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Pope Francis visits Assisi, the home of St Francis
Programmes will resume at 00:01 GMT
The US government appears to be on the brink of a partial shutdown. How long will it last?
What does fracking involve and what impact does it have on the environment?
Rebecca Musser was forced to marry an 85-year-old self-styled prophet of a radical sect
Live news, business and sport from around the world.
Can food production cater for 11 billion people by the end of this century?
Mao declares the formation of the People's Republic of China on 1 October 1949
3/3 Lucy Ash looks at the conflicts within Iraq between 2005 and 2012
News and issues making the headlines each day.
America's government has begun a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years.
A Mauritanian slave's extraordinary journey to freedom - and how he freed his family
Washington budget impasse. Who controls Syria's weapons sites? Can music keep you young?
The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
BBC sports correspondents tell the story behind today's top sporting news, with intervi...
The US federal government begins a partial shutdown, the first in 17 years.
Congress has failed to agree a budget and a partial federal government shutdown has begun.
Does the future lie in The Internet of Things - where all our devices are connected?
Kenya, Somalia and Nairobi's stories intertwine at Westgate; the diplomatic ballet in NY
How long will the US shutdown last?; musical time-out; Ed Miliband slams "slur" on father.
Explorations in the world of science.
The world's most powerful nation has effectively shut down part of its government.
Polarised views of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo; protests over hydropower in the Alps
Wednesday 2 October 2013