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First Zika case confirmed in China
A 34-year-old man who recently travelled to South America has become China's first confirmed case of Zika virus infection, reports state media. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man was from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects. But Chinese authorities have downplayed the risk of it spreading there, because of the winter cold.
About 15,000 homes are without power after Storm Imogen's heavy rain and high-speed winds battered Britain. The brunt of the bad weather affected south-west England and south and mid-Wales - which is where the majority of homes without electricity are. Waves of up to 19.1m (63ft) have been measured off the Cornish coast, and winds of 70-80mph felt in many areas. Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries cancelled and drivers urged to take extra care.
Bootleg alcohol kills 24 in Central Java
At least 24 people have died in recent days in central Java, Indonesia, from drinking illegally-produced alcohol. Most died after buying the black-market spirits, made from ethanol, water and fruit, from a couple in Sleman, north of Yogyakarta city. Several people were also taken to hospital. The alleged maker and seller of the drink has been arrested.
Zika pregnancy case confirmed in Spain
Spain has confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe. The health ministry said the woman had recently returned from Colombia, where it is believed she was infected. Zika, which is spreading through the Americas, has been linked to babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the microcephaly condition, linked to the mosquito-borne virus, a global public health emergency. 
Zika case reported in Texas
A rare case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, not from a mosquito, has been reported in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient was infected in Dallas County, Texas. A patient was apparently infected after having sexual contact with someone who returned from a country where the disease is present. Zika is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization has declared the virus a global public health emergency. 
Deadly blast near Syria shrine
At least 50 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria's capital Damascus. A bus station and a building housing military headquarters were hit by the blasts, which mangled nearby vehicles. It happened as the government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva in a bid to start talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, was aimed at disrupting the talks, the EU said. 
Attack on Nigeria village kills 50
At least 50 people are reported to have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria in a gun and bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram militants. Pictures from the village of Dalori show burned-out buildings and charred livestock. Fires from the burning village could be seen in the the city of Maiduguri, nearly 10km (six miles) away. One witness reported hearing the screams of children as huts were set on fire. Other survivors say the shooting on Saturday evening continued for hours and left barely any parts of the village untouched. Residents said at least 50 people were killed, although a Reuters reporter counted 65 bodies at a hospital morgue. 
Grenade thrown at Germany asylum hostel
Unidentified attackers threw a live hand grenade at a migrant hostel in south-western Germany, officials say. The grenade was found during the night near buildings housing 170 people in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen. Its pin had been pulled out but the explosives failed to detonate. News of the grenade incident came as new figures showed five times more attacks were carried out on migrant hostels in Germany last year than in 2014. The total for 2015 was 1,005, compared with 199 in 2014, the police report said. Far-right activists are suspected in 90% of the cases. 
Millions battle US snow travel chaos
Millions of commuters across the eastern US are battling into work as transport systems struggle to recover from a huge blizzard.Slippery pavements, crippled train networks, treacherous roads and cancelled flights are among the problems workers are facing on Monday. The US government in Washington, as well as many schools and businesses throughout the region, are shut.As the clean up begins, at least 31 people have been left dead.The fatalities were as a result of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks suffered while shovelling snow. The storm, dubbed "Snowmageddon" and "Snowzilla", has weakened and headed into the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to bring heavy rain and gale-force winds to the UK. It affected some 85 million people, at one point cutting the power to 300,000 people. The heaviest fall was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, which had 42in. 
Suicide blasts hit north Cameroon town
At least 25 people are reported to have been killed after suicide bombers struck a town in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.A local official said many of those who died had been in the market in Bodo. At least three suicide bombers were said to be involved. The Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attack. Last month, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bodo. Cameroon is part of a regional coalition fighting Boko Haram, along with Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin. Although the militants have been driven from most of the areas they controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, they have continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring countries. 
NY travel ban lifted as snowstorm ends
A travel ban on cars in New York City has ended as the east coast of the US begins digging out from the weekend's massive snowstorm. But in Washington DC, the metro is set to remain closed and air travel in the region faces further disruption. As householders dug themselves out of drifts up to 40.5in (103cm) deep, the hazards of shovelling snow were brought home by at least six deaths.A further 12 people have died in other snow-related incidents since Friday.The storm, dubbed Snowmageddon and Snowzilla on social media, is lessening and heading for the Atlantic Ocean. It has affected some 85 million people, cutting power to 200,000 people. Some 7,000 flights were cancelled this weekend and disruption is to continue into the working week, with at least 615 cancelled for Monday. States of emergency were declared in New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. In Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, drivers were stranded for hours on snowbound highways.The heaviest fall was recorded in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, which had 40.5in (103 cm). 
Major Syrian rebel town recaptured
Syrian government forces say they have seized the last major town held by rebels in western Latakia province. State TV said Rabia, in rebel hands for four years, was overrun by the army and "popular defence" forces. The head of the Syrian Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that President Assad's forces had surrounded the town from three sides in the space of 48 hours by capturing several villages. Rabia had been controlled by different groups including al-Nusra - an al-Qaeda affiliate. 
Rio announces Olympics Zika plans
The Brazilian authorities have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games later this year. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease - which is being linked to severe birth defects - has caused growing concern in Brazil and abroad. Inspections of Olympic facilities will begin four months before the Games to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. Daily sweeps will also take place during the Games. But fumigation would only be an option on a case-by-case basis because of concerns for the health of the athletes and visitors. 
Protesters in Moldova
Thousands of Moldovans are rallying in the country’s capital, Chisinau, demanding the resignation of the newly appointed government and early elections. The protest was organized by two pro-Russian parties and a pro-EU anticorruption movement. A counterrally in support of the government, which was also planned for January 24, has been canceled to avoid possible clashes. Protesters shouted, "We want the country back!" and "Unity, citizens!" in Romanian and Russian. The Associated Press put the number of protesters at some 15,000. Public anger toward what many Moldovans consider a deeply corrupt political class spiked after the appointment on January 20 of Pavel Filip as prime minister. 
Attacks at Lido beach in Mogadishu
Popular beachfront restaurants have been hit by car bombs and gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The first car bomb went off in the early evening, followed soon after by as many as five gunmen approaching from the beach. A second car bomb went off half an hour later, BBC Somali reports. One report said at least three people had died. The toll is feared to rise. 
Gunmen attack Pakistan University
Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured. Four suspected attackers also died in a battle that lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. One Pakistani Taliban commander said the group had carried out the assault, but its main spokesman denied this. 
Kenyan police kill four terror suspects
Four terror suspects in Kenya have been killed during a dawn raid on a safe house in the coastal town of Malindi, police in the East African nation say. The officers recovered arms, ammunition and a map of the area detailing future targets for attack, regional police commissioner Nelson Marwa said. Suleiman Awadh, on Kenya's most-wanted list, was among those killed, he said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab Islamist militant group has launched a number of deadly high-profile attacks in Kenya. These include storming a shopping centre the capital, Nairobi, in 2013 and raiding a university in the north-eastern town of Garissa last year. 
Foreigners shot dead at Burkina Faso
At least 23 people of 18 different nationalities are now known to have died after Islamist militants attacked a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso. Al-Qaeda militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in the West African state's capital, Ouagadougou, as well as a cafe and another hotel nearby. Four of the attackers were killed, two of them reportedly women. The siege at the Splendid was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has said it carried out the attack. 
Venezuela decrees economic emergency
The Venezuelan government has announced a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country's worsening crisis. President Nicolas Maduro will govern by decree for two months. The edict includes tax increases and puts emergency measures in place to pay for welfare services and food imports. The government's move came as official figures released by the central bank showed that the Venezuelan economy had contracted by 4.5% in the first nine months of 2015. The emergency was declared hours before President Maduro delivers a State of the Nation address to Congress for the first time since his centre-right opponents took control of the legislature. The decree also instilled more state controls on businesses, industrial productivity and on electronic currency transactions. 
Explosion releases toxic gas in Brazil
A chemical explosion at a cargo warehouse in Brazil has spread toxic gas over the country's biggest port. The company owners said the containers in Santos were full of acid and a disinfectant which came into contact with rainwater, causing a reaction. The area's mayor said at least 66 people were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Officials said the fire had been controlled but that there is still smoke in the area. The cargo terminal and nearby homes were evacuated and residents were asked to stay inside.
New Ebola case in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone officials have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa outbreak over. The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday. Tests on a person who died in northern Sierra Leone proved positive, an Ebola test centre spokesman told the BBC. 
Jakarta attacks kill at least 6
Armed men carried out a series of gun and bomb attacks in the heart of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Four attackers were also killed, police said. A manhunt for more suspects is underway.There have so far been no claims of responsibility. 
Alps avalanche kills 3
Two French school children and a Ukrainian tourist have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the French Alps, officials say. Three others - two pupils and a teacher - were seriously injured. The two pupils were found in state of cardiac arrest and the teacher was unconscious. All members of the group have now been accounted for by rescue teams. The avalanche struck the group, their teacher and the Ukrainian on a closed piste in the Les Deux Alpes area. 
Explosion rocks square in central Istanbul
Turkish media report several people killed and wounded by blast in historic Sultanahmet district of city. Ambulances rushed to the scene, close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, in a major tourist area of Turkey’s most populous city. 
Gunmen attack Baghdad shopping center
At least 17 people are reported to have been killed in an attack on a shopping centre in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, during which people were taken hostage. About 20 gunmen stormed the al-Jawhara shopping centre in the mainly Shia al-Jadeda area on Monday evening, after a car bomb exploded outside. Security forces sealed off the area and then stormed the building, killing the assailants and freeing their hostages, an interior ministry spokesman said. It is not clear who the gunmen were.
Bushfire eases in Western Australia
A massive bushfire in Western Australia that killed two people continues to burn, but milder conditions are helping firefighters bring it under control. The fire engulfed the entire town of Yarloop near Perth last week, destroying at least 128 homes. Police say the bodies of two men in their 70s have been discovered in the debris of burnt-out houses. More favourable conditions on Sunday allowed firefighters to set up containment lines.
Australia rains cause rare filling of desert lake
Heavy rains have started to fill Australia's vast Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and are bringing the desert to life. Pictures captured by pilot Trevor Wright show water filling dry salt plains that lie 700km (435 miles) north of Adelaide. The area around the lake has been inundated with rain over the last week, with falls of over 150mm reported. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre fills only a few times in a century. When this happens it is Australia's largest lake.
California braces for El Nino storms
Communities across California are bracing for two weeks of heavy rains generated by the El Nino system. Northern California could receive up to 15in (38.1cm) of rain over the next 16 days, with parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains getting up to 24in of snow. The El Nino system, a warming trend in the Pacific Ocean, is expected to spur extraordinary weather across the US in the coming weeks and months. The phenomenon is prompting warnings of flash floods and mud flows. Light rain began falling across the region on Monday, but stronger storms are expected to hit the area on Tuesday, with at least two more systems expected on Wednesday and Thursday. 
Terror alert cancels Brussels celebration
New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital, Brussels, because of a terror alert. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision had been taken "given information we have received". On Tuesday, Belgian police arrested two people suspected of planning attacks during the festive season.
Evacuations as storm hits UK
Storm Frank has battered parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving more severe floods in its wake. Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather with hundreds of homes evacuated in the Borders towns of Dumfries, Hawick and Peebles. Thousands of homes are without power and severe flood warnings remain in place in Croston, Lancashire. 
Storm Frank to bring floods in UK
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are three severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in force in England and Wales, along with 47 flood warnings requiring immediate action. 
Ebola outbreak ends in Guinea
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, two years after the epidemic began there. Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks. The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the West African state, and a further 9,000 in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Pakistan attack kills 22
A suspected suicide attack at a government office in north-west Pakistan has killed at least 22 people, police say. The bomb went off outside the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in the town of Mardan. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the attack, which left more than 30 others wounded. The attack is one of the deadliest since last December's massacre of 150 pupils and teachers in Peshawar. 
Belgium arrests two over New Year plot
Belgian police have arrested two people suspected of planning attacks in Brussels during the festive season. Raids took place on Sunday and Monday in Brussels and the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Liege. Police seized military clothing and computer equipment in the raids, but no weapons or explosives. 
Tornadoes in Texas leave 11 dead
Eleven people have been killed in tornadoes in Texas, police say, raising the death toll to 29 in a week of storms across several US states. At least eight people died in Garland, near Dallas, five of them when their cars were blown off a motorway. Three bodies were found in other towns. In west Texas the problem was snow - high winds caused drifts that have made a number of roads impassable. The storms across the South have been unusually powerful for winter. Reports from Texas said churches were destroyed, cars mangled and trees toppled across a 64km (20 mile) zone from south of Dallas up to suburbs in the north-east. 
South America flood worst in 50 years
Vast areas in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil are being hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, forcing the evacuation of more than 150,000 people. Days of heavy rains brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon have caused three major rivers to swell, and officials report at least six deaths. A state of emergency is in force in Paraguay, the worst hit nation, where 130,000 people have fled their homes. In northern Argentina, some 20,000 people have left their homes. Dry weather is forecast for the Brazil-Uruguay border region in the next few days, but in Paraguay and Argentina water levels are still expected to rise. 
Many missing in Myanmar landslide
Dozens of people are reportedly missing and feared dead after a landslide hit a jade mining region in Myanmar's northern Kachin state. Officials say a search for survivors and bodies is continuing in the area around Hpakant. Last month, more than 100 people were killed in the same area after a massive landslide. Jade mining produces piles of waste rock. Itinerant workers climb the heaps to search for the gem stone. The Bangkok Post quoted Hpakant official Tint Swe Myint as saying five bodies had already been found. "According to witnesses, about 50 people are still missing," he said. 
14 killed in heavy US storms
A clear-up has begun after a violent storm left at least 14 people dead and destroyed homes in several US South and Midwest states on Christmas Eve. Mississippi was worst hit, with seven people dead, while six others were killed in Tennessee. A seven-year-old boy, who was inside a car picked up and tossed in the storm, was among the dead. At least 20 tornadoes have been reported, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power. Search teams have been combing through damaged buildings in the affected states, the situation complicated by the fact many people may be away for Christmas. One large tornado reportedly touched land in Mississippi and tore a path more than 100 miles (160 km) long to Tennessee. A state of emergency has been declared by the Mississippi governor. In Georgia, the heavy rain caused flash floods and a landslide, jamming roads with traffic. 
China smog sparks more red alerts
Hazardous smog blanketing China's north-east has sparked more red alerts, with authorities advising residents in 10 cities to stay indoors. The announcement follows last week's warning that a vast area of China would be badly hit by pollution. Beijing saw its second red alert over the weekend. The latest wave of alerts includes the industrial port Tianjin. Red alerts trigger advisories for people to stay inside, schools to stop classes, and restrict vehicle use. An environmental ministry statement issued on Wednesday night said the 10 cities with red alerts include Tianjin as well as smaller surrounding cities Puyang, Xinxiang, Dezhou, Handan, Xintai, Langfang, Hengshui, Xinji and Anyang. 
Thousands flee floods in Argentina
At least 7,000 people have been evacuated in north-eastern Argentina as heavy rains cause rivers to swell. Those living close to the Uruguay River in Entre Rios province are reported to be among the worst affected. The mayor of the town of Concordia, on the border with Uruguay, was quoted as saying a quarter of the town was underwater. Thousands of people have also been affected by the rains in neighbouring Paraguay and Uruguay. "There's never been flooding like this," Concordia Mayor Enrique Cresto said on Thursday, according to the Clarin newspaper. "Today the river is going to rise another 40cm [16in]. We are going to... keep evacuating more families all day." The provinces of Formosa, Chaco and Santa Fe are also reported to be badly affected. 
Sweden operator cancels trains
Sweden's state-owned train operator SJ is to stop services to and from Denmark because it cannot carry out identity checks demanded by the government to stem the influx of refugees. Under a new Swedish law, transport companies will be fined if travellers to Sweden do not have valid photo ID. SJ said it would not have time to check people travelling between Copenhagen and Malmo over the Oresund bridge. Sweden has received about 150,000 asylum applications already this year. 
Terror attack foiled in France
French police have foiled a terror attack on police and army personnel in the region of Orleans, the interior minister has said. Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that two men, aged 20 and 24, were arrested on 19 December and were being held for questioning. Both are thought to have had contact with another Frenchman, currently believed to be in Syria.
Brazil dam collapse death toll rises
The number of confirmed deaths from the collapse of a dam in Brazil has risen to 17, according to an update from mining giant BHP Billiton. Two people working on the dam, which held back waste water from iron ore mining, are unaccounted for, BHP said. BHP owns the dam with Brazil's Vale via a joint-venture, Samarco. A court has frozen their assets in the country. The firms have appointed a New York law firm to investigate the cause of the dam rupture, BHP's statement said.
Landslide in China 85 missing
Hundreds of rescue workers are looking for survivors after a landslide hit 33 buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Seven people were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries but 85 are still missing. About 900 were evacuated as the landslide struck on Sunday. Authorities said a huge man-made mound of earth and construction debris lost stability and collapsed. The city is one of China's biggest and is a major industrial centre. 
Two held in Air France bomb scare
Police in Paris have detained two people who were on an Air France flight forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya when a fake bomb was found on board, reports say. A 58-year-old taken into custody is an ex-policeman from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, Europe 1 radio said. His wife was being questioned as a witness. Air France says the fake bomb was made of cardboard and a kitchen timer and posed no danger.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35151533
Chile airport strike ends
Airport workers in Chile have agreed to end a four-day strike that led to major disruption. Most flights coming out of or landing in Chile's main airports were cancelled or delayed. The strike hit Chile in the busy run-up to the Christmas holiday period, leaving thousands of people stranded. The airport ground workers' union called the strike after the government rejected their request to join the more generous Chilean military pension plan.
The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore regular commercial flights, in a deal that could jumpstart economic relations between the two countries. The agreement paves the way for thousands of visitors to the island on a daily basis. The deal was announced on Thursday, exactly one year since President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro announced a historic detente. It is not known when the first Cuba-bound flights will take off. 
Los Angeles schools reopen after threat
Schools in Los Angeles are preparing to reopen after being shut down over an email threat, in a move queried by police officials in New York. More than 1,000 schools in America's second-biggest city were searched on Tuesday after classes were cancelled. Officials in New York, the biggest city, said they had received a similar threat but had ignored it as a hoax.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35111418
Turkey is withdrawing some of its troops stationed at a base in Iraq, the country's state-run news agency says. Anadolu quoted military officials as saying a 10- or 12-vehicle convoy had left Bashiqa camp and was moving north. Turkey has deployed troops near the city of Mosul, which is controlled by the jihadist group Islamic State, since 2014 to train Iraqi Kurdish forces.
Pakistan market bombing kills 15
At least 15 people have been killed by a bomb blast in a crowded market in a town in northwest Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency, near the Afghan border. More than 40 people were hurt in the blast at the Eid Gah clothes market in the town of Parachinar. TV images showed people fleeing over ground covered in clothes and debris. No group has said it carried out the attack but a sectarian motive is suspected, as most people in Parachinar are from Pakistan's Shia minority. Several Taliban-affiliated groups are known to be active in the region. Violence in the country overall has fallen since the Pakistani army embarked on an offensive against the Taliban and other militants in the North Waziristan agency, bordering Kurram. 
Burundi violence leaves 87 dead
Eighty-seven people were killed in violence that broke out after three military sites were attacked in Burundi, the army says. Eight of those who died were security officers and 49 people were captured, Col Gaspard Baratuza said. Residents in the capital earlier said the bodies of some 34 men were found on the streets - and accused police of taking revenge. It is not clear if that number is included in the army's total. Unrest has hit Burundi since April. There have been continued protests since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his decision to seek a third term in office, which he won in a disputed election in July. 
Gambia declared Islamic republic
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past. Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia's "religious identity and values". He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely. Some 90% of Gambians are Muslim. The former British colony's economy relies heavily on tourism. However, relations with the West have soured recently. The European Union temporarily withheld aid money to Gambia last year over its poor human rights record. 
The Spanish embassy in Kabul has come under attack, the Spanish foreign ministry says. The Taliban say their fighters are inside a "foreign guesthouse" in the Afghan capital after detonating a suicide car bomb outside. It is the latest in a series of audacious raids by Taliban fighters on high-profile targets in Afghanistan. 
Afghan Taliban attacks Kandahar airport
Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. The defence ministry said that at least 37 people, including many children, had been killed in the clashes. At least nine militants were also killed. A number of hostages were seized in the 26-hour attack before Afghan forces retook the airport. 
