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A Republican congressional aide has resigned after remarks attacking US President Barack Obama's daughters' attitude were widely condemned.
Ireland's Stephanie Roche is shortlisted for Fifa's goal of the year alongside James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie.
Shaun Murphy and Ricky Walden join Judd Trump and John Higgins in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.
Why Texas is closing down prisons
BBC News hears from two sisters who beat three men they accuse of sexual harassment on a bus in India.
England off-spinner James Tredwell backs Alastair Cook to continue as one-day captain after calls for him to resign.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos demands an explanation from Gen Ruben Dario Alzate about his kidnapping following his release on Sunday.
The White House is hosting meetings with civil rights leaders and others to discuss "mistrust" between police and ethnic minorities, following unrest in the Missouri suburb of Ferguson.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer are named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize.
Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in their lab.
The World Health Organization says the goals it set itself for treatment and safe burials in West Africa's Ebola outbreak have largely been met.
Police forces across Europe have seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, according to Europol.
And other reasons why Ebola continues in Sierra Leone
How UK is helping Lebanon prevent Islamic State invasion
The parents of a two-year-old girl who died after drinking a heroin substitute are both jailed for eight years for her manslaughter.
The company behind the world's first regulated Bitcoin investment fund has its HSBC account in Jersey closed.
Chechen leader sends mixed messages
The chief executive of the Co-op Bank admits it would come as "no surprise" if the bank failed a Bank of England stress test later this month..
Firefighters in England are to stage a 24-hour strike on 9 December as part of their long-running pensions row with the government.
HK Chief Executive CY Leung warns pro-democracy activists not to return to the streets after violence broke out as police cleared a protest site.