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Pistorius given five years in jail
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the chief executive of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.
Man walks again after transplant
A paralysed Polish man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting specialist cells into his damaged spinal cord.
Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim
Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned by many states, a leading human rights group says.
Designer Oscar de la Renta dies
Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 82, says his family.
Swedish sub search focuses on bay
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.
Pair retract Thai murder confessions
Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand retract their confessions, lawyers say.
Canada hit-and-run man 'radicalised'
A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car before he was shot dead by police had been "radicalised", Canada's PM says.
Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman
The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).
Nepal plans tighter rules on treks
Officials in Nepal plan to introduce tougher controls of the country's trekking industry, a week after 41 people died in blizzards.
Australian teen surfaces in IS video
An Australian teenager who joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria surfaces in a video addressing PM Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama.
India suspend tours to West Indies
India suspend all future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision to abandon their tour of India last week.
VIDEO: Doctor on sister's Ebola death
Dr Olivet Buck died after contracting Ebola while treating patients in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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VIDEO: New smart glasses 'look to rival Google'
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at the smart glasses on show at the annual Ceatec electronics exhibition in Japan.
VIDEO: Halal lipstick launches in India
Religious women in India who want to wear make-up no longer have to struggle to find products that suit their faith.
AUDIO: Nigeria's vibrant media industry
How Nigeria's media industry could become one of the world's most vibrant
VIDEO: Baghdad: Where one bomb is a quiet day
The regularity of bombings in Baghdad makes fire-fighting a busy and dangerous profession.
VIDEO: Designer Oscar de la Renta dies
US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media report.
VIDEO: Investigation into US 'pumpkin riot'
An annual pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire, turned violent as the event descended into a night of rioting.
Singing nun releases 'Like a Virgin'
Italian nun who won the The Voice releases Madonna's 1984 hit as her debut single.
Banksy's Pierced Eardrum vandalised
A new mural by street artist Banksy in Bristol is vandalised less than 24 hours after the work appeared.
McDonald's and Coke see profits fall
McDonald's and Coca Cola post profits down sharply in the three months to the end of September, with both seeing sales under pressure in the US.
Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.
Audi claims self-drive speed record
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.
Students build Oculus Moon robot
US team develop a robot that can send back live pictures from the Moon as part of attempt to win Google's Lunar X-Prize.
Protests against controversial opera
Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer.
Turtles attack UK box office
The reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has topped the UK and Ireland box office, ending Gone Girl's two week run at the top.
Pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report claims.
Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'
Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.
Nigeria declared free of Ebola
The World Health Organization declares Nigeria officially free of Ebola - hailing it a "spectacular success story" - after six weeks with no new cases.
Scans reveal cause of winter blues
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Pistorius faces five-year IPC ban
Paralympic chiefs say Oscar Pistorius cannot compete in IPC events for five years after he is jailed for killing Reeva Steenkamp.
Real's Bale misses Liverpool game
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale misses Wednesday's Champions League game at Liverpool because of a thigh injury.
The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s
Today, the "free" in free school stands for the freedom to found a school outside council control. But back in the 1970s young idealists created a very different type of free school.
On the tracks of Australia's last record maker
How discs are pressed at the only record company in Australia with a vinyl press.
Bashir seeks to extend 25-year rule
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election next year, an aide says, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power.
Former Australian PM Whitlam dies
Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.
Magnum photographer Rene Burri dies
Celebrated Swiss photographer Rene Burri who took pictures of the likes of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso for the Magnum agency dies aged 81.
Rewards for Mexico missing students
The Mexican government offers rewards totalling $4.75m (£3m) for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.
Fresh fighting in key Syrian town
Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.
Exiled Nazis collected US benefits
The US has paid dozens of exiled Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social benefits after forcing them to leave the country, a new report finds.
Woman dies after being hit by tree
A woman dies and another man is in hospital after they were hit by trees blown over in separate incidents in high winds in London.
Pregnant duchess appears in public
The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first public appearance since announcing her second pregnancy.
Shrien Dewani's wife 'wanted divorce'
Anni Dewani, who was killed while on honeymoon in South Africa in November 2010, had wanted a divorce from her new husband, a court is told.
'Electrical fault' caused Didcot fire
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says an electrical fault could be to blame for a massive blaze at Didcot B power station.
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In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath
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From silver mine to wet plate
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In pictures: Hong Kong protest art
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In pictures: Urban photography competition winners
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The man who magically made maths fun
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VIDEO: Bondi Beach surfers fight depression
How a Bondi Beach surf club is tackling depression
Oscar de la Renta: Life and work in pictures
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Hobbit find rewriting human history
Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink
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Ebola crisis: How Nigeria's Dr Adadevoh fought the virus
How one doctor saved Nigeria from a catastrophe
Five ways Whitlam changed Australia
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VIDEO: Man v Subway
How racing the tube became a worldwide trend
Islamic State: The US volunteers who fight with Syria's Kurds
The Americans who have joined the Kurds in the fight against IS
Pumpkin riot shows US divisions
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What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
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Europe's crisis that won't go away
New drama five years after start of eurozone crisis