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US police gave boy just 10 seconds to drop toy gun before shooting him dead

There were just 10 seconds between US police spotting a teenager with what they thought was a rifle and opening fire on him, it’s emerged.<p>The drama unfolded as Andy Lopez Cruz, 13, was walking in a field on his way to a friend’s house in Santa Rosa, California.<p>Police said they called for him to …

Europe mad at US spying? Say it like you mean it

If you can’t spy on your friends, who can you spy on? The latest espionage allegations have thrown fat on the fire of Europe’s official anger towards America. This was touched on at an EU summit in June; now it’s being asked how tightly the 28 countries want to grasp the nettle – whether they will …

#100Women conference: The schedule

<b>Today's 100 Women conference at the BBC brings together women from all around the world for a day of debate, discussion and live broadcasting from the BBC Radio Theatre.</b><p>You can follow every minute of the event on our special 100 Women website, with special programmes and coverage on BBC TV and …

The royal baby soap opera is a grotesque distraction when so many in the kingdom they rule face hardship, says Hugh Muir: http://gu.com/p/3jp6a/fb Photograph: Camera Press/Jason Bell

How Educating Yorkshire helped me find my voice - people whinge about the Channel 4 series exploiting us but I was happy to send a positive message to others with a stammer Musharaf Asghar: http://gu.com/p/3jzzp/fb

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother? Momina Bibi was a 65-year-old grandmother and midwife from Waziristan. Yet President Obama tells us drones target terrorists: http://gu.com/p/3jpxc/fb

Storm warning: Hurricane-strength wind alerts extended to Midlands

Warnings of hurricane-strength winds have been extended to the entire southern half of the country after a shift in the path of a wild storm which forecasters have compared to the Great Storm of 1987.<p>In pictures: The Great Storm of 1987<p>Forecasters warned on Thursday that the most powerful storm in …

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Japan protests over South Korea drill on disputed islands

Islands disputed by two Asian neighbours are at the centre of a fresh flare-up of tension.<p>South Korea has flexed its military muscles, staging a defence drill to drive back any foreign landings from the outcrop it calls Dokdo. This has outraged rival claimant Japan. Tokyo has formally protested, …

Saudi government warns women not to defy driving 'ban'

If Saudi women defy a ban to get behind the wheel on Saturday, they will be punished, the government has warned.<p>Though laws do not explicitly forbid women from driving, they are not issued licenses. The Kingdom is the only country in the world not to allow women behind the wheel.<p>The campaign known …

Greenpeace activist stages Eiffel Tower protest calling for release of 'Arctic 30'

The Eiffel Tower was briefly closed to the public on Saturday morning – after a Greenpeace demonstrator suspended himself from the second tier of the landmark monument to call for the release of fellow activists detained in Russia.<p>The man, named as Patrice, was brought down by firemen after …

"It's something between a book club and a Tupperware party, but with drugs": http://bbc.in/17kouLx Meet the Beverly Hills #Cannabis Club, "high-society" women who smoke #marijuana for medical reasons - this is allowed in California if recommended by a doctor. They argue the drug should be legalised fully, but many opponents argue the substance is dangerous and must stay outlawed. Whose side are you on?

Are young Tunisian women leaving their homes to provide sex to Islamist militants in #Syria? Tunisia's government says so - with the interior minister claiming that "Tunisian girls are swapped between 20, 30, and 100 rebels": http://bbc.in/1ahkZFJ Scepticism and shock have met these claims. The BBC's Ahmed Maher travelled to Tunisia to find out more.