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File photo: A general view of a street in the Yarmuk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, 12 September 2013 IS militants 'enter Damascus camp'

Islamic State militants enter the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital, seizing control of large areas, reports say.


Jose Manuel Barroso

Greece made 'unrealistic promises'

The Greek government made "completely unrealistic promises" to voters that it cannot now fulfil, the former European Commission president tells the BBC.


Raheem Sterling

I'm not a money-grabber - Sterling

Raheem Sterling tells BBC Sport he is not a "money-grabbing 20-year-old" after turning down a Liverpool deal worth £100,000 a week.


Thomas Winkelmann, chief executive, Germanwings (left) and Carsten Spohr, chief executive, Lufthansa (right)

Lufthansa: 'We are very, very sorry'

The CEOs of Germanwings and Lufthansa have said they are sorry for what has happened after visiting Seyne-les-Alpes, the town nearest the site of the crashed Germanwings plane.


You won't believe these critters are real

The 17 most ridiculous animals

Life is magnificent and amazing, but sometimes it can also be utterly preposterous. We've gathered together 17 of the daftest things on Earth


Here, robust business exists with short winters, low prices – and happy people

Best US city for work and play?

Here, robust business exists alongside short winters, low prices – and happy people


A grand dame is revived in New York

Lincoln Continental, revived

The rear-wheel-drive full-size luxury sedan sends a strong message that there’s life yet in Ford’s beleaguered luxury line.


Will androgynous looks catch on?

‘Women’s clothes’ – for men

‘The girlfriend look’ is all the rage on the catwalk – but will men really wear lace and chiffon? Lindsay Baker investigates.


The graveyards of underwater behemoths

Where nuclear subs go to die

When nuclear-powered submarines reach the end of their lives, dismantling them is a complicated and laborious process. Paul Marks investigates.


Where misfit, pint-sized Indiana Joneses reigned

The town that gave The Goonies life

Thirty years after the cult classic hit theatres, the Oregon coastal town where it was shot still celebrates the local Goonies heritage.

in focus


The world's best secret hideaways

From gorgeous shots of soaring heights to simple sunsets and shifting sand dunes - here is where BBC Travel's readers go to escape the bustle of daily life.

life of luxury


Who needs labels?

'Designer' goods often come with eye-watering price tags. But can luxurious items without a big brand name still command big prices?

Space station

Death ray

Nasa's mission to monitor a cosmic killer

How has this space mission, which tracks violent explosions around the Universe, changed our view of the cosmos?




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