DRC hit with floods
An estimated 20 people have died in floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, over the last 10 days, the authorities say. A resident said it was the worst flooding he had seen in 18 years of living next to the River N'djili. A tributary to the Congo River, it overflowed after heavy rain on Sunday night causing extensive damage. A UN-backed radio station said a water treatment plant was affected, cutting off most residents' drinking water. 
Tajikistan struck by powerful earthquake
A powerful earthquake has struck remote parts of eastern Tajikistan, sending shockwaves into neighbouring countries. The magnitude 7.2 quake's epicentre was 345km (215 miles) east of Dushanbe, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Officials say information is likely to emerge slowly from mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan, where the quake occurred.
Flights resume in flood-hit Chennai
Flights have resumed in the southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) after a week of devastating floods. Operations were halted last week after heavy rains flooded the airport and damaged key equipment. A massive relief operation is continuing to get food and medicines to tens of thousands of people. Many residents are still living in shelters.
Beijing issues first red smog alert
Schools in Beijing are to close and outdoor construction to stop after the Chinese capital issued its first "red alert" over smog levels. The red alert is the highest possible, and has not been used in the city before, the state-run Xinhua news agency says. Authorities expect more than three consecutive days of severe smog.
Power supply restored in Chennai
Power has been restored in many parts of the southern Indian city of Chennai days after severe floods hit the city. A massive relief operation is continuing to get food and medicines to tens of thousands people. Many residents are living in shelters after their homes were submerged. Railways and Chennai's main airport, which has been flooded, are due to resume some operations on Saturday. More than 260 people have died after the heaviest rainfall in a century. 
Mass anti-government rally in S Korea
Tens of thousands of protesters in South Korea have held a mass rally against a raft of government policies that they say weaken democracy. The protest was big, rowdy and attended by a wide cross section of people but there was no repeat of violence which marred a similar rally last month. About 18,000 police were deployed in the capital, Seoul. Protesters oppose plans including changes to labour laws and greater controls over history textbooks. Left-wing critics say this will lead to a whitewashing of past South Korean dictatorships. About 14,000 people are estimated by police to have attended the rally, far fewer than the 60,000 that attended the 14 November demonstration. 
Mount Etna erupts
Mount Etna, the volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, has erupted in spectacular fashion. Etna sent a plume of fire and ash into the sky, several kilometres high. The eruption caused the closure of the nearest airport on the Italian mainland and left several villages covered in a thick layer of ash.
Cairo restaurant attack kills 16
Sixteen people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after firebombs were thrown into a restaurant, officials say. The attack happened in the Agouza area, in the city centre. Egypt's interior ministry said it appeared to have followed a row between workers and others at the venue, which also housed a nightclub. Media reports say three masked men threw the devices into the venue before fleeing.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35003967
California shooting at disabled center
Police are attending a shooting at a social services facility for disabled people in California. Fire officials in San Bernardino said it was responding to a "20 victim shooting incident" and it was working to clear the scene. ABC News reports that there are 12 people dead but police have not confirmed that number. It is still a "very active scene" and police are trying to secure the building, said a police spokeswoman. There may be up to three gunmen, she said, and they were heavily armed and possibly wearing body armour.
Cameroon troops free 900 hostages
Troops have freed 900 hostages captured by the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Cameroon's defence minister has announced. Joseph Beti Assomo said his forces had also killed around 100 Boko Haram members at the end of November. There has been no independent confirmation of the operation in Cameroon's remote Far North region. It is not clear exactly where the clashes took place, or where Boko Haram's captives had been held.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34986146
US President Barack Obama has urged Turkey and Russia to reduce tensions, a week after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane. After talks with Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Paris, Mr Obama reaffirmed US support for "Turkey's right to defend itself and its airspace". But he stressed that Russia and Turkey should "de-escalate" their dispute. "We all have a common enemy," Mr Obama said, referring to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. 
Chicago protests over police shootings
Schools in the Chinese capital Beijing have been ordered to keep children indoors amid extremely high levels of air pollution. Pollution climbed to up to 35 times World Health Organisation safety levels on the third day of the city's "orange alert" - the second highest level. Factories have been told to cut production and heavy duty trucks ordered off the roads. It comes as President Xi Jinping attends the Paris climate conference.
Turkish authorities have rounded up some 1,300 migrants allegedly bound for Greece, Turkish state media report. Police detained hundreds of migrants near the western town of Ayvacik, a main crossing point to Greece, according to the Anadolu news agency. Among those detained were Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian and Afghani migrants as well as some suspected smugglers. 
Beijing issues severe smog warning
The authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have issued their highest smog warning so far this year. The "orange level" alert declared on Sunday is the second highest possible, requiring factories to cut production. On Sunday, some pollution readings in parts of the city reached about 17 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation. Air pollution is a chronic health-risk for those living and working in the capital and other major Chinese cities. China's state media says the declaration of this orange level alert requires industrial plants to reduce or shut down production. Building sites are not allowed to transport materials or waste and heavy-duty trucks are banned from the city's roads. 
Stranded migrants battle riot police
Clashes between riot police and migrants angry at being prevented from entering Macedonia from Greece have left up to 40 people injured. Macedonian soldiers raised a new fence on the southern border with Greece on Saturday to manage the migrants. Dozens of migrants, stuck in Greece after Balkan countries imposed tougher entry conditions, threw stones. Reports suggest that Macedonian police briefly entered Greece and fired stun grenades on the rioters. Macedonia's interior ministry says 18 police officers were injured, with two hospitalised. Some 20 migrants were treated for head injuries and breathing problems, aid groups told Associated Press news agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says 105,000 migrants have passed through Macedonia after arriving in Greece this month. 
Chicago protests over police shootings
Police in Chicago say they arrested five people on Tuesday who were protesting over a video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times in Chicago last year. The video, released on Tuesday, showed the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, by a white police officer. Police say he refused to drop a knife.
Kashmir stand-off ends
A civilian and three armed militants have been killed in a fierce gun battle at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir. The three gunmen forced their way into the camp near the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. An army official said the attackers entered after cutting through a fence. Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in its entirety. Militants have been fighting Indian rule since 1989.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has bitterly condemned the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border. He described it as a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists". Turkey says its jets shot at the plane after warning that it was violating Turkish airspace. But Moscow says it never strayed from Syrian airspace. Nato is holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss the incident at Turkey's request.
Liberia boy dies after fresh cases
A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, officials have told the BBC. He tested positive last week and died late on Monday at a treatment centre near the capital, Monrovia, Francis Kateh, the chief medical officer, said. His father and brother are being treated for Ebola at the centre. Liberia has seen more than 10,000 Ebola cases and more than 4,000 deaths since the West Africa outbreak began in 2013.
Blast hits Tunis
An explosion has hit a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, state TV reports. At least six people had been killed, an interior ministry spokesman said, Reuters news agency reports. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34915253
The fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) will dominate talks in Washington shortly as French President Francois Hollande meets US President Barack Obama. The Paris suicide attacks claimed by IS have prompted the US to issue a worldwide travel alert to its citizens. President Hollande is meeting other world leaders this week, hoping to forge a stronger alliance against IS. 
21 arrests in Belgium terrorism investigation
A further five people have been arrested in Belgium, a spokesperson for the Belgian prosecutor said. A total of 21 people have now been arrested in counter-terror operations since Sunday. The latest statement from the prosecutor said a further five houses had been searched in the Brussels region, and two in the Liege area.
The hotel chain said two armed men have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees. The men came in a diplomatic vehicle Friday morning, firing as they entered the hotel, said witness Amadou Keita, who works at a cultural center close by. 
Paris attack leader killed in raid
The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among those killed in a French police raid on Wednesday, prosecutors say. They confirmed the Islamic State (IS) militant had died in a flat in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis. His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in the apartment. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he had received intelligence that Abaaoud passed through Greece on his return from Syria. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34867615
Two die in hunt for Paris attack mastermind
A woman has blown herself up and a suspect was shot dead during a police raid on a flat in a Paris suburb, while seven arrests were made. Police targeted the flat in Saint-Denis in a search for the alleged mastermind of Friday's gun and bomb attacks in Paris, when 129 people were killed. The fate of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, previously thought to be in Syria, is still unclear. Prosecutor Francois Molins said intelligence indicated he was in Paris. 
Four killed an Australian bushfires
Four people have been killed and there are fears for two others caught in bushfires in Western Australia. Hundreds of firefighters are battling major blazes that were reportedly sparked by lightning over the weekend. The worst of the blazes are north of the coastal town of Esperance, 720km south-east of Perth. Strong winds with gusts up to 90km/h (56mph) have hampered efforts to bring the fires under control. 
Air strikes on IS stronghold Raqqa
Air strikes by France and other nations on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in Syria since Sunday have killed at least 33 militants, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most died when checkpoints around the city were hit. It also reported the families of IS leaders had started leaving Raqqa for another of the jihadist group's strongholds, the Iraqi city of Mosul. 
Storm Barney hits UK
Storm Barney, the UK's second named storm, has arrived and is affecting parts of Wales and southern England with gusts in excess of 70mph. Gales are expected to move inland later but they will only last three to four hours, BBC forecasters say. It will be a "short, sharp burst" of very strong winds, particularly over north Wales and the Midlands. 
Manhunt for suspects in Paris attacks
A huge manhunt is under way for surviving members and accomplices of the Islamist group that killed 129 people in Paris on Friday night. Police have named Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, 26, as a key suspect. He was reportedly stopped by officers in the wake of the attacks - but then let go. Meanwhile, French aircraft have attacked the Syrian stronghold of IS. 
18 killed in shooting in Paris
At least 18 people were killed in shootings in central Paris late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. Police were outside a restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, where the incident occurred. A reporter for France 2, told CNN there were three different sites where people were shot. CNN could not immediately confirm the number of places where shots were fired. 
Moscow bans Egypt Air flights after jet crash
Russia's state aviation authority has banned Egypt's national carrier from flying to Russia, a Moscow airport spokesman says. Flights from Russia to Egypt are already suspended after a passenger plane crashed in the Sinai last month. All 224 people on board were killed, mostly Russian nationals. Egypt Air had been the only airline flying between the two countries and the move was to ensure it met safety requirements, Russian media reported. 
Deadly Beirut blasts hit Hezbollah stronghold
At least 37 people have been killed and 181 injured in two explosions in the Lebanese capital Beirut, officials say. The blasts hit the southern suburb of Burj el-Barajneh, a stronghold of the Shia Hezbollah movement. A statement purporting to be from the so-called Islamic State group said that it carried out the attack. The conflict in neighboring Syria has worsened tensions in Lebanon. Southern Beirut has been targeted by Sunni militant groups in the past. 
El Nino severity threatens parts of Africa
Some 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and water shortages in east and southern Africa because of the strengthening El Nino weather phenomenon, the UN children's charity has said. It has caused the worst drought in more than 30 years in Ethiopia, Unicef said. Its effects could also be "particularly harsh" in Somalia, amid fears of flooding, it warned. El Nino is caused by Pacific Ocean warming. "The weather phenomenon, among the strongest on record, is likely to cause more floods and droughts, fuel Pacific typhoons and cyclones and affect more areas if it continues strengthening as forecast over the coming months," Unicef said in a statement.
A second extremely rare and powerful tropical cyclone has hit Yemen's Socotra island in the space of a week. Two people were reported to have been killed as hurricane-force winds and torrential rains brought by the storm, called Megh, triggered flash floods. The Yemeni government has appealed to the UN and neighbouring Oman to send emergency relief teams to Socotra, which lies far out in the Arabian Sea. Megh is expected to make landfall on Yemen's coast east of Aden on Tuesday. 
Thousands return from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK as many more remain stranded
Lufthansa has canceled 520 flights scheduled for Saturday, with at least 58,000 passengers expected to be affected as cabin crew went on their longest-ever strike in a 2 year-long pensions dispute. Cabin staff joined the strike for the first time. The Independent Flight Attendants Organization (UFO) plans to stage walkouts over the course of the next six days. All European and domestic services have been scrapped, with the exception of some flights between Munich and Frankfurt, as well as three Frankfurt-London Heathrow links. No intercontinental flights will be hit, however, the airline said, with the exception of one connection between Dusseldorf and Newark, New Jersey. Saturday's stoppage will last until 2200 GMT, UFO said. UFO reassured that no strike is planned on Sunday because most people traveling that day will be doing so in a private capacity, not on business. 
Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola
Sierra Leone has officially been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO). Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Freetown, at the stroke of midnight - marking 42 days without a single declared case of the disease. There were further cheers when the WHO local representative made the official announcement later on Saturday. The outbreak killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone over the past 18 months. 
Brazil dam burst engulfs homes
More than a dozen people are feared dead after a dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil burst, flooding nearby homes. Officials in south-eastern Minas Gerais state say one person is confirmed dead. But there are reports that up to 16 have died and others are missing. Rivers of thick red mud surged down the valleys of the hilly area outside the old colonial city of Mariana. It engulfed cars and lorries, and destroyed homes. 
Indonesia flights grounded for third day
Tourists and travellers in Indonesia have been stranded for a third day, as volcanic ash has forced the closure of airports on three islands. Bali's Denpasar airport has been shut since Tuesday after Mount Rinjani on Lombok island began erupting. Two airports on Lombok and Java have also been closed due to the risk posed by the drifting ash plume. 
Ash cloud grounds Bali flights
Some flights to and from Bali have been cancelled for a second day due to a drifting ash cloud from Mt Rinjani, east of the Indonesian holiday island. Denpasar Airport was closed on Tuesday, grounding all flights as officials reassessed the risk posed by the plume. All Virgin Australia and Jetstar flights were cancelled on Wednesday, whilst Air Asia said at least 13 of its flights had been affected. 
Cyclone hits Yemen
A rare tropical cyclone has hit the remote Yemeni island of Socotra, killing at least one person before heading towards the Yemeni mainland. Many residents took shelter in schools and caves as the storm, named Chapala, brought hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and powerful waves to the island. Photos and videos posted online showed water flowing through the streets of the provincial capital, Hadibu. It is believed to be the most powerful storm that Yemen has seen in decades. 
Old town Albufeira completely flooded, the Algarve was on red alert all day sunday, with floods in many area´s, but Albufeira suffered most damage. According to locals this was the worst in 40 years. 
Huge Amazon reserve fires contained
Brazilian officials have managed to contain several forest fires that have destroyed half of an indigenous reserve in the Amazon region.Some 12,000 indigenous people live in the Arariboia reserve, in the state of Maranhao. Their leaders say the fires were started more than a month ago by hostile loggers and farmers who want exploit the area's natural resources. Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers had been trying to put out the blazes. Their work has been helped by recent heavy rains, which extinguished 90% of the fires in the state, a local official told the AFP news agency. An additional 10% of fires were under control, said Luciano Evaristo, regional director of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). 
Philippines market fire kills 15
Fifteen traders including six children have been killed in a fire at a public market in the Philippines, police say.About 13 others were injured in the blaze at a market in the southern city of Zamboanga. The fire began when sparks from low-hanging electric cables set fire to umbrellas and piles of used clothing, police said. The victims were reportedly traders who slept at their stalls ahead of the busy weekend market. The blaze was so strong that the authorities were forced to rely on assistance from volunteers from nearby neighborhoods to put it out, local fire chief Dominador Zabala told the Inquirer newspaper. 
China building collapse kills workers
A two-storey building has collapsed in China's central Henan province killing 17 construction workers and injuring 23 others, state media has reported.Rescue workers searched overnight pulling bodies and survivors from the debris in Beiwudu in Wuyang county. Nine of the injured, being treated at a hospital in nearby Luohe city, are in a serious condition, officials said. Renovation work was being carried out on the foundations of the building when the accident happened, they said. In May, a nursing home in Henan province that was destroyed by fire, killing 38 people, was found to have been poorly constructed using flammable material. 
Germany is to restrict the number of entry points for migrants arriving via Austria, in a bid to control the flow as thousands cross into Bavaria daily. It says it has reached agreement with Austria on five crossing points on the 800km (500-mile) border.Authorities in Bavaria have complained a lack of co-ordination with Austria is hampering efforts to aid new arrivals.
Ten dead in boat sinkings off Greece
Ten people, including children, have died after four boats sank off Greece in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday. Hours earlier the Greek coastguard had rescued 242 people from a sinking boat in the area. Thousands have been arriving on the island of Lesbos every day after making the dangerous journey from Turkey.
Slovenia considers migrant fence
Slovenia has threatened to erect a fence along its border with Croatia if an EU plan agreed on Sunday is not implemented. Some 85,000 refugees have poured into the tiny nation in the last 10 days, after Hungary closed its Croatia border. To Hungary's north, Austria is also set to beef up barriers at its border crossings to control large crowds.
Colombia offers truce with Farc
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that he wants to enter into a bilateral truce with the Farc rebel group on 1 January 2016. Despite having been engaged in peace talks with the left-wing rebels for almost three years, the government had always refused to declare a ceasefire. The Farc, who have been observing a unilateral ceasefire, have repeatedly called on the government to join them in the truce. The conflict started in 1964.
Rescue efforts are being stepped up to help those affected by the magnitude-7.5 earthquake which hit remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday. More than 360 people are known to have died, most of them in Pakistan, and at least 2,000 were injured. Rescue teams have been sent to remote mountainous areas where the impact of the quake is still unclear.
ISIS ramps up the cruelty
ISIS, which comes up with more and more heinous methods of execution, has ramped up its cruelty: Members of the group tied three people to the pillars in the ancient section of Palmyra and killed them by detonating the pillars, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. ISIS jihadists seized control of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding area from Syrian government forces on May 20. Since then, the Islamic extremists have beheaded the antiquities expert who looked after the ruins and set about demolishing their architectural riches.In August, they leveled two temples of immense cultural significance -- the Temple of Bel and the Temple of Baalshamin -- prompting outrage and condemnation from around the world. Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is known as the "bride of the desert" for its magnificent collection of structures along a historical trade route that once linked Persia, India and China with the Roman Empire. 
A Libyan helicopter carrying military commanders from Tripoli's self-styled government was shot down on Tuesday by another armed faction west of the capital, and at least 12 people were killed, authorities and security sources said. A spokesman for the Tripoli government's chief of staff said the helicopter had been returning to the capital when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea near al-Maya. Libya is caught in a conflict involving two rival governments, based respectively in Tripoli and in the east, as well as a myriad of armed factions that back them in loose coalitions. Armed groups often act independently according to tribal, local or regional loyalties and interests. Tripoli officials blamed the Washafana tribal army for the attack. 
More than 150 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake which has hit north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tremors from the magnitude-7.5 quake were also felt in northern India and Tajikistan. At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.
Hurricane Patricia nears Mexico
The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Americas is bearing down on Mexico's Pacific coast, threatening a "potentially catastrophic" landfall. Mexican authorities have begun evacuating residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Patricia. The storm is comparable to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6,300 people in the Philippines in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization says. A state of emergency has been declared in three states in Patricia's path.
Chinese diplomats shot dead in Philippines
Two Chinese diplomats have been killed and a third wounded after a woman opened fire at a restaurant in the central Philippine city of Cebu. The deputy consul and the finance officer for the Chinese consulate in the city were killed and the consul general wounded, police said. The consul general is in hospital and a Chinese man and woman were arrested. "We're still trying to determine the motive for the shooting," said Chief Superintendent Prudencio Banas.
Arrivals to Greece top 500,000
The number of migrants who have arrived in Greece this year has topped half a million, the United Nations said. The rate of people arriving has risen to 8,000 a day, the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees said, with many hoping to beat winter weather. Most migrants then head north from Greece, but bottlenecks are forming in some Balkan states.
Typhoon brings floods to Philippines
Heavy rain and floods are affecting dozens of villages, after Typhoon Koppu swept through the northern Philippines. The slow-moving weather system has killed at least two people and forced tens of thousands from their homes. Troops have been deployed to help residents trapped on rooftops, but are struggling to access more remote areas. Koppu has now been downgraded to a severe tropical storm by the Japanese Meteorological Agency, which is responsible for naming and tracking it. 
Croatia has opened its border with Serbia, removing one of the bottlenecks for thousands of stranded migrants trying to make their way north. About 3,000 people had been stuck in cold and wet weather in the Serbian border village of Berkasovo, after Croatia moved to curb new arrivals. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) had described condition there as "dire". 
Fresh violence has erupted between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, with three Palestinians killed in clashes, Palestinians say. Two were killed in confrontations with Israeli troops over the Gaza border, medical sources said. Also in the West Bank a Palestinian posing as a journalist who stabbed and injured a soldier was shot dead. 
Pakistan landslide kills 13
A rare rockslide in Pakistan's city of Karachi has hit several makeshift homes, killing 13 people including seven children, officials say. The landslide struck early on Tuesday, burying homes in Gulistan Johar district under a mass of rock and mud. Rescue workers are using mechanical tools to clear the rubble. 
