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MPs have voted by a majority of one to force the prime minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit process, in a bid to avoid any no-deal scenario. Labour's Yvette Cooper led the move, which the Commons passed in one day. The bill will need Lords approval to become...
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to stand trial for his role in a financial scandal that has sent shockwaves around the world. Mr Najib is accused of pocketing $681m (£522m) from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. He denies any wrongdoing. The fund was meant to boost Malaysia's economy...
The tiny South-east Asian country of Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that makes gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death. The new measures, set to begin Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation. The move has sparked international condemnation and...
Theresa May will ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline to "break the logjam" in Parliament. The PM says she wants to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree a plan on the future relationship with the EU. But she insisted her withdrawal agreement - which was voted down...
Indian IT billionaire Azim Premji recently became India's top philanthropist, sealing his place among the world's top givers. But his generosity has put philanthropy in the spotlight in a country where charity does not appear to match wealth. The BBC's Aparna Alluri reports. With his recent pledge of $7.5bn, Mr Premji's total philanthropic contribution...
Members of Parliament have again rejected all the options placed before them, as they tried to find a compromise that would help end the Brexit impasse. The rejections came during a second round of votes in the House of Commons on alternative proposals to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. Mrs May's deal has been...
MPs have again failed to agree on proposals for the next steps in the Brexit process. The Commons voted on four motions for leaving the EU, including a customs union and a Norway-style arrangement - keeping the UK in the single market - but none gained a majority. The votes were...
India has entered full election mode: voting is due to begin on 11 April, with the final ballot cast more than five weeks later on 19 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all the latest updates on the twists and turns of the world's largest democracy. Rahul Gandhi makes a gamble in the South What is happening? India's main...
The co-owner of Russia's second biggest airline died when her private plane crashed in Germany, the firm says. Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women and the major shareholder in S7, also known as Siberia Airlines, died when the plane crashed while landing at Egelsbach airport near Frankfurt. Another passenger and the pilot also died in the crash, German media quoted...
A comedian with no political experience has won the most votes in the first round of Ukraine's presidential elections, according to exit polls. They say Volodymyr Zelenskiy - who plays the president on TV - got 30.4%, with current leader Petro Poroshenko on 17.8%. Early results confirm this. The two - who have expressed largely pro-EU opinions - are set to...

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