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Millions of Japanese voters are heading to the polls in a snap election called by Shinzo Abe to boost support for his economic reforms.
Leinster secure a narrow win over Harlequins and the sides are now level on points at the top of a competitive Pool Two.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "thankful" to fans after they sing his name in the 4-1 win over Newcastle United.
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan claims victory over the International Criminal Court after it halts its Darfur war crimes investigations.
Former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer is selected to fight a safe Labour seat in next year's general election.
Arsenal put their recent Premier League troubles behind them with an easy win over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium.
Stormzy, Little Simz and Raury are revealed on BBC Radio 1Xtra's Hot for 2015 list. They're the 15 artists tipped for big things in the next year
Hull boss Steve Bruce says referee Chris Foy did not "do his job" during his team's 2-0 loss to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Officials in Hawaii say there is no immediate threat as lava flow from Kilauea volcano continues to widen.
Frank Lampard gives Manchester City a 1-0 win at Leicester but Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany both suffer injuries.
A convicted murderer who failed to return after being given temporary release last month is back in custody, the prison service says.
Thousands of people are marching through the US capital to protest recent killings of unarmed black people by police.
Premier League leaders Chelsea maintain 100% record at Stamford Bridge with a scrappy victory against 10-man Hull.
A Korean Air cabin crew chief says he was forced to kneel and ask forgiveness by an airline executive who was furious that her nuts were served in a bag.
Two-time defending champions Toulon avenge last weekend's European Champions Cup defeat with victory at home to Leicester.
Talks between Northern Ireland's political parties are to resume next week, it is believed on Tuesday.
Hundreds of British troops will be sent to Iraq in the New Year, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.
Alastair Cook says he will still be England captain into next year despite losing a fourth successive one-day series.
A Dutchman's attempt to engineer a romantic marriage proposal ends in chaos as a crane smashes into the roof a house and forces more to be evacuated.
A crane tips over and crashes into the roof of a house in IJsselstein, near Utrecht in the Netherlands, after a marriage proposal went wrong.