Ankara attacks kill 95
[Thousands of people have gathered in the centre of Turkey's capital, Ankara, to mourn the victims of twin bomb blasts which killed at least 95 people. Scuffles broke out with the police after some mourners tried to lay flowers at the sites where the bombs went off on Saturday. A pro-Kurdish party involved in the rally where the bombs went off believes the true death toll is 128. Security sources say they suspect Islamic State (IS) bombed the rally. 
Indonesia seeks forest fire help
Indonesia's president has asked for international assistance to put out forest fires that have sent a thick haze over the region. After refusing offers of help from Singapore, Joko Widodo said he had now accepted. He said he also wanted help from Russia, Malaysia, and Japan. The forest fires are the result of annual slash-and-burn practices by companies clearing land for palm oil and pulp wood plantations.
Russia says it has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria from warships in the Caspian Sea - about 1,500km (930 miles) away. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four warships fired 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them and causing no civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Syrian ground troops have launched an offensive under Russian air cover, Syrian officials say.
Typhoon kills six in China
Typhoon Mujigae has killed at least six people and injured 215 in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong since arriving on Sunday, report state media. Residents of the city of Zhanjiang, where the typhoon made landfall, were lashed with strong winds and rain. Mujigae has since weakened and moved into neighbouring Guangxi province.
Carolina rainfall flooding kills 9
Nine people have been killed after "unprecedented" floods swept through the US states of North and South Carolina. South Carolina schools were shut on Monday and several motorways were closed as rain continued to fall. One weather station in Columbia - South Carolina's capital - recorded 17 inches (43cm) in as many hours on Sunday.
French floods French Riviera
Nineteen people are feared dead after violent storms and severe flooding swept the French Riviera, including three people who drowned in a retirement home after a river broke its banks.
Hurricane batters Bahamas
Hurricane Joaquin has brought heavy rains and winds to parts of the Bahamas after it was reclassified up to the second strongest type of storm. Sustained winds of up to 210 km/h (130mph) were reported in parts of the eastern Bahamas, the US National Hurricane Centre said. The NHC says Joaquin could affect the US East Coast by Sunday, and said it was now an "extremely dangerous" storm. Emergency teams said there were no reports of casualties in the Bahamas.
Guangxi parcel bombs
Chinese authorities are investigating a fresh explosion in Guangxi province, a day after a series of parcel bombs killed seven people. The blast took place at an apartment block at 08:00 local time (00:00 GMT) in Liucheng county, said state media. Seventeen separate parcel explosions hit Liucheng on Wednesday. Earlier reports said a suspect, believed to have been behind the bombs, had been arrested. But local media now say he has only been identified. 
Hurricane off the Bahamas
Storm Joaquin has strengthened into a hurricane, the third of the Atlantic season, the US National Hurricane Center announced on Wednesday. At 15:00 GMT on Wednesday, Joaquin was 345km (215 miles) east-north-east of the central Bahamas, which it could reach later on Wednesday or Thursday. 
Typhoon approaches Taiwan
Thousands of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands of troops are on standby ahead of Typhoon Dujuan's arrival in Taiwan. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau upgraded Dujuan to a "strong typhoon" on Sunday - also known as "super typhoon" by some weather agencies. Landfall in Taiwan is expected at 23:00 local time (15:00 GMT), bringing heavy rain and high winds. The storm is expected to weaken before reaching mainland China on Tuesday. 
Saudi Arabia stampede kills 717
At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say. Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite. It is the deadliest incident to occur during the pilgrimage in 25 years. Preparations for the Hajj were marred when a crane collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque this month, killing 109 people. 
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, have agreed to "a progressive normalisation" of their common border. Venezuela closed parts of the border a month ago and launched a major anti-smuggling operation. 
Syrian government war planes have launched one of the heaviest bombardments yet on the city of Palmyra, which is held by Islamic State (IS) militants, activists say. About 25 air strikes left at least 26 people dead, including 12 militants, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. IS captured Palmyra, which includes a Unesco World Heritage site, in May. Elsewhere, air strikes on Idlib killed 17 people, the Observatory said. The city of Idlib is a stronghold of an alliance of jihadist and Islamist groups calling itself the Army of Conquest. 
Israel has deployed hundreds of extra police to Jerusalem after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and security forces. Much of the tension has focused on the al-Aqsa mosque compound, a hugely important site in Islam and Judaism. The militant Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas had called for a "day of rage" over al-Aqsa. Palestinians have also been angered by Israeli plans that could allow police to open fire on stone-throwers. 
Chile declares state of emergency
Chile's government has declared a state of emergency in a central region struck by a powerful earthquake. At least 11 people died in Wednesday's 8.3-magnitude quake - the strongest in the world this year - that sent tsunami waves as far away as Japan. The coastal town of Coquimbo, close to the epicentre, saw waves of 4.7m (15ft) hit the shore. 
Finland strike shuts down ports
A widespread anti-austerity strike in Finland has shut down ports and disrupted flights in the country, news agencies have reported. Finnair, the national carrier, has cancelled 16 domestic flights and delays are expected. Trains and city buses have stopped running, but ferries, including those to Sweden and Estonia, are operational. Strikers are protesting against government cutbacks, including limits to benefits and overtime pay. 
Chile quake triggers mass evacuation
One million people had to leave their homes in Chile after a powerful quake hit the country's central region. At least eight people died when the 8.3-magnitude quake hit. One person is still missing. Residents of Illapel, near the quake's epicentre, fled into the streets in terror as their homes began to sway. In the coastal town of Coquimbo, waves of 4.7m (15ft) hit the shore. A tsunami alert was issued for the entire Chilean coast but has since been lifted. 
South Sudan tanker blast kills 170
At least 170 people have been killed after an oil tanker exploded in South Sudan, a presidential spokesman said. The tanker had veered off the road in Maridi, Western Equatoria state, and local residents were siphoning off the fuel when the vehicle exploded, Ateny Wek Ateny said. At least 50 people are reported to have been injured. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed, and state officials have appealed to the Red Cross and the UN for help. 
Migrants break through Croatian police lines
Crowds of migrants crossing from Serbia have broken through riot police lines on the Croatian border at Tovarnik. Croatia is struggling to deal with at least 6,000 arrivals since Wednesday morning after Hungary closed its border with Serbia, blocking the previous route into the European Union. Croatian officials say migrants must apply for asylum there or be treated as illegal immigrants. 
Burkina Faso coup
Presidential guard officers in Burkina Faso have seized power in a coup, with reports of more than 10 deaths amid protests in the capital, Ouagadougou. A close ally of former President Blaise Compaore has been named the country's new leader, state television reports. French President Francois Hollande condemned the coup in the former French colony. Those killed were shot dead by presidential guard forces in the capital, a civil society group said. 
Utah flash flooding kills 16
Flash floods have killed at least 16 people in the US state of Utah, with one person still missing. Twelve of 16 people in two vehicles swept away on Monday by a wall of water in Hildale were killed. Three children survived. One person is missing. Hildale once served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. Four hikers from a group of seven were also killed in Zion National Park, swept away by floods that coursed through a narrow canyon. 
French Alps avalanche kills seven
Seven climbers have been killed and another seriously injured in avalanche in the Pelvoux region of the French Alps, officials say. The avalanche happened at around midday local time (10:00 GMT) on the 4,000m-high (13,000ft) Dome de Neige des Ecrins mountain, according to reports. Foreigners are among the dead but nationalities are yet to be revealed. 
Delhi battles dengue fever surge
The Indian capital, Delhi, is in the grip of the worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years, officials say. More than 1,800 cases have been recorded in recent weeks, compared to 1,695 cases for all of 2010. Five deaths have been reported so far. The mosquito that carries the dengue virus breeds in containers with clear, stagnant water. 
Smoke from huge forest fires in Indonesia has created a cloud of smog over the country, which has spread over neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore. The fires, which happen every year, are caused by slash-and-burn clearances on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Paper and palm oil companies have been widely blamed for the practice. 
California declares wildfire emergency
The governor of California has declared a state of emergency after wildfires forced thousands of people to flee their homes in the north of the state. Governor Jerry Brown said the fires, which have left one person dead, destroyed and threatened buildings in the Napa and Lake counties. More than 1,300 people fled Middletown, north of San Francisco, as their homes were consumed by the flames. 
Egypt has apologised after 12 people, including eight Mexican tourists, were mistakenly killed by security forces in an anti-terror operation. The group had permission to travel to a remote area of the Western Desert, tourism officials said. However the interior ministry insists they entered a restricted area. Egypt has been battling Islamist militants for years, with attacks escalating since the 2013 ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. 
EU states imposing border checks
More EU countries have said they are imposing border checks to deal with an influx of migrants. Austria, Slovakia and the Netherlands said they would tighten controls, hours after Germany imposed checks on its border with Austria. It comes as EU interior ministers hold talks in Brussels on the crisis. 
Clashes at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque
Israeli police clashed with Palestinian youths after entering the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem. Police say they entered the site "to prevent riots". They were reported to have used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, and were attacked with rocks and fireworks. Similar clashes took place at the end of July. Al-Aqsa is one of Islam's holiest sites and is in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site also revered by Jews. The holy compound is a source of religious and political tension between Israel and the Palestinians, and a frequent flashpoint for violence. 
Moldova braces for another protest
Protesters in Moldova are preparing to hold another large anti-corruption demonstration in the capital, Chisinau. They are demanding the government's resignation and early elections over a $1bn (£655m) bank fraud. Last week, tens of thousands of people protested against the failure of the authorities to hold to account those responsible for the disappearance of the cash from the country's banks. They argue that their living standards have been damaged by the fraud. The state was forced to bail three banks out last year after the money vanished from their coffers. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe and the fraud has resulted in a depreciation of the national currency, the leu. 
Restaurant blast in India kills 82
At least 82 people have been killed in a powerful explosion that tore through a restaurant in Petlawad in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, officials say. It was packed with workers and schoolchildren eating breakfast. The exact cause of the blast is unclear. Police first said a cooking gas cylinder exploded, and later added that explosives being stored nearby may also have caught fire. Rescue efforts are continuing and nearby buildings have been evacuated. At least 35 people are in hospital with injuries, officials say. Police have struggled to keep hundreds of onlookers and people looking for their relatives away from the site, officers told the Associated Press news agency. The restaurant was close to a busy bus stop. The blast knocked down a neighbouring building and damaged several others. 
Turkey lifts curfew on Kurdish city
Turkey has lifted a week-long curfew imposed on the predominantly Kurdish south-eastern city of Cizre, media reports say. Cizre was sealed off since last Friday after the Turkish army launched an operation against Kurdish militants there. Civilian casualties have been reported and there are concerns about food shortages. The Council of Europe has asked Turkey to allow access to observers. 
Bomb blast hits Nigeria refugee camp
At least three people have died when a bomb exploded at a camp in north-eastern Nigeria for people who have fled their homes because of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. Emergency services told the AFP news agency that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device. It occurred at the Malkohi camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Yola in Adamawa state. Yola has been seen as a relative safe place for those fleeing the violence. Two million people have been forced from their homes since the militants launched their insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009. According to Amnesty International, at least 17,000 people have been killed in the conflict. 
Japan rescues continue amid floods
Rescue work is continuing across northeast Japan, where at least three people have died in severe flooding and many remain stranded. Twenty-four people are still missing and at least 27 people have been injured, eight seriously. Officials have warned of further heavy rain and the risk of mudslides, as the extreme weather moves north. The torrential rain was caused by a severe tropical storm, which hit Japan earlier this week. 
Kenyan men arrested with bomb in Nairobi
Three men have been arrested at a shopping centre in Kenya's capital with a suspected explosive device, which has since been detonated in a controlled explosion, police say. The Garden City Mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in the city, has also been evacuated. One of the men refused to be searched by security guards and was overpowered in a scuffle, a witness said.
Japan reopens radiation-hit town
Japan is inviting residents to return to a town evacuated in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Naraha is the first town to allow people to return permanently, following several years of decontamination work. But many say they are not ready to come back, and only a fraction have returned for brief stays since a trial period began in April. The Fukushima Daiichi plant suffered a series of meltdowns following a massive earthquake and tsunami. After the disaster, all of Naraha's 7,400 residents moved out. The town, about 20km (12 miles) south of the nuclear plant, is seen as a test case for the return of evacuated residents. Authorities in Naraha are issuing people with devices to check radiation levels and have been rebuilding local services, including shops and clinics. Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto said the lifting of the evacuation order was "just a start". 
Tajikistan clashes leave 10 dead
Gun battles in and around Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe have killed at least 10 people. Officials blamed sacked Deputy Defence Minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, saying he was leading a "terrorist group". They also said that two of the attackers were killed. US embassy said it had closed and warned that the clashes "may be precursors to other acts of violence". In a statement given to a state-owned news agency, the interior ministry said that early on Friday morning an "organised criminal group" had launched armed attacks on Vahdat's internal affairs department and on the central government building in Dushanbe. The unrest is rare for Tajikistan and comes after recent renewed controversy of the role of Islam in public life in the country, which is majority Muslim but has had a secular political order since independence. 
Tanzania Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Tanzania to the upcoming general elections scheduled for October 25, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on November 30, 2015. 
Burkina Faso Travel Alert
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of travel to Burkina Faso during the October/November election season. This Travel Alert expires on November 30, 2015. 
Migrants refuse to leave train near Hungary
Scuffles have broken out west of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, after police tried to force migrants off a train at a refugee camp. Amid chaotic scenes, police ordered journalists from the scene at Bicske, declaring it an "operation zone". The train had left Budapest hours after police let migrants into the railway station following a two-day stand-off.
Denali name restored
After decades of controversy, the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, has been changed back to its original native Alaskan, Denali. Denali translates as High One or Great One and is used widely by locals. The 20,237ft (6,168m) peak was named by a gold prospector in 1896 after he heard that William McKinley had been nominated to become the US president.
Deadly protest in Ukraine
One national guard member has been killed and about 100 injured in violent protests outside Ukraine's parliament, the interior ministry said. Clashes between nationalists and riot police erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in the rebel-held east. National guardsmen were pelted with fire crackers and petrol bombs as explosions were heard.
Saudi Arabia sees Mers surge
Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing the number of deaths in the past week to 17. Health officials admit they are worried by the timing, as the kingdom prepares to welcome around two million Muslims for the Hajj next month. Mers infections have been recorded in countries across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The virus first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012. 
Germany arson destroys planned asylum shelter
Police in Germany say a school sports hall intended as a temporary shelter for asylum seekers has burned down in a suspected arson attack. Investigators believe the fire in Nauen, west of Berlin, was started deliberately. No-one was injured. Far-right protesters have demonstrated against asylum seekers in the area. 
Sierra Leone discharges last Ebola patient
Sierra Leone has released its last known Ebola patient, according to the World Health Organization. 35-year-old Adama Sankoh was discharged from a treatment centre in the northern Bombali district on Monday morning. The country hasn't reported a new infection for more than two weeks, according the the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC). However, a small number of cases are still being reported in neighbouring Guinea.
Deal to reduce Korea tensions
Nepal clashes leave eight dead
Violent clashes at a protest in western Nepal have killed at least seven police officers and a child. The ethnic Tharu protesters were at a rally in Kailali district in the Far Western region, demanding greater rights under a new constitution. Nepal's Home Minister Bamdev Gautam said protesters had encircled police, attacking them with spears and axes and burning one man alive. 
Palmyra temple blown up by IS
Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra's ancient Temple of Baalshamin, Syrian officials and activists say. Syria's head of antiquities was quoted as saying the temple was blown up on Sunday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that it happened a month ago.
The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. As of 22 August 2015, the Colombia- Venezuela border is closed until further notice by president Maduro. The Venezuelan president said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities in the state of Tachira. 
Macedonian police clash with migrants
Macedonian police have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of migrants trying to enter from Greece. It comes a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency in two border regions to cope with an influx of migrants, many from the Middle East. Large numbers spent the night stuck on Macedonia's southern frontier, and tried to charge police in the morning. The Balkan nation has become a major transit point for migrants trying to reach northern EU members. Some 44,000 people have reportedly travelled through the country in the past two months. At least five people were injured in the clashes at the border with Greece. 
IS destroys monastery in Syrian town
Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have demolished a Christian monastery in al-Qaryatain town in Homs province. The militants had also moved Christians taken captive in the town to their stronghold of Raqqa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group. IS captured Qaryatain from government forces earlier in August. Separately, at least four people have died in an Israeli strike on a Syrian-held section of the Golan Heights. 
New fires burn at China blast site
Four new fires are burning at the site in the Chinese city of Tianjin where blasts killed at least 116 people, the state-run Xinhua news agency says. One of the fires started at an automobile distribution site not far from the epicentre of the blasts. Three other fires were burning within the core blast site, and rescue crews have been dispatched to the scene. Sixty people are still missing after the 12 August blasts, which also injured at least 700. Thousands of people saw their homes destroyed or made too unsafe to return to. Authorities have promised to compensate residents. The blasts happened at a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals in Tianjin's port. What caused them is still unclear and a massive clean-up is continuing, with thousands of police and soldiers deployed. Officials say the blast site is contaminated by more than 40 dangerous substances, among them the highly toxic sodium cyanide. 
South Korea evacuation after shelling on western border
South Korea has ordered the evacuation of residents from an area of its western border after an exchange of fire with North Korea, reports say. North Korea fired a shell at a South Korean military unit on Thursday, prompting the south to retaliate with several artillery rounds, the South's defence ministry said. South Korea's National Security Council is due to hold an emergency session.
Yosemite plague closes camp ground
US health officials have closed a portion of Yosemite National Park after it emerged that a second tourist might have contracted plague. Authorities believe the disease, which is treatable with antibiotics, was spread by squirrels and fleas. The tourist's camp site - the Tuolumne Meadows Campground - will be closed until Friday as workers treat the area with insecticide.
Ecuador volcano poses threat
Hundreds of thousands of people living south of the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, could be at risk from an eruption of the Cotopaxi volcano, officials say. The volcano, located about 50km (30 miles) from the city, last erupted on Saturday, prompting President Rafael Correa to declare a state of emergency. Risk Management Minister Maria del Pilar Cornejo said 325,000 people lived in areas that could lie in the path of mud and rock flows from the Cotopaxi.
A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. 
Shelling in east Ukraine kills nine
At least nine people have died in heavy exchanges of artillery fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia said the latest fighting suggested preparations for a new offensive by the Ukrainians. But Kiev accused the rebels of shelling the outskirts of Mariupol - a key port city - from 12km (7.4 miles) away. The latest escalation in eastern Ukraine has left the ceasefire signed in February looking more fragile than ever. 
Mass protests held across Brazil
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests across Brazil calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Support for Ms Rousseff has fallen to single-digit figures in recent polls. Many voters have accused her of failing to stamp out corruption and blame her for the economy's worst slump in 25 years. Marchers took over Copacabana beach in Rio and also demonstrated outside congress in the capital Brasilia. Many wore the yellow shirts of the Brazilian football team, and sang the national anthem, carrying banners saying "Dilma Out". About 350,000 people took part in protests in Sao Paulo, police say. Another 25,000 people took part in a demonstration in the capital, Brasilia. 
Ecuador declares volcano emergency
Ecuador President Rafael Correa has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital, Quito. The declaration gives authorities more flexibility in using government funds to address the situation. Officials evacuated several hundred people from nearby villages after the volcano began to erupt on Friday. Cotopaxi is among the world's most dangerous volcanoes and is prone to fast-moving rock and mud flows. Small eruptions have already shot ash more than 5km (three miles) into the sky, spreading fine grey powder over as far as the capital 50km (30 miles) to the north. Authorities have restricted access to the park that surrounds the volcano and barred mountaineers from climbing the snow-capped peak. Cotopaxi last had a major eruption in 1877. 
Bulls kill 7 at Spain summer festivals
Bulls have gored seven people to death during festivals across Spain since the beginning of July - four of them over the past weekend. The deaths occurred during bull-running in the streets, not in bullrings. It is an unusually high number of fatalities for such a short period. 
The US has reopened its embassy in Cuba more than 54 years after it was closed, in a symbolic step signalling the warming of ties between both countries. John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years, presided over the ceremony in Havana. The US flag was presented by the same US marines who brought it down in 1961. 
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning after torrential downpours and thunderstorms caused disruption across south-east England. Fire crews in Kent and Sussex were called to several houses struck by lightning during the storms. Flooding has forced play to be suspended at the Women's Ashes Test at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury. The amber "be prepared" warning comes as a second cluster of thundery downpours is expected later. 
