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The Islamic face veil is to be banned in public in the capital of China's restive Xinjiang region, home to the Muslim Uighur minority.
A primary school in County Tyrone has been evacuated in a security alert.
The clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine in Switzerland has been interrupted after some patients complained of joint pains in their hands and feet.
New lorries designed to make it easier for drivers to spot pedestrians and cyclists face delays of up to eight years, it has emerged.
Fernando Alonso says he has returned to McLaren because he feels he has unfinished business in trying to win the world title.
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Online taxi firm Uber accepts a ban on its service in Delhi after the alleged rape of a female passenger, saying it will review how it screens drivers.
President Robert Mugabe's heir apparent, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, is known in Zimbabwe as "ngwena" or crocodile because of his political cunning, writes the BBC's Brian Hungwe.
As US Secretary of State John Kerry joins UN climate talks in Lima, we look at some of the hurdles on the path to an historic global deal.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for net access to be treated as a basic right, following a report suggesting great inequalities online.
A radio station's poll over whether or not two turkeys should be killed is criticised by Queen guitarist Brian May and other animal lovers.
The nominations for the 2015 Golden Globe awards are being announced in Hollywood.
Suspected suicide bomb during show at secondary school in Afghan capital kills one, injures scores - officials
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
Sleeping whales, sleep deprivation, boring diets, bunks with seatbelts; sailing round the world is no jolly for the all-female crew.
Friends of 1993 murder victim Claire Titman see killer jailed
The Catholic Church admits that some children in its care were "tragically and catastrophically" failed and offers an apology at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry.
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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is wrong-footed by a 10-year-old interviewer armed with a secondary school maths question.
The aeronautical rescue co-ordination centre (ARCC) at Kinloss in Moray is to close, it is announced.