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.
Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 45 people in a raid on a remote village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses say.
A passenger plane has skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport in New York City amid snowy conditions.
Independent tests show that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was deliberately killed, his family says, ruling out accident or suicide.
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.
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.
A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, with the North calling it a "knife shower of justice".
An American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US.
Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.
Israel's prime minister warns the people of Iran that the nuclear deal being negotiated by their government and world powers is "very bad" for them.
Four people, including the victim's husband, are sentenced to death in Tanzania after being found guilty of murdering an albino woman.
Fierce clashes are reported in the Syrian city of Aleppo, near an intelligence facility attacked on Wednesday, as a barrel bomb attack kills 18.
Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm claiming their granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trademark.
An "exceptional" tomb from the 5th Century BC likely to be that of a Celtic prince is unearthed on the outskirts of Lavau in France's Champagne region.
The man who dug a tunnel under Toronto and caused a media frenzy says the man cave was merely his "dream" hang out spot.
Hillary Clinton responds to a growing controversy over her emails when she was a US secretary of state by urging officials to release them swiftly.
Brazil's central bank lifts interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% in an attempt to restrain inflation.
Bolivia's former drug car Gen Oscar Nina is arrested on suspicion of having links to drug trafficking, Bolivian officials announce.
Burkina Faso orders the remains of Thomas Sankara, the iconic ex-president killed in a 1987 coup, to be exhumed for formal identification.
Three popular Kenyan TV channels are due to return to air, ending a three-week protest in which they turned off their digital signals.
India's home minister says action will be taken after the BBC aired a documentary in the UK featuring an interview with a convicted rapist.
Police in Myanmar break up a demonstration against new education legislation, arresting eight.
Nato's deputy chief says Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the deaths of "large numbers" of Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko says she has agreed to end her 83-day hunger strike and follow doctors' advice to eat chicken broth.
Egypt's government removes controversial Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim after mounting calls for him to go over protester crackdowns.
The US will keep an eye on "destabilising" acts by Iran despite moves towards a nuclear deal, John Kerry says on a visit to Saudi Arabia.
David Cameron denies claims he is running scared from a head-to-head TV debate with Ed Miliband, as the BBC Trust rejects the DUP's appeal to be included.
A chemistry teacher from Manchester who was planning to travel to Syria "to fight jihad" is jailed for six years.
China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.
The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.
The world's biggest restaurant chain, McDonald's, is to phase out the use of chicken injected with antibiotics important to human medicine.
Fans are urged to report sexist abuse after footage emerges of women officials and staff being subjected to obscene chants.
Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse are charged with spitting by the Football Association.
Manor Marussia are cleared to compete at the opening race of the season after passing mandatory crash tests.
Pharrell Williams denies copying Marvin Gaye's Got to Give It Up for the hit single Blurred Lines, but says he may have been "channelling... that late-70s feeling".
Country star Shania Twain will play 48 dates across the US and Canada, kicking off in June, in what she says will be her "last" tour.
Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars and Bad Neighbours lead this year's MTV Movie Award nominations.
India is one of the world's leading tea producers, but there are concerns about the welfare of hundreds of thousands of tea workers.
One of the biggest circus companies in the United States has said it will stop using elephants in its shows by 2018.
A video showing children singing about guns, women and violence caused a huge controversy on French social media.
Film-maker Leslee Udwin has described the authorities' banning of her documentary in India as 'misguided' and warns that it 'will muzzle free speech'.
The leader of the Zetas drugs cartel, notorious for its violence, has been arrested in Mexico by security forces.
The US ambassador to South Korea was attacked in Seoul by a man who slashed him with a knife.
The BBC's Lyse Doucet has been speaking to the UN's envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura
The World Resources Institute warn that the number of people affected by river flooding around the world could almost triple over the next 15 years.
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Mexico basks in the capture of two top drug lords
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Fans are urged by the FA to report sexist abuse after evidence women officials and staff are being subjected to obscene chants.
Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans face possible six-game bans after being charged with spitting.
The crash that has forced Fernando Alonso to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has still not been fully explained.
Andy Murray says he is "unlikely" to play doubles in Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against the United States in Glasgow.
Manor Marussia are cleared to compete at the opening race of the season after passing mandatory crash tests.
Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar are passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff.
BBC Sport offers 10 F1 races broadcast live on television and extensive coverage across its digital and radio coverage.
Luis Suarez is set to make a Liverpool return for the first time since leaving last July by appearing in a charity match.
Sauber test driver Giedo van der Garde takes legal action against the Swiss team over alleged race-seat u-turn.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is charged by the FA with improper conduct following the match against Hull City on Tuesday.
Scotland's chances of progressing in the World Cup are dashed by Bangladesh, despite Kyle Coetzer's record-breaking innings.
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez begins his comeback from a 162-game doping ban in a spring training contest.