China Tianjin blast
A massive explosion has hit China's northern port city of Tianjin, reportedly injuring scores of people. According to Chinese state media, the explosion occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up at about 23:30 (16:30 GMT). Pictures and video shared on social media showed flames lighting up the sky and damage to nearby buildings. At least 50 people have been admitted to hospital, according to state news agency Xinhua. 
Egypt heatwave leaves 61 people dead
A heatwave in Egypt has killed at least 61 people in three days, the health ministry says, as temperatures soared to 47C (116F). Forty died after suffering heatstroke on Sunday and Monday, and another 21 died on Tuesday, state media reported. Another 581 people have been admitted to hospital with heat exhaustion. Most of the victims were elderly, but local media reports said that they also included several detainees and patients at a psychiatric hospital. 
Series of attacks in Turkey
Six members of the security forces have been killed in a series of attacks in Turkey amid rising tension between the government and Kurdish militants. In south-eastern Sirnak province, four police officers were killed by a roadside bomb and a soldier died when gunmen fired on a military helicopter. In Istanbul, a police officer was killed in clashes after a car bombing. Meanwhile, the city's US consulate was attacked by two assailants. A leftist group said it carried out that attack. 
China typhoon leaves trail of damage
At least 12 people have died in south-eastern China after a powerful typhoon caused floods and mudslides.Thousands were evacuated and millions of homes left without power as Typhoon Soudelor barrelled through Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on Saturday. One coastal area saw more than 50cm (20 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the heaviest for a century.The typhoon earlier swept across Taiwan, leaving at least six people dead and several missing. Half-a-million people were still without power on the island on Sunday, the Taiwan Power Co said. Soudelor has now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads inland. Fujian raised its typhoon alert to the highest level in anticipation of the storm, with at least 163,000 people evacuated to higher ground. There are reports of more evacuations in neighbouring Zhejiang. In Fujian's main city Fuzhou, more than 10,000 trees were blown down and there was widespread flooding.Rail services and flights were cancelled in the path of the storm, and schools and offices closed. 
Several dead as Mali siege ends
At least 13 people are thought to have been killed, including five UN workers, in a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sevare. A further four UN workers survived by hiding in cupboards for almost 24 hours as the attack unfolded. The suspected Islamist gunmen had retreated to the hotel after attacking a nearby army base. The siege was ended after government troops stormed the building early on Saturday. No group has said it carried out the attack. Four of the gunmen are dead and seven have been arrested, while four Malian soldiers were said to have been killed in the attack and eight wounded. Mali has been fighting Islamist rebels in the north for a number of years. The UN force in Mali took over responsibility for security in the country from French troops in July 2013. France, the former colonial power in Mali, intervened in the country after Islamist militants threatened to march on Bamako in January 2013. 
Violence mars delayed Haiti poll
Haitians have been voting in long-delayed parliamentary elections, but the vote has been marred by sporadic violence and lengthy delays. Three polling stations in the capital Port-au-Prince had to close after fights broke out. Voters at other stations grew frustrated after they opened late. The elections had been repeatedly postponed since 2011, with President Michel Martelly ruling by decree since January. An unidentified gang threw bottles and stones at one polling station in Port-au-Prince, forcing the suspension of voting. Local media reported on other closures across the country. 
Yemen crisis: Rebels 'driven out of key city
Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, are reported to have retaken the city of Zinjibar from Houthi rebels. Zinjibar is the capital of the southern Abyan province and has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent days. Its loss would be another big blow to the rebels in the wake of the recapture of Yemen's second city, Aden, by pro-government militias last month. Residents of the coastal town who were forced to flee began returning on Sunday, a humanitarian official told the AFP news agency. At least 19 people were killed and more than 150 injured in fighting over the weekend in Zinjibar and the surrounding area, according to Aden health chief Al-Khader Laswar. 
Spain wildfires threaten homes
Wildfires have forced more than 1,400 people to leave their homes in western Spain as dry, hot conditions spark warnings in other European countries. Towns and campsites have been evacuated as planes and helicopters help to tackle the blaze in Spain's Sierra de Gata mountain area. Nearly 80% of neighbouring Portugal is experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions, experts say.
Myanmar calls for more evacuations
Myanmar's president has called for people to leave low-lying areas in the flood-hit country as the Irrawaddy river threatens to breach embankments. The death toll from the floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rain has risen to 74 and affected more than 330,000, officials say. Four areas have been declared disaster zones with widespread flooding. The government, which admits being weak in its response to the disaster, has appealed for international aid.
Egypt launches Suez Canal expansion
Egypt has opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal, which deepens the main waterway and provides ships with a 35km (22 mile) channel parallel to it. At the inauguration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed foreign leaders aboard a historic yacht as helicopters and fighter jets flew by. The expansion aims to increase the traffic handled by the canal. Egypt's government hopes the revenues will revive the economy - but analysts have questioned the projections.
Trains derail in India flash flood
Two passenger trains in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed minutes apart on a flooded bridge, killing at least 24 people, officials say. The trains were passing each other near the town of Harda when a flash flood triggered by heavy rain struck the bridge, reports said. The tracks collapsed and some of the carriages were submerged. Officials say at least 25 people have been injured and another 300 rescued. The Kamayani Express travelling to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed first, while the Janata Express travelling in the opposite direction derailed shortly after. It was not clear how many people were on both trains.
California fires lead to evacuations for 13,000
Evacuation orders have been given to 13,000 people in California as firefighters struggle to contain some 20 wildfires. Some 9,000 firefighters worked throughout Monday in steep terrain and rugged conditions, officials said. The biggest blaze - the so-called Rocky fire north of San Francisco - has already consumed more than 90 square miles (233 sq km) of land. On Monday afternoon the fire jumped a highway that had been containing it.
Delta, United and American ban hunting trophies
Delta, United and American Airlines have banned the shipment of big-game trophies on flights after the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. The airlines announced that they would no longer transport lion, rhinoceros, leopard, elephant or buffalo remains. They have not, however, given official reasons for their announcements. Delta flies direct to a number of African cities and was subjected to an online petition to ban such shipments. American Airlines and United fly to fewer sub-Saharan cities than Delta, but United said in a tweet its decision to stop carrying trophies was "effective immediately". United spokesman Charles Hobart said: "We felt it made sense to do so." 
French beach reopens
A beach in the south of France that was closed for the Saudi king has reopened after he cut his holiday short. King Salman had been due to stay for three weeks on the French Riviera, but left after only eight days to travel to Tangiers in Morocco. A public beach in Vallauris was closed for the king's visit, causing an uproar among locals. But the beach was reopened on Monday morning, and a lift installed for the king was being dismantled. 
California wildfire doubles in size
A wildfire raging through northern California more than doubled in size on its fifth day on Sunday, expanding to 84 square miles (220 sq km). The blaze, in Lake County north of San Francisco, has destroyed 24 homes and displaced about 12,000 residents. It is just one of 21 fires across the drought-ridden state being battled by about 9,000 firefighters. California is in the fourth year of a severe drought which has left the state vulnerable to brushfires. 
India floods kill more than 100
Heavy monsoon rains in India have killed more than 100 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps, India's home ministry has said. A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in flood-related incidents. More than 200,000 people have moved to relief camps. India regularly witnesses severe floods during the monsoon season. In Myanmar (also known as Burma), floods have left at least 47 dead. 
Myanmar flood death toll to rise
The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the coming days, the United Nations has warned. Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy floods, caused by monsoon rains, left at least 27 people dead. But rescue teams have not yet reached many areas and are still awaiting reports on the worst-hit regions. In the neighbouring eastern Indian state of Manipur, a landslide buried a village, killing at least 21 people. Wind and rain from Cyclone Komen added to damage. Heavy rains are expected in many states, including Chin, Rakhine and Magwe, over the next two days, forecasters say. Thousands of people are sheltering in Buddhist monasteries, but one report said people from the Rohingya Muslim minority were turned away from some shelters. The Burma Times said security forces turned away Rohingya Muslims from abandoned schools and community centres in Rakhine. More than half a million acres of rice paddy fields have been flooded, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said. 
Suicide attack hits Turkish troops
Two Turkish security troops have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the regional governor's office says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station, reports by Turkish media say. The attack happened early on Sunday near the town of Dogubayezit in Agri province, near the border with Iran. Since 24 July, Turkey has carried out hundreds of air raids on PKK bases on both sides of the Iraq-Turkey border. Images in the Turkish press showed a badly-damaged building with the roof destroyed. 
20 die and many displaced in Myanmar floods
More than 20 people have died and others are missing after weeks of unrelenting rain caused flash flooding in Myanmar. Severe weather in the north and west of the country also led to landslides, trapping many people in remote towns and villages. One report said up to 150,000 people had been displaced or had their livelihoods affected. More torrential rain is expected in the coming days. 
Ebola vaccine is potential game-changer
A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. There were no proven drugs or vaccines against the virus at the start of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which began in Guinea in December 2013. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the findings, being published in the Lancet, could be a "game-changer". 
'Repeat attack' at Jerusalem Gay Pride
Police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. A police spokesperson identified the suspect as the same man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005. Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that attack and was released from prison three weeks ago. Two of the injured are in a serious condition, the city's ambulance service said. Eyewitnesses told Israel's Haaretz newspaper that the attacker emerged behind marchers and began stabbing them while screaming, before being tackled by a police officer. 
Deadly landslides hit Nepal villages
At least 29 people have been killed after torrential rain triggered landslides in western Nepal, officials say, with fears the toll could rise. Dozens are missing in villages near Pokhara, more than 200km (124 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. Annual monsoon rains often trigger landslides in Nepal's mountain areas and flooding in the south. In the village of Lumle - 15 km (9 miles) from the start of the Annapurna Circuit hiking route - about half of the homes were buried or destroyed by the torrent of mud and rocks. The rescue efforts were hampered by continuing rain. About 100,000 tourists visit the area every year to walk the Annapurna route. The risk of landslides during the current rainy season is higher than usual because of two powerful earthquakes in the region earlier this year which killed nearly 9,000 people. 
Rio 2016 facing pollution challenge
Cleaning up the polluted bay where sailing and windsurfing competitions will be held at Rio 2016 remains a serious challenge, the International Olympic Committee president has said. Sailors in Guanabara Bay have reported seeing pollution including furniture and floating animal carcasses. Nearly 70% of sewage in the Brazilian city is spilled raw into its waters. Rio state government has already said it will miss its target of reducing pollution in Guanabara bay by 80%. 
France sends extra police to Channel Tunnel
France says it is sending 120 extra police officers to Calais, as migrants heading for Britain said they will keep trying to get into the Channel Tunnel. Migrants told the BBC going in groups of up to 400 gave them the best chance, despite one man dying there on Tuesday. Severe delays are affecting travellers on both sides of the tunnel. And Operation Stack is due to last all week with 3,600 lorries queuing on the M20. 
French fires lead to evacuation
Around 10,000 tourists have been evacuated from campsites in the French region of Provence after wildfires made worse by hot winds. The tourists had to leave three sites in the Var area of Provence, in the south of France, on Monday. At one site near the town of Frejus, 30 mobile homes were destroyed, AFP says. President Francois Hollande had visited the area before the fires broke out to observe a fire-fighting exercise and warned of the need for "vigilance". 
9 killed in Indian police station siege
Nine people have died in the Indian state of Punjab after a siege at a police station was brought to an end by security forces. All three attackers were killed, along with six other people, including the Punjab state police superintendent. The attackers first hijacked a car then opened fire at a bus station before entering the police station in Gurdaspur district, officials said. Police believe that the attackers are from Indian-administered Kashmir. 
Bomb kills soldiers in tense Turkey
A car bomb attack on a military convoy in south-eastern Turkey has killed two soldiers and injured four others, Turkish officials say.The explosion late on Saturday happened in the town of Lice in Diyarbakir, the province governor's office said.The attack came after Turkey bombed Kurdish separatist camps in northern Iraq - the first such strikes since a peace process began in 2012. No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack. 
New attack hits north Cameroon
A suicide attack in the northern Cameroon town of Maroua is reported to have left at least 19 people dead, including the bomber. Many others are thought to have been injured in the blast near a popular bar. It comes three days after a double suicide blast in Maroua that killed at least 13 people. Officials suspect that the militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is behind the attacks. Military sources said the latest attack took place in the Pont Vert district of Maroua. The Cameroonian army uses the town of Maroua as the headquarters for its operations against the group, as part of a multinational force battling the militants in neighbouring parts of Nigeria. 
British Airways stops flights to Uganda's Entebbe airport
British Airways has said it is stopping all flights to and from Uganda as they are "no longer commercially viable". The last flight out from Entebbe airport to London's Heathrow will depart on 3 October 2015, the UK carrier said.
New York backs down in Uber fight
New York City has backed down in a row with taxi hailing app Uber, dropping plans to limit the number of cars it operates in the City. Instead of the cap, Uber has agreed to take part in a four-month study looking at the impact of its cars on traffic and pollution in the city. In return, New York said it would not impose a car limit for this period. The move comes the day before a city council vote, which could have seen the cap imposed.
Cuba and the US have formally restored diplomatic relations after an agreement struck last year putting aside decades of hostility came into force. Just after midnight local time, the diplomatic missions of each country became full embassies. US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez later in the day in Washington, D.C..
28 killed in Turkey border blast
A suspected suicide attack has killed at least 28 people and wounded nearly 100 others in the Turkish town of Suruc near the Syrian border. The blast occurred in the garden of a cultural centre at about 09:00 GMT, the interior ministry said. Hundreds of young people were staying there to assist in rebuilding work in the nearby Syrian town of Kobane. Turkish officials have said initial evidence indicates it was a suicide attack by the Islamic State (IS) group. 
Hurricane strengthens off Mexican west coast
Hurricane Dolores is gaining strength off Mexico's Pacific Coast, meteorologists say. The US National Hurricane Center said Dolores had reached a category four strength, the second highest. At 09:00GMT it was 515km (320 miles) south of Cabo San Lucas. Dolores was moving west-northwest, raising hopes that Mexico's Pacific coast would be spared major damage, although swells were already reaching parts of Baja California peninsula. 
Australia cold snap brings snow
South-east Australia has shivered through some of its coldest weather in decades, thanks to an icy cold snap. Strong winds and snowfall hit Victoria, New South Wales (NSW), and even the "Sunshine state" Queensland saw snow. 
Paris police hunt armed attackers
French police are hunting for three armed men who stormed a Primark store in a suspected robbery attempt north of Paris. The gunmen fled the scene after special forces evacuated 18 people trapped inside the Qwartz shopping centre in Villeneuve-la-Garenne. None of those released 18 people was injured. The area around the shopping centre has been shut down. 
Bomb damages ancient Aleppo citadel
A bomb explosion has caused part of the walls of Aleppo's ancient citadel to collapse. Built in the 13th Century, it overlooks Aleppo's Old City and is part of a UN-listed World Heritage site. Syrian government forces have been using the citadel as a military position. Government and rebel forces have been fighting for control of the city for over three years. It is not known which side caused the explosion. Fighting on the ground and government air strikes have left thousands dead, and destroyed more than 60% of the Old City. 
Ash causes fresh Bali disruption
The airport on the Indonesian island of Bali has been forced to shut again due to ash from a volcanic eruption, authorities say. The transport ministry said Denpasar airport would remain closed until at least 16:00 (08:00 GMT). Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week, raising concerns it could interfere with aircraft safety. Bali is a top destination for tourists and many have been stranded. The airport had been reopened on Saturday as the ash lifted but the wind has now brought it back. "We will continue to monitor developments and decide if the closure will be extended later," transport ministry spokesman JA Barata told Agence France-Presse. 
Mexico volcano triggers evacuations
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from villages around a volcano in western Mexico amid fears of a major eruption. Ash from the Colima volcano is falling on local communities, and authorities have sealed off a 12km (7.5 mile) area. The local airport has also been closed. Mexico's interior ministry said the volcano was showing signs similar to a major eruption in 1913. Activity at the volcano began to intensify last Thursday. Since then, explosions have been heard on its southern and south-western slopes and columns of ash have spewed 2.8km into the sky. "The communities in this 12km radius are very small and don't exceed 800 inhabitants. They have all been evacuated," said civil protection co-ordinator Luis Felipe Puente. The village of Yerbabuena, at the foot of the mountain, was said to be buried in up to 5cm (nearly two inches) of ash. Rain was making conditions worse. The Colima volcano is also known in Mexico as the Volcano of Fire. 
Powerful typhoon hits China coast
Powerful typhoon Chan-hom has made landfall along the coast of China's eastern Zhejiang province. Almost one million people have been evacuated from coastal areas in anticipation of a typhoon carrying wind speeds of 173km/h (107mph). Some 100mm of rain has fallen since Friday. Chan-hom is now heading north past the city of Shanghai. The typhoon hit Taiwan and Japan earlier in the week, uprooting trees and injuring several people. Chan-hom first hit Zhejiang province on an island near the city of Ningbo at around 16:40 (08:40 GMT), the National Meteorological Center said. No deaths or injuries were reported in the region by Saturday evening, state news agency Xinhua said. One village, Laiao, received more than 400mm (16in) of rain, it said. More than 400 flights have been cancelled there along with a number of public events, and the government has told people they should stay at home. 
Egypt explosion hits Italian consulate
A large explosion has severely damaged the Italian consulate in Egypt's capital, Cairo. The health ministry says at least one person has died. Four people were also injured, medical sources said. The blast was caused by a car bomb, an official told the state-run news agency Mena. No group has yet said it carried out the attack. The consulate was closed and no civilian staff members are among the injured, an official told AP. The main entrance of the building was almost totally destroyed, windows were shattered and the building was flooded after water-pipes ruptured. 
Volcanic ash causes Indonesia airport closures
Three airports in Indonesia, including in the tourist hotspot Bali, are to remain shut until at least Saturday, after a volcanic eruption. Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week, raising concerns it could interfere with aircraft safety. Bali's Denpasar airport, a top destination for Australians, was closed late on Thursday, stranding travellers. The government said this and two small airports in East Java would stay shut. 
Two hotels have been attacked in the Somali capital Mogadishu, followed by a sustained exchange of gunfire. A police officer said four people had been killed. The BBC's Moalimu Mohammed, in the city, says the two hotels were busy with people breaking their Ramadan fast when they were attacked at 18:10 local time (15:10 GMT). Islamist militant group al-Shabab has reportedly said it was behind the attack. 
Thailand has closed its embassy in Turkey following protests over Thailand's deportation of about 100 Uighurs to China. The embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have been temporarily shut after the consulate was stormed by Uighur supporters on Thursday. Rights groups have criticised the deportation of Muslim Uighurs saying they face persecution in China. China denies repressing Uighurs and called the deportees illegal migrants.
All British nationals are being urged to leave Tunisia because "a further terrorist attack is highly likely", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says. Thirty Britons were among 38 tourists killed in a gunman's attack on 26 June. The Foreign Office estimates 2,500 to 3,000 UK tourists are in Tunisia and a few hundred British residents. 
London strikes disrupt travel
Tube and train strikes have caused misery for travellers, with the entire London Underground network shut down and many rail services cancelled. London Overground, bus and boat services were much busier than usual. London Underground (LU) has contacted the conciliation service Acas to set up fresh talks with unions which are on strike over pay and night services. A separate strike at First Great Western hit travel between London, the West and Wales. Many of the staff in the Tube strike have now ended their 24-hour action, but Tube services will not resume until Friday morning.
London tube strike due to start
Tube passengers have been warned to expect "considerable" disruption ahead of strikes over pay. The industrial action affecting all Tube lines begins at 18:30 BST and finishes at 21:30 BST on Thursday. London Underground (LU) has warned commuters there could be no services at all on Thursday as a result of the walk-out. Strikes were called after LU and unions failed to agree a pay deal over new Night Tube services. 
Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants. It would stretch 160km (100 miles) inland from the coast, and be completed by the end of 2015, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told state TV. The gunman who killed 38 people in an attack on a beach resort is believed to have received training in Libya. 
Philippines confirms new Mers case
Philippine authorities have confirmed the country's second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), in a foreigner who arrived from Dubai. Health officials said the 36-year-old man tested positive last Saturday and has been quarantined near Manila. In February, a Filipino nurse who returned home after working in the Middle East was found with the virus, but later recovered. Mers, which has no known cure, has killed nearly 500 people worldwide. 
Pope to draw huge crowds in Ecuador
Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in the Ecuadorean port city of Guayaquil on Monday to greet Pope Francis. The Pope arrived in Ecuador on Sunday on the first leg of his three-country trip to Latin America which will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay. It is his second visit to the region since becoming pontiff in 2013. City officials said a million visitors had travelled to Guayaquil to see the Pope. 
Jos blasts kill scores
Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say. A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night. No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east Nigeria where the Islamists normally operate. 
