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On a crisp autumn day in 1915, 38 ornithologists gathered in the tiny Swiss village of Zimmerwald. Only, they were not actually bird watchers - that was just a cover. These were socialists from all over Europe, meeting to discuss ways to bring peace to a continent ravaged by World War One.
Is it right to kill animals for food? And if it's wrong, how wrong is it? Could and should Western society ever change its views? Four philosophers share their views with BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme...
The US Justice Department is looking into why a female student in South Carolina was pulled from her desk by an officer and dragged across a classroom. The incident occurred at Spring Valley High School in Columbia when the unnamed student refused to leave class.
Indian police officers ferry thousands of criminals to different courts and jails every day. Most of them are kept under tight security, but some still find innovative ways to escape.
The world's largest museum and research organisation is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of its founder. But it was pure luck that the Smithsonian Institution was ever created...
Nearly 150 global leaders are gathering in Paris on Sunday for a critical UN climate meeting, amid tight security. The conference, known as COP21, will attempt to craft a long-term deal to limit carbon emissions.
Jonah Lomu, the All Blacks player widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all time, has died at the age of 40. He had been suffering from a rare kidney disorder and was undergoing dialysis.
Egyptian officials now say they are "90% sure" that there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb. The Antiquities Ministry said it had carried out scans to gather more information about the theory...
Nine other people were injured during the standoff at the Planned Parenthood clinic, which lasted five hours before the suspect surrendered. The motive remains unclear. The Planned Parenthood group has drawn anti-abortion protests in the past.
Lucas Etter shaved 0.35 seconds off his friend's record at the River Hill Fall 2015 competition in Maryland, USA. The time, recorded by the World Cube Association, is awaiting official verification as a world record...
Li-fi can deliver internet access 100 times faster than traditional wi-fi, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second). It requires a light source, such as a standard LED bulb, an internet connection and a photo detector.
Belgium has been placed at the heart of the Paris attacks investigation. For days its capital was in lockdown due to fears of an imminent attack. And around the world observers have begun to question why Belgium has become so central to the Islamist security threat in Europe.
One sure sign that Brussels is beginning to get back to business: the traffic's a mess again. Hardly a sign that people are staying at home...
About three miles to the west of Brussels' Grand Place there's a neighbourhood far removed from the chocolate shops and cafes so synonymous with the city's tourist centre. Molenbeek-Saint-Jean is a densely-packed district where unemployment is high and disengagement rife...
People with a dental phobia are more likely to undergo treatment without sedation if they have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), research suggests. The research, published in the British Dental Journal, looked at 130 people who all feared dental treatment.
Coastguards believe it is from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 which exploded after take-off in Florida in June. Local boatmen towed the section to Tresco where it is under guard on the beach.
Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow. Ponds on the surface of the Khumbu glacier in the Himalayas have expanded and joined together to form larger bodies of water.
Scientists in France have developed an ultrasound technique that can rapidly build up a 3D view of a network of blood vessels, in microscopic detail. They used it to scan the blood vessels throughout the brain of a live rat.
Derek Medina admitted taking the picture on his phone and uploading it onto the social media site. He failed to convince the jury that he had shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence after years of abuse.
When Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children, she knew she might be criticised on social media. But the attacks went far beyond what she had expected - accusations of selfishness soon turned into vitriolic abuse that made her deactivate her Twitter account.