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Kenya 'unable' to hold credible run-off election

<b>Kenya is unable to hold credible elections next week, a senior member of the country's electoral commission (IEBC) has told the BBC.</b><p>Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political "siege", unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.<p>Now in the United States, she said she had feared for her …

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Inside Raqqa after IS was pushed out

The BBC's Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria.<p>The city has been the stronghold of so-called Islamic State since 2014.

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Rio Tinto charged with fraud by US authorities

<b>British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and two of its former executives have been charged with fraud in the US, accused of hiding losses by inflating the value of African coal assets.</b><p>It bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for $3.7bn (£2.8bn) and sold them a few years later for $50m.<p>The mining …


China's Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

<b>China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security.</b><p>Chinese president Xi Jinping has been addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for about three hours now.<p>The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines …


'Rogue' property agents to be targeted, ministers say

<b>Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs are to be outlined by ministers later.</b><p>They say they want to clamp down on a "small minority of rogue agents" in the property management system who force consumers to pay over-inflated charges.<p>They will consider changing the law …

Sajid Javid

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

<b>MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government's flagship welfare programme is working.</b><p>Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash.<p>Senior …

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Six fishermen missing in capsize off Australian coast

<b>Six fishermen are missing after their trawler capsized and sank off the east coast of Australia.</b><p>A seventh man managed to survive being stranded for about 12 hours in waters near the Queensland town of Seventeen Seventy, according to authorities.<p>He survived by clinging to the boat's hull before …


Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

<b>A shocking image of environmental crime has been declared the top entry in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition.</b><p>Taken by South African Brent Stirton, the picture shows the slumped form of a black rhino in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.<p>Poachers killed the animal at night, …


'Depression overwhelmed me, but it also gave me a career'

At her lowest, Catherine wondered whether she would be able to finish her degree.<p>"I lost all concept of the future. I felt I was losing control of my mind.<p>'It was my second year at Manchester University, and early on I began feeling very tired.<p>"Blood tests showed I was anaemic.<p>"Towards Christmas, I …

Mental Health

'How I got my children back'

<b>When John Buskell's son was placed into care at birth he was distraught - his drug abuse had been the cause. But with the help of a family court focused on reuniting children with their parents, his life began to change.</b><p>"Not only was I using heroin, I was using crack, I was using prescriptions …

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The artist making 'new' Warhol paintings, 30 years after his death

<b>Is it possible to create new paintings by Andy Warhol, 30 years after his death? Warhol got other people to do most of the work first time around - and now a British artist has recreated some of his most famous works using exactly the same methods and materials.</b><p>There was a reason Andy Warhol called …


From torture victim to human rights student

<b>Noura Al Jizawi has survived more than a decade of extreme risk. Now she's going back to her interrupted life as a student.</b><p>Growing up in Homs in Syria, the 29 year old has been a student activist, experienced imprisonment and exile and has been a leader in Syria's opposition.<p>Now eight months …


Daniel Antopolsky: The missing man of country

<b>In 2013, Daniel Antopolsky travelled to Nashville to record his first album. He was four decades late.</b><p>The musician had been stockpiling songs on his farm in Bordeaux, France, since the 1970s. They were written late at night, long after his family (and his chickens) were asleep. Altogether, he has …

Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed

<b>The worst traffic jams in the UK left drivers facing up to 15 hours of disruption and tailbacks.</b><p>A fuel spill, broken down vehicles and an emergency viaduct repair were behind the most severe delays.<p>Traffic analysts Inrix said drivers and businesses lost millions of pounds in wasted fuel and …


Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

<b>Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned.</b><p>The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids.<p>It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate …


The winemaker who battles temperatures as low as -25C

<b>With winter temperatures regularly dipping below -25C at his vineyard, winemaker Norman Hardie definitely didn't chose an easy place to grow his grapes.</b><p>"Minus 25 is the absolute death knell for vitis vinifera [the common grape vine], we actually have to bury our vines in the winter [to protect …


The winemaker putting Canadian wine on the map

Canada may not be the first place you associate with winemaking, but one Canadian winery is very much putting the country on the global fine wine map.<p>Norman Hardie Winery just has to cope with winters so cold that its vines are at risk of dying.<p><i>Video journalists: Dan Lytwyn and Jessica Murphy.</i>


Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Robots have become central to the cleaning-up operation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, six years after the tsunami that triggered the nuclear meltdown.<p>It is estimated that around 600 tonnes of toxic fuel may have leaked out of the reactor during the incident.<p>The Tokyo Electric Power …


The human cost of China's economic reforms

<b>Luo Yanli is worried about the bad smell from the electric car factory over the road and what the fumes might be doing to her baby and toddler.</b><p>Mr Yu is worried that millions of workers the Chinese government plans to lay off from failing state owned companies will be "abandoned" like he says he was …


'Go to the dentist and get fined £100'

<b>Going to the dentist is something that many would want to avoid - but how about if you also faced a penalty fine?</b><p>More than 40,000 people a year in England are getting fines of £100 - from an automated system that dentists say is hitting the most vulnerable.<p>They warn that people such as dementia …

Health Care

When gunmen took a Moscow theatre audience hostage

Chechen rebels seized a packed theatre in central Moscow and took hundreds of people hostage in October 2002.<p>Svetlana Gubareva was there with her fiancé and daughter. She spoke to Witness about her ordeal.<p>Witness<i>: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.</i>


Pre-sex HIV drug 'no-brainer" for NHS

<b>A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years, say scientists.</b><p>The team at University College London says Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a "no-brainer" for the NHS.<p>The study predicts that giving Prep to men who have sex …


Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

<b>A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi's Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian</b> …


Brook House: Inquiry call into immigration centre allegations

<b>A "prompt" and independent inquiry should be held into alleged abuse at an immigration removal centre in the UK, a human rights body has said.</b><p>Footage covertly filmed by BBC Panorama allegedly showed staff at Brook House, near Gatwick airport, "mocking, abusing and assaulting" detainees held …


Philando Castile fund erases Minnesota school lunch debt

<b>A fundraising campaign in memory of Philando Castile has raised enough cash to pay off the student lunch debt in St Paul, Minnesota, for a year.</b><p>Mr Castile, 32, worked as a nutrition services supervisor before he was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop in July 2016.<p>His death made …

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Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters

<b>Amazon and eBay are profiting from sellers who defraud UK taxpayers by failing to charge VAT, according to a report by MPs.</b><p>The report estimates up to £1.5bn has been lost from third-party sellers on online marketplaces not charging the tax on sales they make in the UK.<p>MPs in the Public Accounts …


What has China's president Xi Jinping achieved so far?

China's president Xi Jinping will be confirmed for a second five-year term this month.<p>Robin Brant asks what he has delivered so far on key areas like the environment, debt and market reform.


What's it like to live in North Korea?

North Korea is one of the most closed-off counties on the planet, with little access to the outside world.<p>Four North Koreans who managed to escape explain what life was like back home and what they miss the most.<p><i>James Reevell, Hosu Lee & Wonjung Bae</i>

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Spain's hotel chambermaids 'Las Kellys' fight for fair pay

<b>Spain's tourism sector is heading for another bumper year, with last year's figure of 76 million foreign visitors looking set to be a short-lived record.</b><p>But within the industry, some people think their essential work is being seriously underappreciated - chambermaids, women who clean hotel rooms in …

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How wide is Aldi and Lidl's appeal among the better off?

<b>It is well known that it is not only those on a tight budget that shop at the discount stores Aldi and Lidl.</b><p>But a survey suggests a huge number of the better heeled have also been browsing the aisles and may have a product from at least one of them lurking in their larders and fridges.<p>Retail …