Champagne granted world heritage status by Unesco
The industry behind champagne production has been handed world heritage status by the United Nations' cultural arm. Unesco decided that the vineyards, wine cellars and sales houses where champagne is produced and sold were culturally significant. It was one of 11 sites given World Heritage status by Unesco at a meeting in Germany on Saturday. The status should ensure the sites receive special protection in future.
Tennessee evacuation after train derails
More than 5,000 residents of the US state of Tennessee have been evacuated after a freight train carrying toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire. The train was carrying a flammable, toxic substance called acrylonitrile when it came off the rails near Maryville, just outside Knoxville. Firefighters evacuated people within a two-mile radius of the fire to prevent them breathing in the poisonous fumes. Local police said seven officers were hospitalised because of the fumes. 
Philippine ferry sinks
At least 36 people have died after a passenger ferry capsized off the coast of Leyte in the central Philippines. The Kim Nirvana was carrying 173 people when it overturned in rough waters just outside the port of Ormoc. Philippine coast guard officials told the BBC the rescue operation was ongoing but gave no further details. The chair of the Philippine Red Cross, Richard Gordon, said that between 50 and 70 people had been rescued from the boat, which was visible from the shore. 
New Ebola cases in Liberia
Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia following the death of a teenager from the virus on Sunday, officials say. The country had been declared Ebola-free more than seven weeks ago. Both of the new cases were in Nedowein, the same village where the boy died, the ministry of information says. Liberia's authorities quarantined the area after the teenager's death and said his funeral was carried out safely. 
Militants kill 40 in Nigeria
At least 40 people are reported to have been killed by Islamist militants in the north-east Nigeria town of Monguno. A local official told a BBC reporter in Abuja that they had been slaughtered; another resident said they were shot. The killings are said to have happened two days ago, but details are only now emerging. Monguno, in Borno state, had been overrun and occupied by Boko Haram fighters until they were recently driven out by the Nigerian military. 
The US and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961. Cuba said Havana and Washington will restore full diplomatic relations and open embassies on 20 July. Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo with the communist island. 
Europe hit by soaring temperatures
Parts of Europe have been hit by temperatures reaching above 40C, leading to concerns for the welfare of the young, the elderly and vulnerable. Spain and Portugal are already on alert after temperatures reached as high as 44C in the Spanish city of Cordoba earlier in the week. The hot weather has now reached France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Deadly attacks in Sinai
Islamic State militants have launched a wave of attacks on the security forces in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula. The military said 10 soldiers had been killed or wounded along with 39 "terrorists" in near-simultaneous raids on checkpoints near Sheikh Zuweid. But security and medical sources said as many as 50 soldiers had died. 
Deadly plane crash in Indonesia
More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan. The Hercules C-130 plane hit two houses and a hotel before bursting into flames, creating a huge fireball. Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told reporters he believed there were no survivors among the 113 people on board. At least 66 bodies have been recovered so far. 
Arrests over Sousse massacre
Tunisia has arrested a group of people over the massacre of 38 people, mainly tourists, by a gunman at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday, the country's interior minister has said. Mohamed Gharsalli said 1,000 troops would now be deployed to protect the country's beach resorts. Three European ministers have laid flowers at the scene of the attack in a sign of solidarity. 
27 dead in Tunisia attack
At least 27 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the interior ministry. Officials say one gunman has been shot dead and another is being pursued. Sousse is a popular tourist destination. Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militants killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis. Officials say six people have been injured in the attack. 
France has begun a terror investigation after a decapitated body was found at the scene of a suspected Islamist attack on a US-owned gas factory near the south-eastern city of Lyon. One arrested man suspected to have rammed a car into the factory had been investigated over possible ties to Islamist radicals, officials said. President Francois Hollande said the aim was to blow up the factory. Officials say the decapitated person was a local businessman. 
French taxi drivers have blocked the roads to Paris airports and the main ring road around the city in a protest against Uber, prompting riot police to fire tear gas at some. The drivers set up blockades and burned tyres as part of a nationwide strike. Barriers also appeared around Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence in southeast France. Uber, a US taxi app, has been expanding its UberPOP ride-sharing service in France despite government objections. 
Popular Sydney destination could collapse
A photogenic rock formation south of Sydney could collapse without warning, according to authorities. Wedding Cake Rock is a popular tourist attraction that was recently closed to the public. Last year, a university student died after falling from it and images of stunts performed on its edge have been widely shared on social media. Authorities said an assessment confirmed fears the formation could collapse into the ocean. 
China police checkpoint attack
A US media report says at least 18 people have been killed in the Chinese region of Xinjiang during a clash at a police checkpoint. According to US-based Radio Free Asia, ethnic Uighurs - part of China's Muslim minority - attacked the police on the outskirts of Kashgar city on Monday. The Chinese authorities have refused to comment on the incident. 
Pakistan heatwave toll nears 700
Pakistan's prime minister called for emergency measures as the death toll from a heatwave in southern Sindh province reached nearly 700. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said it had received orders from Nawaz Sharif to undertake immediate response measures. The army has also been deployed to set up heat stroke centres and assist the NDMA, it added. Many of the victims are elderly people from low income families. 
Santiago declares smog emergency
Authorities in Chile's capital Santiago have imposed emergency measures amid rising pollution. According to city officials, pollution has reached a "critical level". Under the measures, around 40% of cars with a catalyst and 80% of those without are banned from the streets from 07:30 until 21:00 on Monday. This June has been the driest since 1968 and the lack of rain has contributed to the poor air quality in the capital, officials say. 
India alcohol poisoning death toll tops 100
The death toll from alcohol poisoning in India's western city of Mumbai (Bombay) has crossed 100. Police spokesman Dhananjay Kulkarni said the number of people who had died now stood at 102, and seven people including two women had been arrested. He had earlier described the incident as the worst of its kind in the city in more than a decade. Toxic alcohol deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often drink cheap bootleg liquor. Residents of the Malad slum area fell ill after drinking the cheap homemade alcohol on Wednesday. 
Pakistan heatwave leaves 224 dead
Some 224 people are now believed to have died during a heatwave in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Health officials say most of the deaths have been in the largest city, Karachi, which has experienced temperatures as high as 45C (113F) in recent days. The city has seen power cuts caused by an increased demand for electricity because of the extreme weather. Many of the victims are elderly people who have been suffering from fever, dehydration and gastric problems. 
Afghan parliament attack ends
A co-ordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul has ended with all six gunmen killed, the interior ministry says. Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the gates, stormed the compound, then entered a building next to the chamber. Police evacuated the premises, while trying to fight the gunmen off. The Taliban say they carried out the attack to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defence minister. 
IS fighters laying mines in Palmyra
Islamic State (IS) militants have planted landmines and explosives around the ancient Palmyra ruins, according to a group that monitors the war in Syria. Activists said it was unclear whether IS had laid the bombs to destroy the ruins or make the site secure from Syrian government forces. IS fighters seized the city, which is one of the most important historic sites in the Middle East, in May. Government forces are reported to be planning a bid to recapture the site. The ancient ruins are situated in a strategically important area on the road between the capital, Damascus, and the contested eastern city of Deir al-Zour. 
Al-Shabab launch Mogadishu attack
The Somali jihadist group al-Shabab has carried out an attack in the country's capital Mogadishu. A suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a training centre for the national intelligence agency on Sunday morning.Government officials said that soldiers "foiled the attack" and at least three militants died. The militants have vowed to intensify attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday. Al-Shabab claims to have killed several intelligence officers inside the building, something the government denies. 
Thailand confirms first Mers case
Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), the deadly virus that has killed 24 people in South Korea. The man - whose name has not been released - is now in quarantine at an infectious diseases facility outside the capital Bangkok. Thai health officials said the 75-year-old from Oman was seeking treatment for a heart problem in Bangkok. Nearly 60 people who came into contact with the patient have been identified. 
Charleston shooting gunman caught
A 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been arrested. Police said Dylann Roof, of Lexington, South Carolina, was detained during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina. The gunman is reported to have sat in on a bible study meeting for a full hour before opening fire on the group. Six women and three men, including the church pastor, were killed. A hate crimes investigation has been launched.
Chad bans face veil after bombings
Chad has banned people from wearing the full-face veil, following two suicide bomb attacks on Monday. Chad's government accused Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram of the bombings which killed more than 20 people. The prime minister said the veil was used as a "camouflage" by militants and said the security forces will burn all full-face veils sold in markets. Chad is to host a new regional force set up to tackle Boko Haram.
North Korea facing major drought
North Korea says it is facing its worst drought in a century, sparking fears of worsening food shortages. State news agency KCNA said main rice-growing provinces had been badly affected and more than 30% of rice paddies were "parching up". Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans are believed to have died during a widespread famine in the 1990s. This drought is unlikely to be as deadly because of recent agricultural reforms, correspondents say. 
Sanaa mosques hit by blasts
Several mosques have been hit by a series of explosions in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, causing dozens of casualties, officials say. At least two blasts were caused by car bombs. Health and security officials said more than 20 people had died. A building reportedly used as the headquarters of Houthi rebel officials was also hit. The Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has carried out attacks in Sana'a before, said it was behind the blasts. 
South-west Mexico braces for Tropical Storm Carlos
Residents of south-west Mexico are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Carlos. Schools were ordered to stay closed and shelters have been set up in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday, but meteorologists said it could again reach hurricane-level strength by Tuesday. 
20 missing after Georgia flood
Up to 20 people are missing after a deadly flood swept through Georgia's capital Tbilisi, officials say, with some zoo animals still on the loose. As a clean-up operation began on Monday, they said the death toll rose to 13, including three zoo employees. The disaster has left dozens of families homeless and caused disruption to the city's main infrastructure. 
Mers death toll rises to 16 in South Korea outbreak
Another patient has died in South Korea amid an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing total fatalities to 16. Officials also reported five new cases in South Korea, which has the largest outbreak outside the Middle East. Officials say 150 people have now contracted the virus in South Korea. 
Teenagers injured in N Carolina shark attack
Two teenagers have been badly injured in separate shark attacks at a popular seaside resort in the United States. A 14-year-old girl was mauled while swimming off Oak Island in North Carolina on Sunday, while a 16-year-old boy was attacked on the same stretch of beach less than two hours later. Mayor Betty Wallace told Reuters that the children had both lost limbs as a results of their injuries
Thousands flee Indonesia volcano
Thousands of people living close to a volcano in Indonesia have been forced to flee their homes after it began erupting violently. Mount Sinabung, on the island of Sumatra, became active again in 2010 but there has been more activity since 2 June. Before 2010, the volcano had been dormant for more than 400 years. At least 3,000 people living near its slopes have had to leave, including 1,200 on Monday alone.
Mers S Korea: More cases anticipated
South Korea's outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is "large and complex" and more cases are expected, World Health Organization experts say. But while it was premature to declare the outbreak over, the WHO said it had "found no evidence" of the Mers virus spreading wider in the community. About 140 people have been infected since the start of the outbreak last month. Fourteen are known to have died. Experts also urged the South Korean government to stay vigilant. 
Yemen world heritage site bombed
UN heritage body Unesco has condemned destruction in "one of the world's oldest jewels" of Islamic culture in an apparent air strike in Yemen.The Old City of Sanaa, a World Heritage site, was hit in a raid on Friday morning which killed five people, residents and medics said. Residents said it was the first direct hit on old Sanaa since the bombing of Houthi rebels started in late March.The Saudi-led anti-rebel coalition has denied it carried out the bombing. .
Afgan police killed in taliban raids
Taliban fighters have overrun police checkpoints in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 officers, officials said. Dozens of militants took part in the raids in the remote and volatile Musa Qala district. The Taliban said they had killed as many as 25 officers and seized a large number of heavy weapons. The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country since the departure of most US and Nato forces last year. Police spokesman Mohammad Ismail Hotak said the attacks started late on Friday and fighting was continuing on Saturday. He said police reinforcements had been sent from other districts. 
Colombia rebels cut power to 500,000
Colombia's Farc rebels have shot dead three police officers and cut off power to almost half a million people, the military has said. The twin attacks come despite continuing peace talks between the government and the left-wing group. The negotiations aim to end a more than 50-year long conflict that has left an estimated 220,000 people dead. Last month the Farc ended a unilateral ceasefire it called, ambushing and killing 11 soldiers. President Juan Manuel Santos responded by ordering the resumption of bombing raids on rebel positions. He has called the latest attacks irrational. In the first, Farc members opened fire on police patrolling a stretch of highway, then later brought down an electricity pylon, plunging the southern region of Caqueta into darkness. Farc fighters have targeted other Colombian infrastructure recently, including roads and oil pipelines. 
Suicide attack outside Karnak temple in Luxor
Police in Egypt say they have foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, one of the country's most popular tourist sites. Three men reportedly approached a barrier at the entrance to the temple complex on Wednesday morning. When confronted by police, one of the attackers detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. A second was shot dead and a third severely wounded.
The Indian army has attacked rebel camps inside Myanmar, days after at least 20 of its soldiers were killed in an ambush on a troop convoy in north-east India, a minister has said. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the troops had destroyed two rebel camps in Myanmar and "returned safely". Senior army officer Ranbir Singh said the operation "inflicted significant casualties" on the Indian rebels. Last week's ambush occurred near the border with Myanmar in Manipur state. The Indian army had launched a massive search involving hundreds soldiers and helicopters to track down the rebels, who were reported to have crossed the porous border into Myanmar (also known as Burma) from Manipur's Chandel district after the ambush. 
Hong Kong has issued a red alert warning against travel to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(Mers) The warning means South Korea is considered to pose significant threats to tourism, and Hong Kong residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel. South Korea confirmed a seventh death from the Mers infection on Tuesday, and 95 infections. The outbreak is the biggest since Mers was first detected in the Middle East.
Nigeria's military has begun moving its headquarters to the northern town of Maiduguri, it says, close to the centre of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. The move would "add impetus and renewed vigour" to the fight against terrorism, a military statement said. A military advance team began work in Maiduguri on Monday, the statement said, as part of plans to move the command and control centre from Abuja.
President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible "full-scale invasion" from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed. Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas west of Donetsk on Wednesday.
Dozens of bodies recovered from Chinese ship
Rescuers have pulled dozens of bodies from a capsized cruise ship in China's Yangtze River, as authorities promised "no cover-up" over the disaster. Hundreds of people are thought to have died, with only 14 of the 456 passengers known to have survived. Rescue workers cut open the hull of the upturned vessel but divers were hampered by near-zero visibility. Efforts to right the upturned vessel were due to begin at 18:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Thursday.
Heavy fighting rages in eastern Ukraine despite truce
Fierce fighting is raging between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, officials on both sides say. The clashes - said to involve heavy artillery and tanks - are taking place in Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk. There were reports of multiple injuries in the towns held by Ukraine's army.
China's transport minister says rescuers are in a "race against time" to find survivors among the hundreds missing after a cruise ship capsized in bad weather on the Yangtze River. Thousands of rescuers worked through the night around the upturned hull of the Eastern Star in Hubei province. Five people are confirmed dead and 15 more have been found alive from a ship that was carrying 456 people.
Venezuela opposition march draws thousands
Thousands of Venezuelans have held a peaceful march through the streets of the capital Caracas, calling for the release of opposition leaders who have been in jail for more than a year. They include two former mayors, Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos, who are being held on charges of inciting anti-government protests last year. President Nicolas Maduro has blamed them for the 43 deaths that resulted. Both men started hunger strikes this week in jail. 
Beijing public smoking ban begins
Public smoking in China's capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction of a new law. China has over 300 million smokers and more than a million Chinese die from smoking-related illnesses every year. Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit. These tougher regulations, enforced by thousands of inspectors, ban lighting up in restaurants, offices and on public transport in Beijing.
South Africa lion attack kills tourist
A tourist believed to be from the US has been killed in a lion attack at a game park in South Africa, a park official has told the BBC. The lioness jumped through the open window of the couple's car and started mauling the woman, assistant park manager Scott Simpson said. The popular Lion Park is 30km (19 miles) north of Johannesburg. The park's rules forbid visitors from driving through the lion enclosure with their windows down, reports the BBC's Milton Nkosi from Johannesburg. Local media are reporting that the woman's death marks the third incident in the past four months at the park.
Bomb attack at Saudi Arabia mosque
A bomb has exploded outside a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, reportedly killing at least four people. Officials said that a suicide bomber blew up a car in the city of Dammam in Eastern Province. The Islamic State (IS) group has said that it was behind the attack in a statement released on social media. At least 21 people were killed in a similar incident one week ago, when a suicide bomber struck during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh was the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. 
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. President Barack Obama announced a historic thaw with Cuba in December, but the US trade embargo against the country remains, and may only be ended by Congress. The removal has been one of Cuba's key demands, as leaders from both countries have repeatedly met to negotiate the details of restoring diplomatic relations, including the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana. 
Japan volcano erupts forces evacuation
A volcano has erupted on an island in Japan, spewing black clouds of ash up to 9km (5.6 miles) into the sky and forcing the evacuation of inhabitants. One person was reported to have suffered minor facial burns from falling debris as Mount Shindake erupted on Friday morning. Most of the 137 residents of Kuchinoerabu island were evacuated by boat. One spoke of how the sky turned dark as the volcano erupted. 
India heat wave eases
The massive heatwave sweeping India is starting to ease, with forecasts of rain in some affected states. Officials say nearly 1,700 people have died in the worst-hit states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where temperatures rose above 45C (113F). Clouds have formed over some parts of the two states and weather officials say pre-monsoon showers are likely to provide some relief on Friday. The monsoon is due to reach Kerala, in the south, by the end of May. It will then sweep across the country. 
IS kills 20 men at Palmyra site
Islamic State (IS) militants have killed 20 men at the ancient theatre inside the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says. Residents were rounded up and forced to watch the men being shot, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. About 240 people - mostly soldiers - have now been killed by IS since it overran the town last week, it adds. It comes amid fears IS may destroy the 2,000-year-old Roman-era ruins. IS militants have already destroyed ancient sites in Iraq that pre-date Islam - most recently the ancient city of Nimrud, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures. 
Concern over Mers Spread in South Korea
Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man defied quarantine to travel to China. Seven people have been infected with the disease so far in South Korea, said the country's health ministry. Chinese officials said they had traced the son of a patient who had refused voluntary quarantine. Cases of the virus, for which there is no known cure, have been confirmed in more than 20 countries. Two new cases of Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in South Korea were confirmed on Thursday. The health ministry said that all of them had been linked to a man who returned from the Middle East - where Mers is more common. Dozens of people are now in quarantine. 
Texas floods in severe storm
At least three people have died in the Houston area after major flooding and tornadoes swept across the southern US over the weekend. Record rainfall caused major flooding and tornadoes, killing at least 10 in Oklahoma and Texas. The US's fourth most populous city is underwater in many parts on Tuesday, with cars abandoned on city streets and highways. Thousands of residents are displaced and over 1,000 homes are destroyed. 
India heatwave toll nears 800
The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India has reached nearly 800 with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 750 people have died since last week. Reports say 24 people have died from the heat in West Bengal and Odisha. Hospitals are on alert to treat heatstroke patients and authorities have advised people to stay indoors. 
Wolf volcano erupts in Galapagos
A volcanic eruption on the Galapagos Islands has raised fears the ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution may be under threat. On Monday, the Wolf volcano on Isabela Island erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava. Experts say the eruption poses no risk to people living on the island. 
Nepal flood alert after landslide
Thousands of people have fled to safety following a landslide in western Nepal which blocked the flow of a river. The Kali Gandaki River in Myagdi district, about 140km (90 miles) north-west of the capital, Kathmandu, has created a deep and growing new lake. There are no reports of casualties. Army soldiers are being sent to help. A number of landslides have hit Nepal since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 25 April which killed more than 8,000 people and injured many more. It was followed by a 7-3 magnitude quake on 12 May and several strong tremors. 
Iraq militias start fightback against IS
About 3,000 militia members in Iraq have begun moving against Islamic State militants after the fall of the city of Ramadi last week, officials say. The pro-government forces say they have retaken Husayba, east of Ramadi. Ramadi - the capital of Anbar province - is only 110km (70 miles) west of Baghdad. Its fall was seen as a major embarrassment for the government. About 500 people died in the city, and more than 40,000 - a third of the population - have fled. 
Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf - known as al-Waleed in Iraq - crossing as IS advanced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. The loss of al-Tanf to IS follows the group's takeover of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The US says that fighting the militants will be a "difficult challenge".
Eiffel Tower temporarily shutdown
The Eiffel Tower shut down for six hours because of a staff walkout in protest against a surge in pickpocketing gangs. Workers say the gangs are increasingly threatening them with assault or abuse. The company managing the major tourist attraction "thanked the public for its understanding" and said it "regrets that visitors... are being punished". Around seven million people go up the tower every year. The tower reopened on Friday afternoon.
Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins, reports say. Unesco says its destruction would be "an enormous loss to humanity", but no damage has been reported there yet. IS now controls the nearby airport, prison and intelligence HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
California investigates ocean oil spill
Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara. More than 6,000 gallons (22,700 litres) of oil have been mopped from the beach - a fraction of the 20,000 gallons officials say spilled into the sea after a pipe burst on Tuesday. Federal officials are to excavate the pipe to find clues to how it ruptured. The company responsible for the pipeline has publicly apologised.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32833794]
Missing migrant boat found as countries offer shelter
Migrants found by the BBC last week drifting off the coast of Thailand have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen. In a significant change, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 stranded migrants. Thailand also said it would no longer push back the stranded boats. 
IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city
Islamic State militants are preparing to defend the Iraqi city of Ramadi, witnesses say, as Iranian-backed militiamen gather east of the city. Residents said IS fighters had set up defensive positions and laid landmines after capturing the city on Sunday. Militants were also going door-to-door looking for government sympathisers and throwing bodies in the Euphrates river, residents were quoted as saying.
Colombia landslide kills dozens
At least 33 people have been killed in a landslide in Antioquia province in north-west Colombia, officials say. The director of Antioquia's Disaster Prevention Department told local media 20 people had been injured. Heavy rains caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks, triggering the landslide. Much of the village of Santa Margarita, south-west of the provincial capital Medellín, was reportedly swept away when the landslide hit early on Monday.
Shia militias approach IS-held Iraqi city
Shia militias are assembling east of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to prepare for a counter-attack against Islamic State militants who captured it on Sunday. Iraqi state TV described tanks and other military vehicles entering al-Habbaniyah military camp. IS fighters are reportedly moving towards the base. The Iraqi government called for help from the Iran-backed militias after the military was routed and fled. 
Sydney police make arrest after bomb threat lockdown
A man has been arrested in Sydney after reports of a suspicious package caused police to lock down a part of the central business district. It was in response to a bomb threat made over the phone, local media said. The incident was not terror related. The man, 39, is now in hospital for medical assessment, police said. The area has since been declared safe.
Russia targets undesirable foreign organizations
Russia plans to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as "undesirable" on national security grounds. Russian MPs have backed a bill to ban "undesirable" foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or firms. The draft leaves the definition of "undesirable" open to interpretation. Under an existing 2012 law, foreign-funded Russian NGOs linked to politics must register as "foreign agents". The label has connotations of spying. 
IS advances on ancient ruins of Palmyra
Palmyra, one of the archaeological jewels of the Middle East, is reported to be under threat from advancing Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The jihadists are within 2km (1.2 miles) of the Unesco World Heritage site, battling government forces for control of the adjacent town of Tadmur. Syria's antiquities chief has warned that if IS seizes Palmyra it will destroy everything that exists there. 
Rivals battle to control Bujumbura
Heavy fighting is reported in Burundi's capital between pro-government troops and soldiers backing an attempted coup. Both sides say they are in control of large parts of Bujumbura. At least five soldiers have been killed. Clashes briefly halted broadcasts at the state radio building, which is still in the hands of soldiers supporting President Pierre Nkurunziza. 
Burundi president faces attempted coup
A coup attempt has been launched in Burundi to try to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his bid to be re-elected to a third term. Thousands of people in the capital, Bujumbura, celebrated the announcement by Major General Godefroid Niyombare. But the coup outcome is far from clear. 
Rescue resumes after second deadly Nepal tremor
Rescue work has resumed to find the victims and survivors of the latest deadly earthquake to hit Nepal. At least 65 people died there and nearly 2,000 were hurt in Tuesday's 7.3 magnitude quake, with fears the figures could rise. At least 17 died in India. The search continues for a missing US aid helicopter with eight on board. 
Nicaraguan volcano spews ash
The Telica volcano in north-west Nicaragua has been spewing large clouds of ash. There have been more than 60 explosions since it started erupting on Thursday, covering nearby towns in a dusting of ash. The 1,061m-high (3,475ft) volcano, one of Nicaragua's most active, is located 110km (68 miles) north-west of the capital, Managua. 
Second major earthquake strikes Nepal
A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake. At least 37 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured, officials say. At least 17 have also died in India. The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. 
Thousands of migrants stranded at sea near Thailand
Thousands of refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar are stranded at sea close to Thailand, according to an international migration agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the BBC a Thai crackdown on recent arrivals meant many smugglers were now reluctant to land. As many as 8,000 people are believed to be stuck on boats, the IOM said. In the past two days more than 2,000 have arrived in Malaysia or Indonesia after being rescued or swimming ashore. 
Typhoon Noul hits the Philippines
A powerful typhoon has hit the north-east Philippines, in Cagayan province, cutting electricity supplies to many parts of the region. Warnings of flash floods, landslides and storm surges forced thousands of people to flee to higher ground. There have so far been no reports of casualties. The storm, with wind speeds of 220km/h (137mph), is expected to move slowly towards Taiwan and Japan, weather forecasters say. The Philippines sees frequent extreme weather, with more than 7,000 people killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck in 2013. Flights and sea crossings were cancelled and relief supplies moved in preparation for the storm. At least 2,500 people reportedly fled their homes to find safer grounds in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. 
Yemen inches towards ceasefire
Rebels in Yemen say they will respond "positively" to a ceasefire offer by the Saudi-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against them. Saudi Arabia has offered a five-day truce starting on Tuesday, to allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies. The air raids have killed at least 1,400 people - mostly civilians - in recent weeks, the UN says. The Shia Houthi rebels from northern Yemen launched an offensive last year and now control much of the country. 
WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus, confirming that the country has had no new cases in 42 days. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the BBC that Liberia had "crossed the Rubicon" and would be celebrating a concerted effort to stem the disease. More than 4,700 deaths from Ebola have been recorded in Liberia, more than in any other affected country. Neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to fight the outbreak. It has claimed over 11,000 lives across the region since last year. The WHO regards a country Ebola-free after a 42-day period without a new case - twice the maximum incubation period. 
Four Danish buses were destroyed in a suspected arson attack that police believe may have a political motive. The buses were found on fire in the early hours of Friday morning in Copenhagen. Another was found covered in anti-Israeli graffiti. Last week, the city's transit authority ordered the removal of advertisements by a pro-Palestinian group calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. The group behind the adverts condemned the fire, calling it "a criminal act". 
Pakistan helicopter crash kills foreign envoys
An army helicopter has crashed in a mountainous part of northern Pakistan, killing seven people, including the Philippineand Norwegian ambassadors. It crashed during an emergency landing in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory. The wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys, two pilots and a crew member also died. They were to attend the opening of a tourism project. Two senior Pakistani ministers said the crash was down to a technical fault.
Sweeping California water cuts begin
California's water board has unanimously passed sweeping mandatory drought restrictions for the summer. The new rules will limit watering on public property and impose cuts of up to 36% on water usage from 2013 levels. The state board drew up the rules in response to Governor Jerry Brown's earlier order to cut water use state-wide. 
Cuba to hold symbolic mass gay wedding
Gay rights activists in Cuba will hold a mass wedding this weekend, in a country where gay marriage is still not legal. The activists will be led by the daughter of President Raul Castro, Mariela, who is a leading gay and transgender rights campaigner. The symbolic wedding will be part of Cuba's annual gay pride parade. 
Violent storms batter northern Germany
Violent storms have swept the north of Germany, causing widespread damage and leaving at least one person dead. A tornado triggered by the storms caused severe damage in the town of Buetzow, near Rostock, hurling cars 70m (230ft) and damaging buildings. In the city of Hamburg, a 26-year-old man was killed and his pregnant girlfriend injured when debris was blown on to their car. 
Dozens migrants die in Mediterranean
Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people deflates south of Sicily, Save the Children says. The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching. Those rescued arrived in the Sicilian port city of Catania on Tuesday. 
Brazil faces surge in dengue fever
Brazil has registered nearly 746,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever this year with nine states experiencing an epidemic, the health ministry has announced. At 368 cases per 100,000 residents it amounts to an epidemic by World Health Organisation standards, but officials say the outbreak is not nationwide. Relaxed prevention and an increase in home water storage have been blamed. 
Thousands of migrants rescued over weekend
More than 5,800 migrants have been rescued and 10 bodies recovered off the Libyan coast over the weekend, the Italian coastguard says. The survivors were picked up from wooden and rubber boats, in 17 separate operations by Italian and French ships. An Italian ship landed nearly 900 people in Sicily early on Monday. 
German train drivers' union calls for strike
Germany's GDL train drivers' union called for a seven-day strike on May 3, set to begin with freight trains the afternoon of May 4 and passenger trains on the morning of May 5. The work stoppage will be the eighth in the ongoing dispute and is scheduled to last until the morning of May 10. 
Saudi Arabia 'repels Houthi border attack'
Three Saudi troops and "dozens" of Houthi rebels were killed as Saudi forces repelled a major attack from inside Yemen, Saudi officials say. The rebels attacked near the town of Najran, reports say, in what would be their biggest assault on Saudi soil since a Saudi military campaign began. A Saudi-led coalition has staged air strikes against rebels since late March in support of Yemen's exiled president.
Rescues from Nepal rubble after five days
Two people have been rescued from the rubble of buildings in Kathmandu, five days after an earthquake that killed at least 5,500 in Nepal. A 15-year-old boy told the BBC he survived by drinking water from wet clothes and eating clarified butter. Elsewhere, a woman was pulled from a collapsed block where she had been trapped alongside three bodies.
Relief starts reaching Nepal villages
Aid has begun to reach remote regions near the epicentre of Saturday's devastating earthquake in Nepal. As relief efforts continue in the Kathmandu Valley, the UN says the response is broadening to include hard hit areas such as Dhading and Gorkha. The 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 5,000 people. Many survivors are in desperate need of food and water. 
Chile volcano prompts new evacuation
There have been fresh evacuations in the area surrounding the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile after it started spewing ash again on Tuesday. The volcano erupted twice last week prompting the evacuation of more than 6,000 people. On Tuesday, residents who had returned to Rio Blanco, to the south of the volcano, were asked to leave again. Calbuco, which before last week had not erupted for 42 years, is one of around 90 active volcanoes in Chile. 
At least 14 people were killed in landslides in the city of Salvador in north-east Brazil on Monday. Heavy rains flooded streets and triggered two separate landslides, sweeping away hillside homes in poor neighbourhoods and injuring 10 people. Residents and fire fighters are still searching for a number of missing. Meteorologists said the rain was the heaviest in two decades, with more than half of the monthly average falling in the space of only 10 hours. Almost 1,000 people died in Rio de Janeiro state four years ago when whole hillsides collapsed after heavy rain. 
Venezuela cuts hours to save energy
Venezuela says it will cut the working day for public sector workers to five-and-a-half hours to conserve energy, down from eight to nine hours. The initiative is part of a nationwide electricity rationing plan. Vice-President Jorge Arreaza said there had been a surge in energy demand due to extremely hot weather. He said state employees would now work from 07:30-13:00 to save on air conditioning. On Monday, local media reported blackouts across the country. Mr Arreaza said private companies would be asked to use their own generators to reduce pressure on the national grid. Power outages are common in Venezuela, which is a big oil producer but depends heavily on hydro-electric power. 
Baltimore begins clean up after riot
Thousands of troops and outside police officers have been deployed to the US city of Baltimore, following violent protests linked to the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. A week-long curfew has been announced. Schools and many businesses are closed. On Monday, hundreds of people set fires, looted stores and confronted police across the city. City officials have been criticised for not responding more aggressively. 
Thousands flee Nepal capital post-earthquake
Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly. A senior interior ministry official said it could reach as much as 5,000, in the worse such disaster in Nepal since 1934, when 8,500 people were killed. 
Nepal quake relief drive intensifies
Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after nearly 2,000 people were killed on Saturday in the worst earthquake there in more than 80 years. Many countries and charities have offered aid to deal with the disaster. Seventeen people have been killed on Mount Everest by avalanches - the mountain's worst-ever disaster. Meanwhile a powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest. The 6.7 magnitude tremor, centred 60km (40 miles) east of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, sent people running in panic for open ground in the city. Screams and the sound of an avalanche could be heard as an Indian mountaineer was interviewed by phone from near Everest by Reuters news agency. The death toll from the original earthquake could rise, as the situation is unclear in remote areas which remain cut off or hard to access. 
Baltimore protest turns violent
More than 1,000 protesters have marched in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody a week ago. But after hours of peaceful demonstrations, some protesters smashed police windows and shop fronts. At least 12 people were arrested. 
Syria Islamists take northern town
Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say. It was the last major town under government control in Idlib province. Correspondents say it may give rebels a route to the ruling elite's heartland. The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, began the assault on Thursday. State media said the army had redeployed outside the town "to avoid civilian casualties". They quoted a military official as saying that, before withdrawing, troops had engaged in fierce fighting with "armed terrorist groups" who arrived in large numbers from the Turkish border. 
Niger battles meningitis outbreak
Niger has begun a mass vaccination campaign as it struggles to control a meningitis outbreak that has now killed 129 people. Health Minister Mano Aghali announced on public radio that the death toll had risen from 85 in less than a week. The effort to immunise children between two and 15 has started despite a shortage of vaccines. Schools in and around Niger's capital, Niamey, were shut this week to contain the virus. It was a shortage of vaccines to treat the current strain that caused the outbreak to spread, the authorities say. There is a "meningitis belt" in sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia, with high rates of the disease, the WHO says. 
Chile volcano causes flight problems
Niger has begun a mass vaccination campaign as it struggles to control a meningitis outbreak that has now killed 129 people. Health Minister Mano Aghali announced on public radio that the death toll had risen from 85 in less than a week. The effort to immunise children between two and 15 has started despite a shortage of vaccines. Schools in and around Niger's capital, Niamey, were shut this week to contain the virus. It was a shortage of vaccines to treat the current strain that caused the outbreak to spread, the authorities say. There is a "meningitis belt" in sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia, with high rates of the disease, the WHO says. 
Statue of Liberty evacuated over suspicious package
The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in New York have been evacuated due to a suspicious package. The island is home to the world-famous statue, a major tourist destination for people visiting the United States. 
Chile volcano causes flight problems
International flights are being delayed or cancelled because of concerns over the ash cloud created by the Calbuco volcano in Chile. The eruption on Thursday created a cloud of ash that went up 20km (12 miles) into the air. Volcanic ash can be extremely dangerous to aircraft as the fine particles can damage engines. Many international flights have been affected in the last few hours, with one forced to turn back to Australia. Qantas flight QF27 was five hours into its journey to Santiago when it had to turn back to Sydney late on Friday. A Qantas spokeswoman in Sydney said it returned because of concerns over the ash cloud. Two flights from the United States to Buenos Aires, one with Delta Air Lines and one with American Airlines, had to return to their departure airports. One Air France flight from Paris to Santiago had to land in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and another destined for Buenos Aires landed in Rio de Janeiro. 
Chile evacuations as volcano erupts
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours - having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius. 
Post-storm New South Wales clean-up
A clean-up operation has begun in New South Wales in the wake of violent storms that battered the Australian state. Police have confirmed the deaths of four people. Three were killed in Dungog, where homes have been washed away by flooding. An 86-year-old woman died in the Central Hunter region when her car was swept into floodwaters. Emergency services have declared 12 communities natural disaster areas. 
Nigeria begins Sambisa offensive against Boko Haram
Nigerian ground troops have joined an offensive on the last known hideout of the Boko Haram Islamist militants, a military spokesman has told the BBC. The vast north-eastern Sambisa forest is where they have many bases - and it has been subject to aerial bombardments since February. There has been speculation that some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than a year ago are being held there. 
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has ended its bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen having "achieved its military goals", officials say. The month-long Decisive Storm campaign had targeted Houthi rebels but largely failed to halt their advance. A new operation called Restoring Hope will focus on a political solution in Yemen and on counter-terrorism at home, the coalition said. Iran welcomed the end of air strikes as a step forward. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia has accused Shia-led Iran of backing the Houthis, something Tehran denies. Yemen has been in chaos since the Houthi, or Zaidi Shia, rebels, took control of the capital, Sanaa, in January and placed President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi under house arrest. 
Three dead in New South Wales storm
Three people have died in New South Wales as powerful storms batter the Australian state. The two men and a woman were found dead in Dungog north of Sydney, one of the worst affected areas, where homes have been washed away by flooding. Some 215,000 homes are without power in Sydney and across New South Wales. People have been urged to head home, as Australia's weather agency warned more severe weather would hit parts of the state on Tuesday night. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for the Sydney area, Hunter and Illawarra forecasting "damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf". Winds of up to 135km/h (85 mph) were recorded in some areas, with up to 200mm of rainfall forecast for Tuesday. The State Emergency Service (SES) said it had received more than 4,400 calls for help, and carried out dozens of flood rescues. People were reported to be trapped in cars and homes and stuck on the rooftops of houses. 
EU to set measures for Mediterranean migrants
The EU has set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant boat crisis in the Mediterranean. Its Frontex border surveillance service will be strengthened and a military mandate sought to destroy people-smugglers' boats. An emergency summit of EU leaders will be held on Thursday. As the leaders met, fresh distress calls from migrant boats were received. 
Deadly air strike in Sana'a
At least 18 people were killed and 300 injured in Yemen's capital Sana'a after an air strike on a missile base caused a huge blast that flattened buildings. Witnesses compared the blast, which sent a plume of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky, to an earthquake. The explosion occurred in the Faj Attan area of the capital, near the presidential compound. A Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign has been targeting Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels since late March. 
Mystery disease' kills 18 in Nigeria
A "mysterious" disease has killed at least 18 people in the past several days in south-eastern Nigeria, local officials say. The outbreak started in the Ode-Irele town, Ondo state, and spread rapidly. The disease - characterised by blurred vision, headache and loss of consciousness - killed the victims within 24 hours of falling ill. Local health officials and World Health Organization experts are now in the town to try to identify the disease. Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Ondo government spokesman Kayode Akinmade was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency. He described the illness as "mysterious". WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told AFP that all of those affected started showing symptoms between 13-15 April. 
Hundreds feared dead in Med sinking
Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coastguard says. A major rescue operation is under way after the vessel carrying "between 500 and 700 migrants" capsized at midnight local time, south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. So far 28 people have been rescued. Earlier this week, four hundred people were feared to have drowned when their vessel capsized north of Libya. Last year a record 170,000 people fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East made the perilous crossing to Italy. With improving weather conditions, the number of people making the crossing of at least 500km (300 miles) has surged. But vessels provided by people smugglers are often underpowered and overcrowded. 
Many dead in Afghanistan bank blast
At least 33 people have been killed and 100 injured in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The blast happened outside a bank where government staff and military personnel were collecting their salaries. A spokesman for a group claiming to represent Islamic State in Afghanistan said it carried out the attack, though it is still unverified the claim. Police said another bomb was discovered nearby, and was destroyed in a controlled explosion. Another blast was also reported outside a shrine in Jalalabad on Saturday morning. There were no reported casualties. 
Three dead in Mexican gun battle
Gun battles have left at least three people dead on the streets of Reynosa, a Mexican city on the border with the US that has been plagued by drug cartel violence. Fighting broke out after the arrest of a leader of one of the main gangs in the area. "The same criminal group reacted by attacking federal forces," officials said in a statement. The statement described the dead men as "armed civilians". Officials said parts of the city had been blocked with vehicles set on fire by gunmen. Authorities issued an urgent notice warning residents not to use various main roads because of shooting and blockades. 
Tributes to Everest avalanche dead
Relatives, guides and mountaineers have marked the first anniversary of an avalanche that killed 16 sherpas on Mount Everest. The guides died in an area just above Base Camp at 5,800m (19,000ft). The avalanche was the worst accident in modern history on the world's highest peak. As a mark of respect, climbing was suspended for the day on Saturday. Services were also held at Base Camp and in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Monks held prayers with relatives of those who died. 
Foreign-owned South African shops looted
Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted in east Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks. A standoff developed in the city, with police forming a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops. The violence comes despite Thursday's rally against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban, and condemnation from President Jacob Zuma. 
IS steps up assault on Iraqi city
Islamic State (IS) has stepped up its assault on the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, launching a series of suicide bomb attacks, officials say. Anbar provincial council member Athal al-Fahdawi said the government compound was within range of IS weapons and that it and the city were "in great danger". Hundreds of people have fled Ramadi and the surrounding area in recent days. 
Migrants killed on Mediterranean boat
Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy. The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are all feared dead. 