The last race of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival is renamed to honour retiring 19-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy.
Tony Smith becomes Super League's longest-serving head coach as he enters his seventh year in charge at Warrington.
Ulster's Luke Marshall gets a five-week ban for kicking an opponent during the win over Scarlets, while Roger Wilson is suspended for one week.
Queensland Reds full-back Karmichael Hunt is banned for six weeks by the Australian Rugby Union for cocaine possession.
Britain's Nick Matthew beats world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy 11-7 11-2 11-7 in the Windy City Open final.
Skier Millie Knight wants to 'step up' in the absence of champion team-mate Kelly Gallagher at the World Championships.
Watch some of the greatest moments from previous European Indoor Championships before the 2015 competition.
BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan looks ahead to the new season whilst standing on top of a mountain during his ski-ing holiday.
BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts and figures from the Cricket World Cup as Scotland fall to a six wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in Nelson, New Zealand
Swansea manager Garry Monk says Bafetimbi Gomis is "fine" after the striker fainted during his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Tottenham.
BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts and figures from the Cricket World Cup as Australia break several records in their 275-run victory over Afghanistan in Perth.
Wigan Warriors scrum-half Matty Smith and Huddersfield Giants prop preview round four of the season on BBC's Super League Show.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she is "ready" for the European Indoor Championships and is seeking a first major title.
England open their Cyprus Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-1 Group B win against Finland.
Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee says he is looking to "hit the World Series running", starting at this weekend's opening meet in Abu Dhabi.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says their 1-0 victory at West Ham is "massive" for his title-chasing side.
Britain's Nick Matthew beats Mohamed Elshorbagy 11-7 11-2 11-7 in the final of the Windy City Open, his 32nd career PSA World Tour title.
A superb behind-the-back pass from Rangi Chase sets up Salford's Josh Griffin to score in the Super League Show's Try of the Week.
Andy Murray expects a "great" atmosphere for Great Britain's Davis Cup match with the United States in Glasgow.
Three women who have officiated in men's snooker, rugby and football share their experiences with BBC Sport.
Former world number one Andre Agassi believes Andy Murray is a real contender to win the grand slam as his "skill set on the court is unique".
Scotland batsman Kyle Coetzer says it was "nice to show the world what we're capable of" following their defeat to Bangladesh.
World and Olympic lightweight champion Katie Taylor aims to keep improving in the run-up to the inaugural European Games.
BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts and figures from the Cricket World Cup as South Africa rack up the runs in beating Ireland.
Spot-fixing, banned bowlers and never playing at home - Misbah-ul-Haq on the curious life of a Pakistan skipper.
The Olympics are meant to unite... try telling that to Britain's football officials as a row over a Team GB at Rio 2016 looms.
Three female sports officials share their experiences about rising to the top in men's football, rugby and snooker.
As Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans appear to spit at each other, BBC Sport grades on-field sins, from dives to leg-breakers.
GB will send its largest overseas contingent since 2008 Olympics - so what are the European Games and what's at stake?
Commentaries of all 28 races at the Cheltenham Festival from 10-13 March will be on BBC Radio - with 18 hours of live coverage.
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Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua says he will not stop his backflip goal celebration despite injury concerns.
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Circa Waves in the midweek Premier League predictions.
A Commonwealth Games gold medal stolen from the home of former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton is found.
Britain's Paul Butler is confident of becoming a two-weight world champion when he fights Zolani Tete on Friday.
Kyle Coetzer says Scotland "showed the world what we're capable of" despite their 12th straight World Cup defeat.
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali's team could still be fighting for their future in summer, the BBC understands.
Former Paralympic swimmer Rhiannon Henry marks her switch to Para-triathlon with victory in her first major race.
Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has his disqualification from the club extended to the end of the season.
BBC Sport looks back at some of Formula 1's most spectacular opening races as the start of the 2014 season approaches.
World number one Rory McIlroy says missing the cut at the Honda Classic made him realise what he needed to work on.
Three-time champion flat jockey Richard Hughes announces he will retire at the end of the 2015 season to become a trainer.
The Scottish FA is firmly against the idea of Great Britain football teams competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Hull FC name Steve Michaels in their squad to face Leeds just days after a warrant was issued for his arrest in Australia.
Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson believes he is in thoughts of England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
Ladies' champion Reanne Evans accepts an invitation to take on the men in qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.
Michael Phelps may be allowed to compete at swimming's World Championships in Russia after originally being banned.
Andy Murray relishes playing in Scotland for the first time in four years as Great Britain face the US in the Davis Cup.
BBC Sport will have live coverage of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships from Germany.
Lancashire sign Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the new season.
Chief executive Derek Llambias challenges Dave King to reveal who Rangers' nominated advisor to the stock exchange will be.
