

Argentina prosecutor 'was murdered'

Independent tests show that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was deliberately killed, his family says, ruling out accident or suicide.

Boston victim 'spotted bomber’

A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings told the court that he locked eyes with one of the bombers just before the attack.

Top US circus to end elephant act

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.

US envoy survives Korea knife attack

A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, with the North calling it a "knife shower of justice".

Facebook rant lands man in UAE jail

An American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US.

BBC Sports News

Sexist chanting needs reporting - FA

Fans are urged by the FA to report sexist abuse after evidence women officials and staff are being subjected to obscene chants.

Cisse & Evans charged with spitting

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans face possible six-game bans after being charged with spitting.

Alonso crash: The unanswered questions

The crash that has forced Fernando Alonso to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has still not been fully explained.

Murray 'unlikely' to play doubles

Andy Murray says he is "unlikely" to play doubles in Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against the United States in Glasgow.

Manor Marussia cleared for F1 start

Manor Marussia are cleared to compete at the opening race of the season after passing mandatory crash tests.

Warburton and Biggar fit for Wales

Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar are passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff.

BBC F1 coverage for the 2015 season

BBC Sport offers 10 F1 races broadcast live on television and extensive coverage across its digital and radio coverage.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week

1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Meningitis: 'No one should go through this pain'

The parents of a girl who lost part of her limbs after catching Meningitis B are supporting a campaign to speed up introduction of a vaccine against the disease.

VIDEO: Stepbrother charged with Becky murder

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

VIDEO: 'Nothing suspicious about my son'

The father of a Pakistani man who has been convicted in the US for plotting attacks in several countries says that there was "nothing suspicious" about his son.

VIDEO: Prince's warning about ivory trade

The Duke of Cambridge gives a speech warning over the risks to elephants from poaching and illegal trade.

VIDEO: Victim's family 'let down' by system

The family of a murder victim who overheard a judge saying victim statements made "no difference" to parole decisions say they have been "let down" after hearing their son's killers could be moved to open prisons.

VIDEO: 'I am against modern cult of fattism'

Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.

VIDEO: Binoche returns to London stage

She has won Oscars for her roles in The English Patient and Chocolat, but Juliette Binoche will next be seen next on the stage in a London production of Antigone.

VIDEO: Farage denies U-turn over migration

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has denied that he has made a U-turn on the party's key policy on immigration.