Malawi says it will repatriate its nationals from South Africa, following an upsurge in xenophobic violence. At least five foreigners, including a 14-year-old boy, have been killed in attacks in South Africa's coastal city of Durban since last week. Some foreign-owned shops in the main city Johannesburg have shut amid fears that the violence could spread. 
Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya
About 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya, survivors have told Save the Children. The Italian coast guard had rescued 144 people on Monday and launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of rescuing others. Save the Children said that many of the survivors were "young men, probably minors". 
Siberia wildfires kill 15
Wildfires have killed at least 15 people and injured about 400 in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, Russian media report. Officials say the fires, fuelled by high winds and dry weather, destroyed 1,200 houses in 30 towns and villages. Firefighters have now managed to extinguish the flames, the Rossiya 24 TV news channel reports. 
Bomb explodes outside embassy in Libya
A bomb has exploded at the gates of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, security officials say, hours after two people were shot dead outside South Korea's embassy. There was some damage to cars nearby, but no reports of injuries. The embassy is not currently operational. 
Deadly bomb attacks strike Sinai
At least 13 people have been killed in separate bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security forces have said. At least six people died and 30 others were injured in an explosion outside a police station in El-Arish. Elsewhere, seven soldiers lost their lives and two were wounded in an attack on an armoured vehicle, near the northern town of Sheikh Zuweid. Militants from the Sinai Province group, affiliated to Islamic State, have said they carried out the attacks. Sinai has become increasingly lawless since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. Insurgents have intensified attacks since his Islamist successor Mohammed Morsi was ousted in 2013. North Sinai has been under a state of emergency and a curfew since October, when an attack on a checkpoint killed dozens of soldiers. Major military operations in the region have so far failed to quell the violence. 
Tornado tears through Illinois
A severe tornado has killed one person and injured seven more in a small town in northern Illinois in the US. Fire officials told local media the victim was a 67-year-old woman. Most of the 50 structures in Fairdale were flattened and all were damaged, the fire department said. More than 850 flights were cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare airport as a severe weather system tore through parts of Iowa, Illinois and Ohio on Thursday.
Deadly gun battle in Afghan city
Gunmen dressed in military uniforms have stormed the office of the attorney general in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 65. Four attackers were seen entering the office, followed by heavy gunfire and several explosions. Five security officers - including a police chief - were among the dead and 26 government officials among the hurt.
Kenyan fighter jets have bombed positions of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in neighbouring Somalia, a military spokesman has told the BBC. The warplanes had targeted two camps in the Gedo region, used by al-Shabab to cross into Kenya, the spokesman added. This is Kenya's first response to the al-Shabab assault which left 148 people dead at Garissa University last week.
Terrorists attack Kenyan university
The death toll in the attack by al-Shabab Islamist militants on a university in north-eastern Kenya has risen to 147, Kenyan government officials say. They added that the operation to secure the the Garissa University College campus was now over, with all four attackers killed.
Thailand lifts martial law
Thailand's military government has announced it is lifting martial law, 10 months after it was imposed. It was introduced in May 2014, shortly before the army staged a coup. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced the move in a televised statement and has said it will be replaced by a new security order. However the new measure has drawn considerable criticism, with many fearing that it could give the military more power than it had before. Gen Prayuth made the announcement late on Wednesday, saying the king had given his formal approval to the lifting of martial law.
Turkey power cut hits big cities
A massive power cut has hit dozens of provinces across Turkey, with officials saying a break in connections with mainland Europe could be to blame. The cuts affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul's tram and metro systems. A crisis centre has been set up at the energy ministry. 
Burundi hit by landslides
At least 10 people are missing, feared dead, in Burundi after landslides which have destroyed hundreds of homes, officials say. Some 3,000 people have been left homeless, according to a BBC reporter who has been to the scene. Their houses were destroyed after mud and rocks, dislodged by the rain, plunged down the hillside. 
Kashmir flood alert
A flood alert has been issued in Indian-administered Kashmir following torrential rain and a surge in the water level of the Jhelum river. Authorities have asked people living near the river to leave their homes and move to safer places. At least 10 people are missing after landslides buried a number of houses. 
Chile declares forest fires alert
Chile has declared a national alert because of wildfires in three national parks and reserves threatening trees, some a thousand years old. Firefighters have been fighting the flames for more than a week in the southern region of Araucania hit by years of drought. The fires are affecting a park famous for its centuries-old pines known as monkey puzzle trees. 
Sierra Leone in lockdown
The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home. There is a two-hour exemption on Friday to allow Muslim prayers and a five-hour window for Christians on Sunday. Volunteers are going door-to-door, looking for people with signs of the disease and reminding others how to stay safe. Dozens of new cases are still being reported in Sierra Leone every week. However, the three West African countries worst affected by Ebola - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea - have seen a steep reduction in infections in recent weeks. 
The US embassy in Uganda has warned that Westerners - including Americans - may be targeted for "terrorist" attacks in the capital Kampala. It said it had "received information of possible threats" at city locations where Western nationals gather. Uganda's government said the US had warned of a possible suicide bomber trying to enter the country. Uganda was under threat because its troops were fighting militant Islamists in Somalia, a spokesman added. In 2010, Somalia's al-Shabab militants carried out a suicide bombing in Kampala, killing 76 people as they watched the football World Cup final. 
Flooding hits Chile deser region
Flash floods in one of the driest regions in the world - Chile's Atacama desert - have left two people dead and 24 missing, officials say. They say thousands of people are now without electricity or water, as heavy rains in the Andes sent floodwater down into the valleys and towns below. In the city of Copiapo, the river burst its banks. Rescuers have begun evacuating people using helicopters because of fears of mudslides. More rain is expected. Chile's emergency officials said one person was electrocuted on the street, while another died in a mudslide. The government is now describing the situation in the desert town of Chanaral as "critical". 
Nigerian army retakes Boko Haram HQ
The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The insurgents had now been driven from virtually all the territory they had held, it said. Some militants were now fleeing towards border areas, the military said.
Deadly tornado rips though Oklahoma
At least one person has been killed and several others were injured after a tornado roared through Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa police said the death occurred inside a mobile home park near suburban Sand Springs on Wednesday. The park was nearly destroyed in the storm. "It could have been much worse," Sheriff's Capt Billy McKinley said.
Germanwings airliner 4U 9525 crashes in French Alps
The plane, flight 4U 9525, had been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 142 passengers and six crew on board. French President Francois Hollande said: "The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.
Paris imposes car restrictions
The French authorities have introduced measures to combat a sharp increase in pollution affecting Paris and other cities in northern France. On Monday the number of cars on the road in Paris will be cut in half - only motorists with odd-numbered plates will be allowed to drive. Public transportation will be free as well car-sharing and bike-sharing programmes.
Shia rebels seize Yemen city
Yemen's third largest city Taiz and its airport have been seized by Shia Houthi rebels, officials say. Residents took to the streets in protest and one was killed as the rebels fired on them and used tear gas. The insurgents already hold the capital, Sanaa, after overthrowing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in February. He fled to Aden in the south. Instability has been growing in Yemen, where al-Qaeda and Islamic State sympathisers also pose a threat.
Red Sea shark attack kills tourist
A German tourist has been killed in a rare shark attack off an Egyptian Red Sea resort, police say. The shark reportedly bit off the 52-year-old man's leg at the knee. The attack took place on Sunday off the coastal city al-Qusair, the first such incident in five years. The species of shark has not been confirmed. A spate of attacks in 2010 that also led to one death was believed to have been carried out by an oceanic whitetip. Those attacks forced the closure of part of the major resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for a week. The area that saw Sunday's attack witnessed another in 2009 that killed a Frenchwoman. The German embassy in Cairo said it had been informed of the latest death but could not comment further. Egypt is one of the world's leading diving destinations. 
Climate change big threat to China
Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission. Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a "serious threat" to big infrastructure projects. He said temperature rises in China were already higher than global averages. China, the world's biggest polluter, has said its emissions of gases that cause climate change will peak by 2030. However, the country has not set a specific target for cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon dioxide. 
Suspects arrested for links to Tunis attack
Nine people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's gun attack in Tunis that left 23 people dead, including 20 foreign tourists, the Tunisian presidency says. It alleged that four were directly linked to the attack and five had "ties to the cell". The army will also be deployed to major cities, the presidency added. In another development, Islamic State said in an audio message that it was behind the attack.
Riots in Frankfurt target new ECB HQ
Dozens of people have been hurt and some 350 people arrested as anti-austerity demonstrators clashed with police in the German city of Frankfurt. Police cars were set alight and stones were thrown in a protest against the opening of a new base for the European Central Bank (ECB). Violence broke out close to the city's Alte Oper concert hall hours before the ECB building's official opening. "Blockupy" activists are expected to attend a rally later on Wednesday.
Gunmen kill tourists in Tunis attack
Nineteen people, including 17 foreign tourists, have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the Tunisian capital, the prime minister says. Italian, Spanish, Polish and German citizens were among those killed, as well as a Tunisian and a police officer, PM Habib Essid said. Media reports suggest the death toll could be as high as 22.
Boston breaks record for snowiest winter
Boston has broken the record for the snowiest winter in the city's recorded history. The National Weather Service said the city received 108.6in (275.8cm) of snow this winter, beating the 1995-1996 record of 107.6 inches. The record was broken around 19:00 local time (23:00 GMT) on Sunday, when 2.9in fell on the city.
Cyclone devastates Vanuatu
Vanuatu is in "immediate" need after Cyclone Pam tore through the country at the weekend, its president says. President Baldwin Lonsdale said the storm had "wiped out" all development of recent years and his country would have to rebuild "everything". Aid has begun arriving in the storm-hit nation - one of the world's poorest - but contact has still not been made with some of its more remote islands. Aid agencies say it could be one of the worst disasters ever to hit the region. 
Cuba approves first public wi-fi in Havana
Cuba's state telecom agency Etecsa has granted approval to the artist Kcho to open the country's first public wireless hub at his cultural centre. Kcho, who has close ties to the Cuban government, is operating the hub using his own, government-approved internet connection, and paying approximately $900 (£600) per month to run it. Only an estimated 5% - 25% of Cubans have any type of internet service. That is because internet access is incredibly expensive. 
Chile firefighters contain blaze
Firefighters in Chile say they have managed to control a huge forest fire around the port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. One person was killed and thousands were evacuated as the fire spread fanned by strong winds. Officials said they would bring charges against the owner of an illegal landfill site, where the fire is believed to have started. 
Costa Rica's volcano eruption
Costa Rican officials have reopened the country’s principle airport in the capital of San Jose after the eruption of the Turrialba volcano filled the sky with ash. The Juan Santamaria international airport reopened around midday Friday after remaining closed through Thursday night. The Turrialba volcano erupted three times Thursday and state observers recorded a smaller eruption Friday morning. Costa Rica’s air security agency says the ash on the runways could pose a risk, as could the impaired visibility from the plume of ash. The local Tobias Bolanos airport also was closed intermittently. The country’s public education ministry suspended classes Friday at 12 schools near the volcano. 
Egypt unveils plans for new capital
The Egyptian government has announced plans to build a new capital to the east of the present one, Cairo. Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the project would cost $45bn (£30bn) and take five to seven years to complete. He said the aim was to ease congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years. The announcement was made at an investment conference that aims to revive the Egyptian economy. The gathering, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has attracted pledges worth $12bn (£8bn) in aid and investment from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Mr Madbouly said the population of greater Cairo, estimated at about 18 million, was expected to double within 40 years. 
Dozens feared dead after cyclone hits Vanuatu
The death toll from a category five tropical storm that has hit islands in the South Pacific could run into the dozens, the UN's relief agency says. Cyclone Pam battered Vanuatu with winds of up to 270kph (170mph) on Friday. Authorities on the islands had earlier issued a red alert to residents after the cyclone changed direction and began moving towards populated areas. It has already caused major damage on other Pacific islands, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands. 
Angola floods kill 62
Floods caused by torrential rains have killed 62 people - 35 of them children - in the Angolan city of Lobito, local authorities say. The Angop state news agency says the flood water has reached 3m (9.8ft) in some areas of the city since Wednesday. Scores of homes have been destroyed and rescue teams are still searching for missing people. 
Colombia explosion injures police officers
An explosive device has injured five police officers and two other people in the Colombian capital Bogota in the early hours. The device, which was packed with shrapnel, went off as a police convoy was driving through the southern neighbourhood of Quiroga. It is not yet clear who may be behind the attack. Small-scale explosions are not unusual in the capital, but this device seems more complex than previous ones. Bogota's police commander, Humberto Guatibonza, said the attack had been aimed at his officers.
Iraqi troops advance in Tikrit
Iraqi government forces have retaken a large part of north-western Tikrit as they battle IS militants to recapture the city, security officials say. Soldiers and Shia militiamen have reportedly raised the Iraqi flag at a hospital in the Qadisiya district, two-thirds of which is under their control. But they have so far not made much progress in Tikrit's south and west. The operation to retake the hometown of Saddam Hussein is the biggest offensive yet by the Iraqi government.
Australia braces for two cyclones
Residents in parts of Western Australia and Queensland have been warned to prepare for stormy weather as two cyclones develop offshore. Forecasters say a low-pressure system off Western Australia could cause hurricane force winds along parts of the coast at the end of the week. Another system off the coast of northern Queenslandis expected to bring gale force winds late on Tuesday.
IS kidnaps 9 foreign oil workers
Nine foreign oil workers have been seized by Islamic State militants in an attack on a Libyan oil field, the Austrian foreign ministry says. The workers - from Austria, the Czech Republic and seven non-EU nationals - were taken alive, the statement said. The attack on the al-Ghani field about 700km (440 miles) south-east of Tripoli happened on Friday, a Libyan army spokesman has told the BBC. He said eight guards had been killed in the attack. 
Three blasts hit Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria
Three blasts hit the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri in the worst attack on the city since suspected Boko Haram militants failed in a bid to seize the state capital at the end of January. Maiduguri is the state capital of Borno, the heartland of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram which has long coveted the city as the capital of an Islamic state they want to carve out of religiously mixed Nigeria. A military source said bombs had caused the explosions, with the first on Baga road near a market and the second at the Monday market. The location of the third blast was not immediately known and there was no word on casualties 
Venezuela food crisis
Foreign ministers from 12 South American nations gathering in Caracas have promised to help Venezuela overcome an ongoing shortage of food, medicine and other products. The regional Unasur bloc agreed with President Nicolas Maduro to provide items that have gone missing from many Venezuelan supermarkets. The shortage of staples has contributed to popular discontent. Unasur highlighted the importance of safeguarding democratic stability. "The idea is to get all the countries to support the distribution of staples," said Ernesto Samper, Secretary-General of Unasur (Union of South American Nations). "We will work together with the Venezuelan authorities to strengthen the distribution networks in our countries so they help Venezuela," said Mr Samper. He criticised recent anti-government protests in Venezuela that descended into violence. 
Militants kill 5 in attack in Mali capital
Militants killed five people in a gun attack on a restaurant in Mali's capital, including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with the EU delegation in the country, authorities said. Mali's desert north, where French forces wrested control of territory from separatist rebels and al Qaeda-linked fighters, is plagued by frequent political violence - but this is the first militant attack for years in Bamako, in the south. Three Malians were killed in the violence in and around La Terrasse restaurant, which is popular with expatriates, the government said. 
Last known Liberian ebola patient discharged
Liberia’s last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country and marking a milestone in West Africa’s battle against the disease. If no new cases emerge, the epidemic in Liberia will be considered over officially on April 4, or 42 days after the last known infection. The 42-day marker is twice the longest incubation period for Ebola, 21 days.
Thousands flee Iraqi advance on Tikrit
A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) has caused about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says. Those displaced are headed towards the city of Samarra, the UN said, but many families are stranded at checkpoints. Aid convoys carrying relief supplies are being sent to the area by UN agencies to help those affected. The operation to retake Tikrit, involving some 30,000 soldiers and Shia militiamen, is now in its fourth day. 
Chile volcano erupts
The Villarrica volcano in Southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the volcano's vicinity. The mayor of the nearby town of Pucon said residents had left "calmly". President Michelle Bachelet said she would travel to the area on Tuesday to assess the situation. 
Wildfires across Cape Town mountains
More than 100 South African firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town. Thousands of hectares of vegetation have been reduced to ashes on Chapman's Peak, while several homes and a holiday lodge have been destroyed. More than 50 people - residents of a retirement home - have been treated for smoke inhalation, officials say. 
Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies. A force of about 30,000 troops and militia were said to be attacking on different fronts, backed by air strikes from Iraqi fighter jets. Fighting is reported in towns to the north and south of Tikrit. 
Russia opposition politician shot dead
A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr. Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say. He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine. 
China sets one-year ban on ivory imports
China has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory, amid criticism that demand among Chinese consumers is fuelling poaching in Africa. The announcement was made by the State Forestry Administration, with officials saying they hoped it would be a first step towards protecting wild elephants. 
Afghanistan hit by deadly avalanches
A series of avalanches has struck north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, leaving at least 90 dead, officials say. Local governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said mosques, schools and at least 100 homes had been ruined in Panjshir province. The sudden snowfall after a mild winter surprised many residents, who were reportedly trying to dig out survivors using their bare hands in some areas. 
Bolivia flooding displaces thousands
Flooding has forced more than 4,000 people from their homes in the town of Cobija in northern Bolivia after the river Acre burst its banks. Heavy rains have also caused the nearby river Tahuamanu to burst its banks. Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera travelled to Cobija on Tuesday to deliver aid to the town. He said some of the neighbourhoods located closest to the river would have to be moved and promised government help to relocate their residents. 
British military personnel are to be sent to Ukraine in the next few weeks to provide advice and training, says Prime Minister David Cameron. As he spoke, pro-Russian rebels said they were pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine as part of a ceasefire. However, the government in Kiev has disputed the rebel claims. Mr. Cameron said he would push for more sanctions on Russia if the separatists failed to observe the truce. 
IS abducts dozens of Christians in Syria
Islamic State (IS) has abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from villages in north-eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr. Some Assyrians managed to escape and made their way east to the largely Kurdish-controlled city of Hassakeh. 
France seizes passports of six Syria-bound citizens
French authorities have for the first time confiscated the passports of six nationals who were allegedly planning to travel to Syria to join jihadists. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the intelligence services believed the men wanted to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group. The measure is part of new counter-terrorism laws adopted last November. Meanwhile, France has deployed an aircraft carrier off Bahrain to be used against Islamic State (IS) militants. 
India struggles with swine flu outbreak
Indian health officials are struggling to contain a swine flu outbreak that has killed more than 700 people since it took hold in mid-December. The number of cases has doubled since last week to more than 11,000. Critics have accused the government of failing to distribute medicines, but officials insisted the situation was under control. This year's outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, is the deadliest in India since 2010.
IS attack kills 40 in al-Qubbah
A bombing by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens in the eastern town of al-Qubbah. Three bombs exploded, targeting a petrol station, a police station and the home of parliamentary speaker Agila Salah, a security source told BBC News. According to an online statement, IS fighters said they struck in retaliation for Egyptian air strikes. 
Tropical cyclone Marcia hits Queensland
A "very destructive" storm has hit the coast of Queensland, forcing evacuations from coastal communities, Australian officials say. Forecasters warn Category Five tropical cyclone Marcia - with wind gusts up to 285km/h (177 mph) - is bringing heavy rain and "abnormally high tides". The cyclone made landfall between St Lawrence and Yeppoon. 
Record-breaking cold in US East
Bitterly cold air from Siberia has brought dangerously frigid and likely record-setting temperatures to the eastern half of the US. Temperatures are 20 to 40 degrees F below normal for February from the Mid-Atlantic to the South. Schools in Chicago have closed and trains in the north-east corridor have been affected by the cold. 
Libya urges UN to lift arms embargo
Libya has asked the UN Security Council to lift an arms embargo so that it can deal with the Islamic State (IS) group and other militants. Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi said that it would help the government build its army and deal with "rampant terrorism". Egypt said it supported Libya's request at an emergency session of the UN council on Wednesday. 
Air strike kills 37 in Niger
Thirty-seven people have died in an air strike in southern Niger during military operations targeting Boko Haram, local officials say. They were attending a funeral ceremony in Abadam village on the border with Nigeria when an unidentified plane began dropping bombs. More than 300 militants were killed in north-east Nigeria during the operation, the Nigerian army says. 
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a United Nations resolution allowing international forces to intervene in Libya. There was no other choice, he told French radio. "We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children." Egyptian jets bombed IS targets on Monday in response to a militant video of the apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. Rival militias have been battling for control in Libya since 2011. 
