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Ferguson protests spread across US
Protests have been held in more than a dozen US cities over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed a black teenager in Missouri.
HK policemen arrested over beating
Seven Hong Kong policemen are arrested in connection with the beating of a pro-democracy protester in October.
Cricketer Hughes 'remains critical'
Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition after being struck on the head by a ball in a match.
Juncker reveals giant EU jobs plan
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives details of a ?315bn (250bn; $393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe's economy.
Lebanese diva Sabah dies, aged 87
Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, popularly known as the "Diva of Music" in the Arab world, dies at the age of 87.
Zimbabwe VP leadership bid blocked
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF blocks Vice-President Joyce Mujuru from retaining a party post, damaging her chances of one day succeeding President Mugabe.
Nato fears Russian Black Sea control
Nato's top commander warns that Russia's increased military presence in the annexed region of Crimea could be used to control the Black Sea.
China drafts domestic violence law
China drafts its first national law against domestic violence, long seen as a private matter in the country.
Germany backs female directors quota
Top German companies are told to ensure that 30% of supervisory board positions are held by women from 2016 under a law agreed late on Tuesday.
Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke'
The founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he is out of funds after spending $10m on a legal battle.
Shakespeare Folio found in France
A rare Shakespeare First Folio, regarded as the most important book in English literature, is discovered in a small French town.
Three years to study Kim Jong-un
Secondary school students in North Korea will now have to complete an 81-hour course on the country's leader.
Passengers 'push frozen plane'
People on board a flight in Russia get out and push the aircraft after its braking system freezes.
Stop eating cats says Swiss campaign
Hundreds of thousands of Swiss people secretly eat cat or dog say activists, who want it to be made illegal.
Five children die in US house fire
Five children have died after a fire destroyed a mobile home in a small town in southern Texas, local media report.
Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies
Marion Barry, a four-term Democratic mayor of Washington DC mayor who won re-election after a drug arrest, dies at 78.
Colombia rebels release two soldiers
Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.
Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths
Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.
Ghana cocaine bust turns political
Ghana's opposition calls for a parliamentary probe into allegations that a suspected cocaine trafficker had access to the presidential lounge at the country's main international airport.
Sudan 'wants UN rights office shut'
Sudan's government has asked the UN-Africa Union force in Darfur (Unamid) to shut its human rights office, the joint peacekeeping mission says.
Gunmen kill Pakistan polio workers
Four polio vaccination workers are shot dead and three injured in the south-west Pakistani city of Quetta.
Uighur scholar's students on trial
Seven university students linked to jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have reportedly gone on trial in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang.
Messi breaks Champions League record
Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League's all-time top scorer by scoring against Apoel Nicosia.
Hungary police 'blame rape victims'
Police in Hungary are accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.
Raqqa air strikes death toll rises
Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday.
Eight hostages freed in Yemen raid
Yemeni troops take part in a raid to rescue a group of eight hostages being held by al-Qaeda, but there are conflicting reports of US involvement
Concerns over terror exclusion plans
The UK's reviewer of terrorism laws raises concerns about plans to exclude people from the UK if they go abroad to fight with extremist groups, as a new counter-terror bill is published
Meters overcharge 1.5m gas customers
About 1.5 million gas customers with pre-payment meters have been overcharged because their meters are faulty, the industry has admitted.
Banks sued in metal price-fixing case
Goldman Sachs and HSBC are amongst four platinum and palladium dealers to be sued in New York for allegedly fixing the price of the metals.
Opec split over oil output cuts
Saudi Arabia suggests it will not push for output cuts to help push up oil prices, as Opec oil producers prepare for Thursday's meeting in Vienna.
A 'generation to change bank culture'
A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside British banks will take a generation to change, according to a report from Cass Business School and New City Agenda.
Boks make five changes for Wales
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes to his starting XV to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
'Weak Mignolet has been exposed'
Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar criticises Simon Mignolet and says Brendan Rodgers has "three weeks" to save his job.
Kompany & Zabaleta on Fifa shortlist
Man City's Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta join Chelsea's Filipe Luis and Branislav Ivanovic on Fifa World XI shortlist.
Birdman set to soar at Spirit Awards
Showbusiness satire Birdman leads the flock at this year's Spirit Awards after being nominated for six prizes, including best film.
AC/DC drummer appears in court in NZ
The Australian drummer of rock group AC/DC briefly appears in court in New Zealand, arriving late, to face a charge of threatening to kill.
Witherspoon and Kidman set for TV
Oscar winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are to star in a TV series written by Ally McBeal writer David E Kelley.
VIDEO: Can drones get water to stranded Joe?
In an annual challenge, teams attempt to deliver water using drones to a remote part of the Australian Outback.
VIDEO: What does Ukraine's future hold?
One year since popular protests began in Ukraine, a new government prepares to take office, amid calls for reform.
VIDEO: A new face for Africa's men
The male grooming and beauty industry is booming in South Africa, with products now targeting a new audience - black men, as the BBC's Milton Nkosi reports.
VIDEO: Mobile showers for the homeless
A new initiative in San Francisco offers the city's homeless population mobile showers and toilets in a converted bus.
VIDEO: Angelina Jolie on directing Unbroken
Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie has attended the premiere in London of her new film, Unbroken.
VIDEO: In search of the American Dream
1954 saw the closure of Ellis Island. Isabel Belarsky passed through the American mass immigration centre.
VIDEO: Flash floods kill dozens in Morocco
Flooding in southern Morocco has killed 32 people and six others are missing after the heavy rains, according to officials.
VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope
A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself 100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.
Child soldiers join fight in Ukraine
Teenagers join fight on both sides in Ukraine's conflict
Day in pictures: 26 November 2014
Striking news images from around the world
A new face for Africa's men
BBC man embraces South Africa's male beauty revolution
The women finding freedom in South Caucasus nightclubs
Caucasus women seek independence through clubbing
Delhi media gossip sets Indian Twitter abuzz
Twitter gossip tempts Delhi's chattering classes
The Taliban's psychiatrist
How militants trusted this man with their deepest secrets
Will Opec cut oil production?
Should Opec cut production to boost prices?
Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds
Six World War One battlegrounds in unexpected places

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