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Earthquake leaves at least six dead in central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least six dead and others trapped under rubble, officials say.

Brexit: Owen Smith opposes Article 50 move without vote
Owen Smith says if he is elected Labour leader, the party would block invoking Article 50 in Parliament unless any Brexit deal is put to the electorate.

UK woman stabbed to death at Australian backpackers' hostel
A 21-year-old British woman dies after she was attacked with a knife in front of 30 people at an Australian backpackers' hostel.

Met Police to pay damages over holidaying officer probe
A former Met Police officer who sued the force for wrongly using its powers to investigate her after she went on holiday while on sick leave wins her case.

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, which flew for 500km (300 miles) before falling in the sea, say the US and South Korea.

Hillsborough appeal for Leppings Lane Gate C witnesses
Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster release CCTV images of 19 men they want to speak to.

Civil nuclear police: Working to 65 'physically impossible'
The body representing the UK's civil nuclear police challenge a rule forcing them to work beyond the age of 60, calling it "physically impossible".

Syria Jarablus: Turkey pounds IS positions ahead of ground operation
A ferocious bombardment of so-called Islamic State positions marks the start of a Turkish offensive to drive the militants away from the Syrian border.

Figures to show health of Scots economy
The Scottish government is to publish its latest calculation of taxation and spending in Scotland, as a guide to the health of Scotland's finances.

MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads
A worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed as soon as possible, MPs demand.

Ex-runner Zola Budd triggered government row, archives show
A campaign to fast-track British citizenship for South African runner Zola Budd triggered a major government rift in the mid-1980s, newly released documents show.

Artist Peter Doig wins case over painting he said was not his work
A Chicago court accepts that artist Peter Doig did not paint a landscape, valued at $10m (£7.6m) when it was believed to be by him.

Italian town of Amatrice struck by earthquake
The town of Amatrice was among several locations to suffer serious damage when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy.

The Corbyn train video that sparked a row
Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a "ram-packed" service.

Gaza's last tiger to leave for new home in South Africa
Gaza's last tiger Laziz is leaving for a new home and life in a South African sanctuary.

Ukraine 'undergoing identity makeover'
Ukraine is celebrating 25 years since it gained independence from the Soviet Union.

Dreams and despair in the desert: Africa's new gold rush
The world's newest gold rush is under way in the West African country of Mauritania as thousands rush into the Sahara hoping to strike it rich.

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish wash up in New Jersey
Hundreds of thousands of fish, commonly known as peanut bunker fish, have washed up dead in a New Jersey creek.

England's cricketers need to 'start well'
Eoin Morgan says it's "important" England 'start well' against Pakistan in the first of five ODIs starting in Southampton on Wednesday.

Cat 'adopts' baby squirrel monkey
A baby squirrel monkey, who was rejected by her mother, has been cared for by a cat.

BBC Breakfast
Britain's most-watched news channel, delivering breaking news and analysis all day, every day.

Ladbrokes Iron Man 3 ad banned over 'child appeal'
An advert for bookmaker Ladbrokes featuring the superhero Iron Man is banned by the advertising watchdog over fears it would appeal to children.

Perfume traces could help to solve crimes
Detecting traces of perfume could help in the fight against crime, a study suggests

James Gallagher: Revolution in depression treatment?
Can treating the immune system lead to a revolution in treating depression?

Mark Lowen: What will US vice-president find in Turkey?
As US Vice-President Joe Biden arrives in the Turkish capital, how do relations between the two countries stand?

Jonathan Marcus: Shifting diplomacy in Syria?
Could there be a glimmer of a chance for a settlement in Syria?

Hugh Schofield: Sarkozy to run again - five obstacles
Former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy confirms that he will seek to run again in next year's presidential election. What obstacles does he face?

Is Wikileaks putting people at risk?
Wikileaks has been criticised for not doing enough to screen sensitive information found in documents released via the site.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 10 potential stars of the next Olympics
Who might shine at Tokyo 2020? Contenders include a cyclist who had a team-mate in tears and a sprinter out to match Usain Bolt.

Turkey violence: How dangerous is Turkey's instability?
Turkey has witnessed yet another deadly terror attack. The BBC's Paul Kirby asks what are the risks of the crisis worsening.

Urjit Patel: India replaces 'rock star' Rajan with 'low-key' banker
India appoints a government insider as the new head of its central bank. Can Urjit Patel emerge from his predecessor "rock star" Raghuram Rajan's shadow?

US election 2016: The voters who could decide the outcome
While the general election is often described as an exercise in appealing to as many voters as possible, candidates are never one to neglect a niche audience.

California wildfires: What is a firenado?
A number of devastating "firenadoes" are raging in California. How do they work?

Newspaper headlines: Corbyn train seat row, Team GB homecoming and airport music
The row between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Virgin Trains founder Sir Richard Branson over seating dominates the front pages.

Summer in Snowdonia
Hyfrydwch un o'n Parciau Cenedlaethol trwy lens y ffotograffydd Dafydd Em // Snowdonia National Park in summer through the lens of photographer Dafydd Em

Turks mourn wedding blast dead
Victims of Saturday night's wedding party blast which left at least 50 dead and injured many more are being buried in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Rio 2016 closing ceremony
In pictures: The best and most bizarre moments of the Rio 2016 closing ceremony

Africans living in India
Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.

Water Life
A selection of images from Photocrowd’s latest competition, which challenged participants to share their best water themed photos

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 Celtic (agg 4-5)
Celtic reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years despite losing at Hapoel Beer Sheva.

Rio Olympics 2016: Laura Trott 'frustrated' by questioning of British success
Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott dismisses questions from rival riders about Great Britain's Rio performance.

US Open: Andy Murray seeded second, Johanna Konta career-high 13th
Andy Murray is seeded second in the men's singles for the US Open, with fellow Briton Johanna Konta a career-high 13th in the women's.

Northampton 2-2 West Brom (4-3 pens)
League One Northampton Town come from behind to beat Premier League side West Brom on penalties in the EFL Cup.

Sporting pioneer
In September 1960, Margaret Maughan won Great Britain's first ever Paralympics medal.

Potent pills
With ecstasy, or MDMA, being bought more freely on the dark net, the drug is growing in popularity - and in strength.

80s anxieties
The latest release of previously secret Foreign Office papers from the 1980s reveals a humorous footnote to the British government's ambivalent attitude towards Nelson Mandela.

In the rough
The sporting goods giants of Nike and Adidas are both looking to sell their golf club businesses. The BBC looks at what some of the reasons may be.

Power play
It's hard to locate on a map, but a new plan to disconnect from Australia's power grid is bringing a surge of attention to the village of Tyalgum.

Go-getters in the ghetto
France's immigrant suburbs have a terrible image and are accused of breeding jihadists, but there is a hidden, dynamic side to them, says Henri Astier.