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A critical report says many callers to Devon and Cornwall Police's 101 number wait more than 20 minutes for an answer and thousands hang up in frustration.
A controversial Indian guru is set to appear in court after police arrested him late on Wednesday, ending a week-long stand-off during which six people died.
China is investing in Turkmenistan's energy sector to boost the supply of gas to its fast growing economy.
Activity in some of China's factories and workshops hits a six month low in November, a fresh survey shows.
The current dispute between Russia and the EU is not likely to be resolved any time soon, says Mark Mardell.
Tech giant Yahoo will now replace market leader Google as the default search engine on Firefox's internet browsers in the US.
Another metre of snow is expected in upstate New York after a massive snowstorm killed at least seven people on Wednesday.
A Canadian family is facing a bill of almost $1m (£638,000) from an American hospital, because their daughter was born prematurely while they were on holiday in Hawaii.
Chemicals giant Ineos is to announce plans to invest up to $1bn (£640m) in shale gas exploration and production in the UK, the BBC understands.
North Korea threatens to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations.
Can China conquer its internet paranoia?
The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste goes into service between Bristol and Bath.
Nokia launches a new tablet as Microsoft drops the company's name from another. What does this all mean, asks Rory Cellan-Jones?
A reward of up to £20,000 is offered ahead of the 20th anniversary of a taxi driver's shooting
Germany's three left-leaning parties agree a historic deal which will see the first far-left state president since the fall of Communism.
Wealthy city-state Singapore has once again topped a ranking of the best places in the world to do business, with the UK ranking only 21st.
Representatives from the world's richest countries are meeting in Berlin to pledge money to smooth the way for a global climate change deal.
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.
The government did not "think through" its legal aid cuts early enough and "does not know" whether people in need of aid are getting it, a report says.
West African musicians compete with Band Aid 30