Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends armed forces in rare address

Ayatollah Khamenei praises the Revolutionary Guard amid anger over the downing of a passenger jet.

Chinese birth rate falls to lowest in seven decades

At the same time, China's population hit 1.4 billion in 2019 - but the gender imbalance remains.

Panama: Seven people found dead after suspected exorcism

The victims include a 32-year-old pregnant woman and five of her children, aged one to 11.

Australia droughts: ‘Wall of dust’ envelops town

A dust cloud sweeps across a New South Wales town, turning it red in seconds.

Andrew Yang's wife says gynaecologist sexually assaulted her

Evelyn Yang is one of 31 women suing a gynaecologist over allegations of sexual assault.

Ayanna Pressley: US congresswoman reveals alopecia diagnosis

Ayanna Pressley says she shared her condition because "as a Black woman, the personal is political".

Facebook blocks the Spinner's 'brainwashing' tech

Social network orders the Spinner to stop targeting its users with "disguised" ads.

Eminem criticised for lyric about bomb at Ariana Grande gig

"What you said was hurtful to so many people," fans tell the rapper after hearing his latest lyrics.

Ukraine PM Honcharuk offers to quit in audiotape furore

PM Honcharuk appears to mock President Zelensky's grasp of economics in a leaked recording.

China's economic growth hits 30-year low

The world's second largest economy has seen weak domestic demand amid a trade war with the US.

Trump impeachment: Senators sworn in for historic trial

The articles of impeachment were read aloud on the Senate floor as the trial got under way.

Utah condom campaign halted over racy packaging

The US state was to distribute 100,000 condoms for free as part of an HIV-prevention campaign.

Chinese student Wu Huayan died 'after donations withheld'

More than a million yuan ($144,000; £111,000) was raised for Wu Huyan - but she only saw a fraction.

Why so many pens?... and other impeachment oddities

A long signature, a dramatic procession, and cries of "hear ye" were all part of the impeachment trial.

Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?

Seven African countries are meeting in Togo to tackle the issue of fake drugs.

Serbia migrants: The man offering heat to people rejected by Europe

A priest tries to ease migrants' winter misery near Hungary's tightly-guarded border.

US officials ground drones over espionage fears

US officials are reviewing a civilian drone programme because of concerns about Chinese infiltration.

Prohibition: US activists fight for temperance 100 years on

US Prohibition was launched on 17 January 1920. A hundred years later, some activists won't give up.

What's behind the fight for Libya?

The oil-rich North African country has been beset by a civil war for nearly a decade.

What it means to be mixed race in the US

The number of multi-racial people in the US is on the rise. But the experience comes with struggles.

Putin's plans: What Russian president's surprise means

New PM, new government and plans to change the constitution - the BBC's Sarah Rainsford explains what's going on in Russia.

Building collapse misses pedestrians by seconds

Security footage captures two people in Washington DC narrowly avoid being crushed by falling debris.

Indians bake the world's 'longest cake'

Those who were lucky enough to grab a bite say it was 'up to the mark'.

Australia fires: Rain finally falls on some bushfires

Wet weather brings relief to some devastated areas, but the fire crisis is far from over.

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