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Will women be serving in the infantry anytime soon?
Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016, the BBC understands, subject to a review into female soldiers.
South Korea bans a political party for the first time in decades, with a court ordering a party accused of supporting the North to disband.
The world's largest canned tuna producer Thai Union Frozen Products is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£96m).
Capturing black life on Instagram
Eight children are found stabbed to death at a house in a suburb of the Australian city of Cairns, police say.
The government's Access to Work scheme is only helping a "minority" of disabled people stay in, or gain, employment, a group of MPs says.
Marc Maiffret, a former hacker who is now an internet security expert, says it is easy for a hacker to break into a company Sony.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
A secret CIA report released by Wikileaks says strikes against Taliban leaders have had little impact on the group.
Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".
Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests.
The precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction has been pinpointed by scientists.
The battle for guns at university
Up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council, an independent review of cases has found.
Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.
Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.
the tradition that only got going in the 1960s
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.