Battle rages for Debaltseve despite truce
Fierce fighting is reported inside the key Ukrainian town of Debaltseve despite a ceasefire agreed last week. Rebels say they have taken most of Debaltseve, a transport hub, but the government says it is still holding its positions. International observers tasked with monitoring the ceasefire have been unable to enter the town. Meanwhile, Ukraine accused separatists of breaching the ceasefire and said hopes for peace were being destroyed. 
Boko Haram militants attack Chad for first time
Nigerian Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chad overnight, the first such assault on Chadian soil, officials say. Fighters crossed Lake Chad in four motorboats and attacked a village, an army spokesman told the BBC. The Islamist militants were pushed back by Chadian troops after killing several people, residents said. Chad recently joined Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon in a military coalition against Boko Haram. 
Leaders agree peace roadmap for Ukraine crisis
An agreement aimed at ending the fighting in Ukraine has been reached, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also includes weapon withdrawals and prisoner exchanges, but key issues remain to be settled. 
Over 300 Migrants killed in Mediterranean tragedy
At least 300 migrants are feared to have drowned after attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa this week in rough seas, the UN says. UNHCR official Vincent Cochetel said it was a "tragedy on an enormous scale". Survivors brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa said they were forced to risk the bad weather on ill-equipped vessels by human traffickers in Libya. They were rescued from two of four dinghies that got into trouble after leaving Libya for Europe on Saturday. 
Niger's parliament has voted to send troops to Nigeria to join the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The vote took place after Boko Haram attacked a prison and detonated a car bomb on Monday in the town of Diffa, near Niger's border with Nigeria. MPs said parliament unanimously authorised deploying 750 soldiers with a regional force battling Boko Haram. Boko Haram has increasingly drawn in Nigeria's neighbours. 
Battles rage ahead of Minsk talks
Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine as government forces and pro-Russian rebels try to make gains ahead of expected peace talks on Wednesday. Rebels carried out rocket attacks on a key military base and a residential area in Kramatorsk, officials say, killing at least seven civilians. Meanwhile, Ukraine's volunteer Azov battalion has launched an offensive against separatists around Mariupol. More than 5,400 people have died since the conflict began last April.
Volcano evacuations in Guatemala
Scores of residents have been evacuated from their homes in southern Guatemala after the Fuego volcano erupted, the country's president says. Clouds of black ash belched into the sky, while showers of rock and dust fell on to surrounding towns. The international airport in the capital Guatemala City was closed as result of the explosion, President Otto Perez said. It is expected to reopen later on Sunday, reports suggest. 
Boko Haram kidnaps 20 in Nigeria
Suspected militants from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have hijacked a bus in northern Cameroon, abducting at least 20 people, residents say. Militants reportedly seized a bus carrying market-goers and drove it toward the border with Nigeria. Some reports put the total number kidnapped in Cameroon as high as 30. Boko Haram has escalated its attacks outside Nigeria in recent weeks, targeting neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.
Bangladesh firebomb attacks kill nine
Nine people have been killed after attackers hurled petrol bombs at a bus and truck in Bangladesh, police say. Police reportedly blamed opposition activists for the violence, which also injured 30 others. At least 70 people have been killed in attacks since anti-government protests began last month. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called for a general shutdown in January, on the anniversary of last year's disputed election. The BNP had boycotted that election, saying it would be rigged, and is now trying to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down and call new polls. Six people died when petrol bombs hit a packed bus from the northern district of Gaibandha to Dhaka on Friday, police said. A similar arson attack on a truck in the southern district of Barisal killed three people early on Saturday, police added. 
Boko Haram in first Niger attack
The Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram has attacked a town in Niger for the first time, witnesses say. Niger's government said it killed more than 100 of the group's fighters as it repulsed the attack on the border town of Bosso. The group reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the town of Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday. The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead and displaced more than a million over the past six years. The militants control a large stretch of land in north-eastern Nigeria. Its neighbours have promised to send troops to help it fight the militants, who are now attacking those countries. 
Water pollution concern for Rio 2016
Organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics admit they are "concerned" about water pollution in the sailing venue, but say the Games will be delivered "on time". About 48% of sewage pumped into the Guanabara Bay is untreated, while illegal dumping is a big problem. Last month government officials stated they would miss their target of an 80% reduction in water pollution by the start of the Olympics next August. "There is a huge problem with garbage," Mario Andrada told BBC Sport. The Rio 2016 director of communications continued: "It [the state of the sailing venue] is a concern because the water is not fully clean, but it will be safe for the Olympics." 
New Ukraine peace push launched
Diplomatic efforts are under way to end renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have arrived in the capital Kiev to present a new peace initiative. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is also in Kiev, said the US wanted a diplomatic solution, but would not close its eyes to Russian aggression. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels has killed more than 5,000 people since last April. 
Jordan jets strike Islamic State
Jordan says its warplanes have carried out their first air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets since the militants released a video showing the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. On their way back, the planes flew over the village of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Their flight coincided with a visit to the village by Jordanian King Abdullah II, who was meeting the pilot's family. The king has vowed to the step up the fight against IS. Jordan is part of a US-led coalition bombing the militants. 
Boko Haram kill 70 in Cameroon border town of Fotokol
Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town's mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire. The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol. The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead over the last six years. 
King of Jordan vows severe response to IS
Jordan's King Abdullah II has promised to fight back hard against Islamic State, saying that the death of a Jordanian pilot at the militants' hands will not be in vain. The remarks were made as the king held a crisis meeting with security chiefs. He cut short a US trip after IS posted a video appearing to show pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive. 
Chadian troops kill Boko Haram militants
Chad's army says it has killed more than 200 militant Islamists and lost nine men during a battle to recapture a key town in north-eastern Nigeria. Boko Haram militants killed about 30 people after fleeing from the battle to Cameroon, a resident said. It was the most intense battle known to involveChadian troops since they entered the conflict in Nigeria. 
Taiwan TransAsia plane crashes into river
A plane carrying mostly Chinese tourists has crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 31 people. Dramatic video footage emerged showing the TransAsia Airways plane clipping a bridge as it came down shortly after take-off from a Taipei airport. The plane, carrying 58 people, broke up as it plunged into Taipei's Keelung River. The fuselage was later salvaged by crane. There were 15 survivors pulled from the wreckage but 12 people remain missing. 
New Ukraine clashes catastrophic
Up to 16 civilians have been killed and dozens more injured in the space of 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine, as the UN warns that the fresh surge in violence is proving "catastrophic". Government and rebel representatives reported the latest deaths in locations across the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukraine's army also said five soldiers had died fighting pro-Russian rebels near the strategic town of Debaltseve. Civilian casualties have risen sharply in recent weeks amid a rebel offensive. The latest deaths were in the city of Donetsk, Debaltseve and several villages under government control in the Luhansk region. The exact numbers could not be independently confirmed. 
Chadian troops have entered Nigeria to join the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Armoured vehicles and infantry crossed a bridge from Cameroon following air strikes and mortar attacks on Boko Haram positions, officials say. Fighting focused on the key north-eastern town of Gamboru, Nigerian security spokesman Mike Omeri said. Chad's deepening involvement shows how the conflict with Boko Haram is taking a regional dimension. Last week, Chadian troops reportedly moved into Malumfatori, a Nigerian town which lies near the borders of Chad and Niger, after a ground and air assault against the militants. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to create a caliphate, incorporating parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The African Union has responded by backing plans to establish a 7,500-strong regional force to fight the group. The Chadian contingent of about 2,000 troops crossed the frontier without a shot being fired, AFP news agency reports from the scene. Chad warplanes had earlier carried out air strikes for about an hour. 
Most China cities fail air test
Only eight out of China's 74 biggest cities passed the government's basic air quality standards in 2014, the environment ministry has said. The most polluted cities were in north-eastern Hebei, the province that surrounds the capital Beijing. Beijing and Shanghai both failed the assessment, which was based on measurements of major pollutants. China is attempting to cut pollution but the country still relies heavily on coal for its energy needs. The government shut more than 8,000 coal-burning factories in Hebei last year. But the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing says like many places in China, the authorities are struggling to balance factory closures with the demands of the country's slowing economy. The environment ministry's statement published on its website (in Chinese) noted that the 2014 result was an improvement over the previous year, where only three cities met the standards. But it added that "presently, the country's air pollution situation remains serious". 
Bangladesh petrol bomb attack
At least seven people have been burned to death and 15 others injured, some seriously, in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in eastern Bangladesh. Police said the bus had been full of sleeping passengers when it was attacked near the town of Chauddagram. It is the latest in a spate of attacks on buses, lorries and cars since anti-government protests began last month. Opposition leader Khaleda Zia called for the protests on the anniversary of last year's disputed election. However, she has denied that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist allies are behind the firebombings. 
Blast hits Nigeria election rally
A female suicide bomber has blown up herself in northern Nigeria's Gombe city, minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left a campaign rally there. At least one person was killed and 18 others were wounded in the blast, police and hospital sources said. Mr Jonathan is standing for re-election on 14 February against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in the run-up to the contest. Explosions have also ripped through court buildings in three towns in oil-rich southern Nigeria in what police described as co-ordinated attacks. 
Liberia's Ebola vaccine trial begins
The first large-scale trials of two experimental vaccines against Ebola have begun in Liberia. The potentially preventative medicines were taken under strict security to a secret location in the West African country. Scientists aim to immunise 30,000 volunteers, including front-line health workers. More than 8,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 
At least 26 people have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula. A car bomb and mortars hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish, killing a number of soldiers. Other attacks took place in the nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza. Militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, said it carried out the attacks.
US north-east digs out of heavy snow
Residents of the US north-east are digging out after up to 36in (91cm) of snow fell in a day-long blizzard. The storm, which also destroyed part of a seawall and flooded parts of coastal Massachusetts, is being blamed for two deaths in Long Island. Clean-up is being hindered by freezing temperatures in the coming days forecast to be as low as 10F (-12C). But New York City and areas south were spared from an earlier prediction of a "potentially historic blizzard". City officials imposed a driving ban and took the unprecedented step of shutting the subway on Monday evening but less than a foot of snow fell overnight. Portland, Maine and Providence, Rhode Island both set a daily record for snowfall. A 110-ft replica of a Revolutionary War ship in Newport, Rhode Island was damaged after the storm flipped it. Wind gusts were as high as 78mph (125km/h) On Wednesday, Boston's transport system began running again and the first flight since Monday took off from Logan Airport. But snowploughs struggled to clear the roads, and Boston police drove several dozen doctors and nurses to work at hospitals. 
Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill 3
Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper have been killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border. A spokesman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) urged "maximum restraint to prevent an escalation". The peacekeeper was killed close to the disputed Shebaa Farms area, where an Israeli convoy was earlier hit by anti-tank missiles, killing two soldiers. The Israeli military responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon. Hezbollah said it carried out the missile attack in retaliation for an Israeli air strike that killed six of its fighters and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general in the Syrian Golan Heights 10 days ago. 
Northeastern United States braced for huge snowstorm
A "potentially historic blizzard" could dump up to 90cm (3ft) of snow on the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned. New York's mayor said the storm could be the city's biggest ever, telling residents to "prepare for the worst". Heavy snowfall is forecast from Philadelphia to Maine, pre-emptively closing many schools and offices. A blizzard warning has been issued across New York and Boston from Monday afternoon until Tuesday.
Syrian Kurds drive Islamic State out of Kobane
Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from Kobane, officials say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town. Fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of the town after the jihadists retreated. However, the US said it was not yet prepared to declare the battle over. Kobane was seen as a major test of the US-led coalition's strategy to combat IS in Syria with air strikes. 
Sixteen killed in Egypt protests
At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters across Egypt, officials said. One policeman was among the dead and dozens of protesters were also injured, health officials confirmed. The clashes follow the death of an activist in a march in Cairo. The protests were staged to mark the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising, which toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak. Security in major cities was tightened ahead of the anniversary, and key locations in Cairo were blocked off. Dozens of people were killed in similar protests last year. 
Ukraine vows to 'calm' fighting
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to "calm" fighting with pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine after 30 people were killed there on Saturday. Speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council, Mr Poroshenko said that a peace deal signed in September in Minsk was the only solution to the conflict. Russia's foreign minister also urged "comprehensive political dialogue". Both sides blame each other for the continuing fighting. More than 5,000 people have been killed in fighting since the rebels seized a large swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk regions last April, UN officials say. More than a million people have been displaced. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of arming the rebels and sending its troops into Ukrainian territory. Russia has denied directly arming the separatists, and blames Ukraine for the upsurge in fighting. 
Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city
Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead. Earlier on Sunday they captured the north-eastern town of Monguno. US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile has arrived in Nigeria to call for peaceful elections next month which need to set "a new standard". The vote looks set to be the closest since the end of military rule 15 years ago. 
Venezuelans protest over shortages
Thousands of Venezuelans have attended an opposition march in Caracas, blaming government policies for the country's worsening economic crisis. Saturday's march was the first attempt by the opposition in months to revive the protest movement that rocked the country last year. Many banged empty pots, in reference to the shortage of many staple foods. Riot police blocked the demonstrators' access to the city centre, but there were no major clashes. Opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Mr Maduro "must step aside now, so the Venezuelan people can stand united again". Demonstrators voiced discontent at high inflation, crime and shortages. 
Yemen President and PM resign as rebels tighten hold
The president of Yemen has resigned along with his prime minister as Shia Houthi rebels tighten their grip on the capital Sanaa. President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah tendered their resignations to parliament which reportedly refused to accept them. The move came despite a deal to make political concessions to the rebels. Rebel figures welcomed the news with one reportedly proposing the creation of a ruling presidential council. 
Japan PM vows to save hostages
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned an apparent threat by the Islamic State group to kill two Japanese hostages. A video purportedly from the group shows a militant threatening to kill two hostages unless a ransom is paid. In the video, which has not been independently verified, the militant also criticises Japan for pledging aid to countries fighting IS. 
Nepal violence over new constitution
Scuffles broke out in Nepal's parliament and police arrested protesters in the capital as tensions rose before a deadline to draft a new national constitution. Opposition lawmakers threw chairs and microphones and attacked the parliamentary Speaker early on Tuesday. The Maoist opposition accuse the ruling coalition of trying to push through their proposals without consensus. Nepal's leaders have set 22 January as a deadline for the draft constitution. The country's political parties have been trying to reach agreement on a new constitution since the former kingdom's first Constituent Assembly was elected in 2008. Deadlines have repeatedly been missed. The 2008 elections followed a peace deal with Maoist rebels who had fought a decade-long civil war in which more than 12,000 people died. 
Deadly Congo clashes over Kabila
SAt least four people have been killed in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down next year. The protests continued on Tuesday in the capital, Kinshasa, and internet connections were blocked following Monday's clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. Demonstrators say government plans for a census are a ploy to delay elections. Mr Kabila is constitutionally barred from running for a third term. The government admits next year's elections could be delayed, but says the census is vital to ensure free and fair elections. 
Argentine death sparks protests
Thousands of Argentines took to the streets in protest on Monday following the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Mr Nisman was found shot dead in his apartment in Buenos Aires on Sunday. He had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. 
Dozens of people have been killed or wounded as fighting escalates along the front line in eastern Ukraine and the battle for Donetsk airport continues. Artillery fire was reported in several areas of the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions and a hospital in Donetsk city was hit, reports said.
Niger protesters set churches on fire
At least three people have been killed and six churches attacked in Niger amid fresh protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Protests began outside Niamey's grand mosque and reportedly spread to other parts of the country, a day after five were killed in Niger's second city. Niger's president condemned the violence and appealed for calm. Last week, Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo's offices. The cover of the magazine's latest edition, published after the attack, featured a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad weeping while holding a sign saying "I am Charlie".
Channel Tunnel trains resume with delays
Passengers using the Channel Tunnel are still experiencing delays after it reopened following a lorry fire. Services resumed on Sunday morning but passengers have reported being held at the tunnels in both UK and France. Eurostar trains started moving through the tunnel again about 11:30 GMT, but at a reduced speed and only one of the two tunnels is open. At least 12,000 passengers were affected when the tunnel was closed for most of Saturday. Eurostar said passengers should expect delays of up to two hours from when they board. Eurotunnel, which operates car and lorry services, said there was a three-hour wait to board shuttles, and the tunnel affected by the fire would remain closed throughout Sunday. 
Armenia clashes over Russian soldier
At least 12 people have been wounded in clashes in Armenia between police and protesters demanding the handover of a Russian soldier accused of killing six members of a local family. The violence erupted when thousands of protesters in Gyumri tried to march on the Russian consulate in Armenia's second-largest city. Valery Permyakov, a soldier at a Russian base in Armenia, is suspected of killing the family on Monday. He is being held at the Russian base. Russia has promised to investigate the shootings, but has so far refused to hand the soldier over to Armenian authorities. 
Malawi floods kill 170 and leave thousands homeless
The authorities in Malawi say at least 170 people have died in flash floods - a sharp rise on previous figures. Heavy rain over the past month has swept many houses away and caused residents to flee to higher ground, some crossing the border to Mozambique. Vice-President Saulos Chilima said more than 100,000 people had been displaced from their homes, mostly in the south. 
Two people have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium, local officials say. A third person was wounded during the raid in the town of Verviers, according to Belgian TV. A source in the mayor's office told AFP news agency that "an operation is under way". Another official said the raid was "jihadist-related". Witnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire for several minutes and at least three explosions. 
New travel and trade rules between the US and Cuba are to take effect on Friday, US officials say. Measures include allowing US citizens to use credit cards in Cuba and for US businesses to export some technologies. Americans will be able to take home up to $100 (£66) in alcohol and tobacco from Cuba. Correspondents say it means the US ban on Cuban cigars is over. 
Double sieges in France come to an end
French police have stormed two hostage sites in the Paris area, killing three hostage takers. Two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo magazine shootings died in an assault at a warehouse where they had been holding a hostage north of Paris. In the second incident, anti-terror forces stormed a supermarket in eastern Paris where several hostages were being held by a gunman. Four hostages there were killed prior to the police assault, reports say. 
Charles De Gaulle Airport Flights Diverted
France’s largest airport is operating a reduced service amid a nearby ongoing siege involving the Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects. Up to two of the four runways at Charles de Gaulle Airport are affected, and at least two planes have been diverted from landing there. 
Charlie Hebdo suspects rob service station
The two main suspects in the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris are said to have robbed a service station in the north of France. Anti-terrorism police have converged on an area near Villers-Cotterêts where the gunmen were reported by French media to have stolen food and petrol. 
France: Gun attack on magazine kills 12
Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. A major police operation is under way to find three gunmen who fled by car. 
Australia races to control bushfires
More than 30 homes are already feared destroyed in the hills behind the city of Adelaide. More than 500 firefighters are tackling the fires, which have been burning since Friday. Officials say the blaze is the worst in the area since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, which left 75 dead. Temperatures are forecast to hit 34C in Adelaide on Monday before rising to as high as 38C on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. 
Malian town attacked by militants
Islamist insurgents have attacked the Malian town of Nampala near the Mauritanian border, killing at least five people in a dawn raid. Witnesses said the militants opened fire on soldiers after arriving in pick-up trucks. Other reports said they came on motorbikes and on foot. One report said Malian soldiers fled the attack; another said troops fought back and clashes lasted several hours. The militants have been fighting the Malian army for a number of years. 
Deadly suicide bomb rocks Mogadishu
A suicide car bomb attack by Islamist group al-Shabab has killed four people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say. Witnesses said the blast was close to the international airport, where African Union troops, UN staff and several Western embassies are based. Plumes of black smoke were seen in the area and the sound of gunfire was heard shortly after the explosion. Security has improved but al-Shabab still attacks Mogadishu regularly. 
Italy coastguards board abandoned migrant ship Ezadeen
. Italian authorities have taken control of a ship with 450 migrants, thought to be Syrian, that was abandoned by its crew off Italy's coast. The Italian coastguard said it was now being towed to an Italian port after a rescue team managed to board. The Ezadeen, sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone, lost power in rough seas overnight off the south-east of Italy. 
Cuba arrests protesting activists
Cuban dissidents say police have arrested a group of political activists who had been protesting outside a jail in the capital, Havana. Dozens of dissidents have been taken into custody in Cuba since Tuesday. The police operation began just a few hours before a planned open microphone protest at Havana's Revolution Square. It comes two weeks after Cuba and the United States announced they had agreed to restore diplomatic and economic relations, severed in the early 1960s. 
Kashmir clashes kill five troops
Indian forces in Kashmir have killed four Pakistani troops on the border ending a year in which hostilities between the neighbours have escalated. Firing took place on the international border between Samba sector and Pakistan after an Indian soldier was killed in an attack blamed on Pakistan. A ceasefire agreed in 2003 remains in place, but it is often violated.