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Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.
China is banning the national anthem from being performed at weddings, funerals, commercial and other non-political events, state media reports.
Sierra Leone announces it is banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations in order to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.
Flights to and from Scottish airports are hit by a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.
Labour proposes what it calls a "sensible" solution to the question of MPs voting on matters that only affect England.
The Premier League has opened bidding for the next tranche of television rights, for live games and highlights, for three seasons from 2016.
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New pensioner bonds are to carry market-leading interest rates, the government announces, with the products due to be launched in January.
A cat from Vladivostok sneaked into a display of fish at a shop in Vladivostok International Airport.
All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol says.
A time capsule dating back 200 years to 1795 has been recovered from the granite cornerstone of the statehouse in Massachusetts.
Swiss politicians pass a law that aims to strengthen the oversight of some 60 sports bodies based there, including Fifa and the International Olympic Committee.
Press Association photographer Jonathan Brady explains the story behind his photographs of the US royal tour.
A new housing development has been built in Johannesburg, South Africa, using shipping containers and disused grain silos.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says the Premier League leaders will not make any new signings in the January transfer window.
Ex-News of the World features editor Jules Stenson admits phone hacking, at an Old Bailey hearing
The NHS in England has suffered its "worst week on record in A&E" says shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.
There has been a steep rise in the number of GCSE and A-Level grades changed after schools challenged the results.