Swansea defender Neil Taylor says Bafetimbi Gomis' fainting incident at Tottenham shocked players but praises medical staff.
Ireland trounce Trinidad and Tobago 12-2 in the quarter-finals of the World League 2 tournament in San Diego.
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.
Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.
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.
The Duke of Cambridge gives a speech warning over the risks to elephants from poaching and illegal trade.
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.
Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.
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.
The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has denied that he has made a U-turn on the party's key policy on immigration.
Speaking of Trident, David Cameron said his party would "make sure it was properly renewed" in the next Parliament.
MPs and peers might have to leave the Palace of Westminster within 20 years, if repairs and modernisation work are not carried out.
The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is "almost a dream".
Phoenix Nights comedian Ted Robbins said he is "eternally grateful" to the medical staff who treated him when he collapsed on stage.
A century after battering enemy positions in World War One, one of the surviving British ships from the Gallipoli campaign, the HMS M33, is being given a new lease of life.
A recording has emerged in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi denied being an extremist and complained about UK security services.
The relatives of three British men who say they were arrested while plane spotting in Dubai have spoken to BBC Breakfast.
An agent who infiltrated al-Qaeda on behalf of British intelligence has spoken to the BBC for the first time, the BBC's Gordon Corera reports.
Prince William has been practicing his sports diplomacy skills on the second day of his trip to China.
'Ayesha', not her real name, was once a radical Muslim who found the lifestyle, initially, "glamorous" and attractive.
Mark Simpson explains how a tiger skin owned by an Indian maharaja ended up in an east Belfast bungalow
West Bromwich Albion's oldest fan says he is overwhelmed after being invited for a day out at the Hawthorns.
A report into the sexual exploitation of girls and young women in Oxfordshire says the authorities made "many errors" and could have acted sooner.
Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Becky Watts say they have found body parts at a house in Bristol.
A "lethal mix" of failures at a Cumbrian hospital has led to the unnecessary deaths of 11 babies and one mother, an investigation has ruled.
A recording has emerged of the Islamic State militant, Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, talking about being interrogated by MI5 officers.
Hollywood actor Michael Sheen gives his view on the key concerns for people in Wales following the publication of a new report.
The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.
The portrait of the Queen on the nation's coins has altered for the first time in 17 years - with a new picture of her Majesty unveiled on Monday morning, the BBC's Victoria Fritz reports.
The mother of the British Jihadi Mohammed Emwazi has told authorities in Kuwait that she recognised her son's voice immediately last summer in Islamic State videos.
Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.
Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service is increasingly busy because patients cannot get an appointment with GPs at local surgeries.
A report detailing the failures at a maternity unit where a number of newborn babies and mothers died is expected to be released today.
Senior public officials who fail to protect children would face up to five years in jail under new measures being considered by the government.
The Duke of Cambridge has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the prince begins the highest-profile UK royal visit to China in nearly 30 years.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of missing teenager Becky Watts.
A new world record is achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh.
Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never a cause of huge concern to staff at his former London school, his former head teacher says.
Tougher laws to tackle drug driving come into force across England and Wales on Monday - with new limits on eight illegal and eight prescription drugs.
The head of the US army has said he is "very concerned" about cuts to the UK's defence budget, and Britain's ability to take part in any future military campaigns.
Wales' patron saint is celebrated across the country with a series of special events to mark St David's Day.
Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never suspected of being radicalised at school, his former head teacher has exclusively told the BBC.
CCTV pictures have emerged appearing to show the three missing UK schoolgirls in Turkey on their way to Syria, where they are believed to have joined Islamic State.
More than half of family doctors say they plan to leave the profession early, before they reach the age of 60, according to a new survey for the BBC.
Actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas has described the lack of roles for older women as "a disaster".
Four police officers are injured after clashes with hundreds of people at an illegal rave in Swindon.
The Archbishop of Westminster has said that political parties "have to be tested" on their approach to immigration ahead of the general election.
Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.
Prince William was transformed into a samurai warlord, but escaped the ordeal of wearing a wig, as he visited Japan's public broadcaster NHK.
In the parts of northern Syria where so called Islamic State has taken control, a brutal code of public floggings and executions is being enforced with particular dangers for women.
The crisis in Syria has let to a surge in investigations and interventions carried out by anti-terrorism officers, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Around 400 people are attending a rally in Newcastle organised by a group opposed to what it describes as the "Islamisation of Europe".
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted he is "fit as a flea" following rumours he was seriously ill.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has defended the security and intelligence agencies, describing them as "true heroes".
The BBC has learned that Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified as the Islamic State extremist 'Jihadi John', had anger management therapy at his secondary school in north-west London.
Strictly Come Dancing has given momentum for a campaign to breathe new life into a derelict ballroom in Belfast.
The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.
The extremist known as "Jihadi John" had suicidal thoughts after feeling harassed by MI5, according to email exchanges with a journalist.
