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Oscar Pistorius trial: 10 key moments

<b>Athlete Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.</b><p>He was initially cleared of murder, with the judge at his trial in Pretoria accepting his defence that he thought there was an intruder.<p>The South African has now been convicted of murder, …

South Africa

Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua

<b>A small meteorite landed near the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Saturday night, government officials say.</b><p>Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which left a crater 12m (40ft) wide and 5m deep.<p>Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said the …

Airports

#BBCtrending: Arrest order after Egypt's 'gay marriage' video

Last week, a video purporting to show a symbolic wedding ceremony between two men in Cairo was widely shared.<p>One of the men later denied this was a gay marriage ceremony or that the men were gay. But their arrest has now been ordered, according to reports. #BBCtrending reports.<p>Video journalist: …

LGBTQI

Scottish independence: The perils of unprecedented polls

<b>It's not easy taking opinion polls for an unprecedented election, such as the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum.</b><p>We've seen a great deal of attention given over the weekend to a poll from YouGov printed in the Sunday Times, which put the "Yes" campaign ahead by 51% to 49%, excluding the …

United Kingdom

Iraq 'clears' IS from key dam area after US strikes

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1106000/1106562_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524700948_c425be5102727570f7dd78015ff5af56<p><b>Iraqi government forces say they have cleared Islamic State (IS) militants from a wide area around the strategic Haditha dam, helped by US air strikes.</b><p>…

Middle East

Royal baby: How world broke news of Duchess' pregnancy

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child.<p>Kensington Palace said the Queen and members of both families were delighted with the news.<p>The story has been making headlines around the world, including in Europe and the US.<p>ABC's Good Morning America broke the news with a reporter …

Royal Babies

Royal baby: The two-year gap - is it ideal?

<b>The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the spring of 2015. She gave birth to her first child, Prince George, on 22 July 2013, meaning there will be a gap of about 20 months between the two children, give or take a few weeks.</b><p>Now Magazine suggested last summer that Kate might want …

Pregnancy

BBC Pop Up: Mobile bureau reporting from across the US

BBC News not only brings audiences the latest breaking news, it also gives them the global perspective - showing the diversity of people's lives and helping people understand how international stories are connected.<p>As part of the BBC's commitment to live the story, we're launching a new project …

North America

Outside Source: Threat of asteroids and meteors to Earth

Outside Source: #MH17 investigation and door-stepping Putin

The children with AK-47s who defied IS

<b>After nearly three months under siege, the northern Iraqi town of Amerli has been celebrating the partial withdrawal of Islamic State militants - and there have been emotional reunions among families separated by the fighting.</b><p>"The road is 100% safe," said Ali, as he unfurled a large map. "Here are …

Middle East

Tension in Ukraine despite peace deal hopes

Fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine, despite suggestions from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that a truce deal could be struck with Russia.<p>Talks on a ceasefire including Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russia rebels are set to begin at lunchtime in Belarus.<p>Fergal Keane reports on the tension …

Russia

In quotes: Joan Rivers

<b>US comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. Throughout her career, she was renowned for her many acid-tongued pearls of wit which took swipes at other celebrities but also turned inwardly, mocking her own later penchant for plastic surgery.</b><p>She once said: "Never be afraid to laugh at …

Comedians

E-cigarettes: Debate - and confusion - is natural

<b>It can be hard to know quite what to make of e-cigarettes.</b><p>Last week the World Health Organization called for a ban on their use in public places and workplaces. The group said it was concerned about the risk which use of the products presented and about their marketing via fruit and candy-style …

Public Health

Ukraine conflict: How we got here - in two minutes

Russia's president has said he is hoping for a peace deal between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels.<p>Vladimir Putin urged both sides to stop military action in eastern Ukraine, adding that his views and those of his Ukrainian counterpart were very close.<p>Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said they had …

Russia

What is 'Islamic State'?

<b>The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) burst on to the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. It has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings. The group though has attracted support elsewhere in the</b> …

BBC Outside Source: "Mariupol has been tense"

Sweden Democrat quits over swastika photos

A photo obtained by The Local appears to show Catharina Strandqvist, a soldier and the Sweden Democrats’ top candidate in Halmstad municipality in …

Municipal Government

Ex hostage concerned about ransom payments

A Belgian man who was held hostage in Syria says that "when a government decides to pay, the citizens of that country would be targeted more than others."<p>Pierre Piccinin, who was held and tortured by Syrian extremists in 2012, told the Today programme's Mike Thomson that Islamic State don't want …

Kidnapping

Outside Source: Acid wit of comedienne Joan Rivers

Outside Source: Syria's Kurds battling Islamic State