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France elections: Macron and Le Pen 'through to run-off'

The pair are set to face-off on 7 May but it is the centrist Emmanuel Macron who is favourite.

North Korea 'detains American citizen'

The detention of a third US man comes amid heightened tension on the peninsula.

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

Marathon runner helps exhausted rival

Runner helps exhausted London marathon competitor across the line

Messi scores last-second winner

Lionel Messi scores his 500th Barcelona goal to send them top of La Liga with a last-minute winner against Real Madrid.

Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers

An Italian prosecutor tells a newspaper there is evidence of direct contact between the two.

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

More than a third of pupils have felt the need to ask adults to put down their phones, suggests a poll.

Colombia's ELN loses kidnap victim in jungle escape

Colombia's ELN guerrillas say a Russian-Armenian wildlife trafficker they held hostage has escaped.

General election 2017: Tony Blair says Brexit stance more important than party

The former prime minister urges voters not to elect candidates who "back Brexit at any cost".

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Germany AfD: Right-wing party picks election leaders

Facing a slump in popularity, the AfD is seeking to enter national parliament for the first time.

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Erin Moran also starred in the show's spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi.

Bomb left outside Ardoyne school was designed to kill officers, say police

Police say bomb left outside gates of Belfast primary school could have killed or seriously injured.

Australian girl, 8, escaped a sinking car but family drowned

Chloe Kabealo, who got out and raised the alarm, says she tried to go up for air and kept rising.

Bend It Like Granny

The 98-year-old grandmother from India's Tamil Nadu state who leads a yoga dynasty.

'We’re doing something nobody has ever done before'

Steph is an international cheerleader. She’s also blind.

Gunshot survivors bare all for photographer

Photographer Kathy Shorr has photographed 101 gun shooting survivors throughout the US in a powerful new photography project.

Your pictures: Street food

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "Street food".

Thousands turn out for Washington March for Science

Thousands of scientists have taken part in a demonstration in Washington DC in protest against what they see as a global political assault on facts.

Africa's top shots: 13-20 April 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Running, rescuing, romping

Some of the week's more heartwarming stories

Around the world in seven years... on a bike

Leigh Timmis left Derby in 2010 to cycle round the world. He returns today, several years late.

Coachella to icebergs: The week in pictures

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

10 things we didn't know last week

Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant, and more news nuggets.

The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?

Researchers have named nearly five million victims of the Holocaust, but they are in a race against time to identify the rest, reports Raffi Berg.

Why Rome sends trains filled with rubbish to Austria

Austria is providing an ingenious solution to the desperate problem of overflowing rubbish in Rome.

BBC man met murdered Paris officer at Bataclan

The BBC's Nick Garnett recalls interviewing Xavier Jugelé, the officer killed on the Champs Elysees.

Film points finger at South Korean government for Sewol disaster

A new film about the Sewol ferry sinking criticises the South Korean government for the tragedy.

Target Somalia: The new scramble for Africa?

Many different countries are trying to get a toehold in Somalia as it slowly emerges from chaos.

Could a student's death change Pakistan's blasphemy laws?

Journalism student Mashal Khan was beaten to death by a mob who accused him of blasphemy.

Cuba's slick TV channel that supports 'more revolution'

The BBC's Will Grant speaks to the people behind Cuba's new Canal Caribe news channel.

To Ray Davies, America is a 'beautiful but dangerous' place

America is "a beautiful but dangerous place," says Ray Davies, as he discusses his new album.

Trump tracker: How much has the president achieved so far?

Donald Trump says his administration has made "incredible progress". Do the facts back that up?

Is Hungary copying Russia by targeting Soros-backed university?

Hungary's squeeze on the liberal Central European University is like Russian tactics, critics say.

How do you organise a snap election?

News of a snap poll means many late nights and cancelled weekends for some over the coming weeks.

The asylum detainee who shot a film in secret

How Behrouz Boochani smuggled out a feature film from Australia's detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

Trumplomacy: What does US embrace of the Saudis mean?

There's been a shift in US policy towards Iran and Saudi Arabia, reports Barbara Plett Usher.

Does this court judgement make any sense?

India's Supreme Court has sent back an incomprehensible judgement to a High Court judge.

Were Dortmund blasts part of elaborate scam?

Police now believe the attack on Borussia Dortmund was part of a plot straight out of a Bond film.

'They want to exterminate us'

A gay man who fled Chechnya after being allegedly tortured tells the BBC he can never go back.

Iran election: The six men running for president

Two clerics and a fashion-loving pilot. are among those competing in Iran's presidential elections.

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City

Alexis Sanchez's extra-time winner sees Arsenal beat Manchester City at Wembley to reach a third FA Cup final in four seasons.

PFA Player of the Year: Chelsea's N'Golo Kante wins top award for 2016-17

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante is voted the PFA Player of the Year for 2016-17, with Tottenham's Dele Alli picking up the young player award.

Celtic 2-0 Rangers

Celtic beat Rangers to set up a Scottish Cup final meeting with Aberdeen and the chance to complete a domestic treble.

Fed Cup: GB beaten in Romania as Johanna Konta and Heather Watson lose

Great Britain are consigned back to the Europe/Africa Zone group after losing their Fed Cup World Group II play-off in Romania.

Guardiola must improve Man City's mood quickly after Arsenal defeat - Jermaine Jenas

Pep Guardiola must lift his players quickly to ensure they qualify for next season's Champions League, argues Jermaine Jenas,

London Marathon: An inspirational end to the race for two runners

Swansea Harriers' Matthew Rees helps fellow runner David Wyeth through a painful final 200 metres at the end of the 2017 London Marathon.

Why is the election so important?

A quick guide to the French presidential election - said to be the least predictable in decades.

Who are the candidates?

Profiles of the leading candidates to become France's president in two rounds of voting on 23 April and 7 May.

Economic challenge looms

France may have a high standard of living but there are some persistent economic problems that will prove a challenge to whoever becomes the next president.

Has the latest shooting affected French voters' plans?

Marseille voters tell us if their voting intentions have changed after a gunman killed a policeman in Paris.

Holograms, mistrust and 'fake news'

How technology and disillusionment with mainstream media is affecting France's presidential election.