The former singer, Gary Glitter, has been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.
Robin Brant reports from UKIP's Spring Conference in Margate, an event a senior party figure describes as a 'get Nigel elected' rally.
Five specially selected commissioners will take over the running of Rotherham council.
An exclusive peek around the studio where the first public statue to Mary Queen of Scots, in the country of her birth, is being created.
A coroner has criticised the security at a gas plant in Algeria which was attacked by Islamist militants leaving 39 foreign workers dead, including seven British citizens and residents.
A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
Scientists at a North East university are working to help "restore sight" to people who have lost their eyes.
Twenty years since the British Merchant Bank Barings collapsed, its former Singapore general manager Nick Leeson, says bankers are still not being punished properly.
Prince William arrives in Tokyo as he begins a trip to Asia.
After a seven-year legal battle the people of Newhaven have been told by the Supreme Court they do not have the right to use the town's beach.
A woman who was a patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in the 1970s says she was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile during her time there.
A people smuggler has told the BBC how three east London schoolgirls were taken across the border from Turkey to Syria.
Calvin Harris had to squat down on the Brits red carpet to talk to the BBC's Sangita Myska
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have revealed their new tail fin design
For more than a week now, three British families have been trying to track down their teenage daughters who are believed to have gone to Syria to join up with jihadists from the militant group who call themselves Islamic State (IS)
An increasing number of people over the age of 70 are being stopped from driving for medical reasons.
Michael Fallon confirms that UK service personnel will be sent to Ukraine to help with medical, logistics, infantry and intelligence training.
Experts are set to announce what sort of vaccine they believe will protect people against new strains of flu.
The former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett, says he is concerned after figures obtained by the BBC show more than 400 children had tasers drawn on them in 2013.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says he is "very disappointed" a Fifa taskforce has recommended that the 2022 World Cup should be held in November and December.
The family of a missing 16-year-old girl are appealing for their daughter to get in touch.
Companies which make nuisance phone calls will face tougher regulations under changes being announced by the government today.
Salt and print photography - the earliest form of paper photography - produced some amazing images, including Nelson's Column under construction
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.
Schoolchildren across the UK are getting an opportunity to make their own documentary films about World War Two to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
Lincoln city council will vote on Tuesday on whether to introduce a ban on using so-called "legal highs" in the city centre.
Getting married is a day never to be forgotten but for one couple from Leeds their day was memorable for a number of reasons.
A fashion academic explores the exploitation and celebration of women by the fashion industry.
The future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is being called into question, after its worst performance in decades.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is embarrassing that some churches are not paying staff the living wage, while calling on others to do so.
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral at Bath Abbey of four-year-old Mitzi Steady who was killed in a tipper truck crash.
An enforcement officer with the Department of Agriculture says an an animal cruelty case discovered in County Down was "the worst they have ever had to deal with"
Barry George, the man wrongfully convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, has told the BBC that a decision not to award him compensation is "a mockery of justice".
Dandie Dinmont, one of the world's rarest breeds of dogs, is being celebrated in the Borders.
BBC Inside Out meets two tanning addicts.
BBC Inside Out investigates why there have been no successful prosecutions for female genital mutilation even though it has been a criminal offence in Britain for 30 years.
Do high end catwalk shows have any bearing on high street fashion?
BBC Inside Out discovers why Oxford is trying to send some of its homeless families to Coventry to tackle the lack of affordable housing in the city.
Inquiry finds that the deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were detained in police cells and psychiatric wards could have been avoided.
Campaigners are lobbying for compulsory heart screening for all 14 to 35-year-olds to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths in the UK.
Renu Begum, the sister of one of the three girls who are believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State,, urges her to come home, saying she is "our baby".
Benedict Cumberbatch says that the Oscars are "fantastic" despite missing out on the best actor trophy.
Former pilot John Hoyte describes how he had to retire on medical grounds after he was affected by aerotoxic syndrome.
Austin Mitchell dismisses claims he said Labour would hold his seat at the election even if its candidate was a "raving alcoholic sex paedophile".
A View from the Bridge addresses issues like illegal immigration and inappropriate relations with minors in a production that feels up to date.
A crumbling Leicester tower block is demolished in a controlled explosion know as a "double blow-down".
Companies that help clients evade tax should face the same penalties as the evaders themselves, according to the Liberal Democrat's Danny Alexander.
The biggest high tides in two decades are expected to hit parts of the UK coast this morning, which could see coastal flooding in areas.
The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has condemned what he's described as "deeply racist" comments that led to the expulsion of a party member.
The family of Ahmad Nawaz, a Pakistani teenager injured in a Taliban attack on his Peshawar school, talk to the BBC as he prepares for major surgery in UK.
A storage warehouse in south-east London has been destroyed in a large fire overnight.
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