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US probes 'stray Syria air drop'
The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.
Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals
US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports come into effect.
S Korea takes down 'Christmas tree'
South Korea takes down a "Christmas tree" tower on the border with North Korea, but says it was for safety reasons not to appease the North.
US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says.
UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo wins Europe's Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims.
Briton found with throat cut in Bali
A British man is found dead with his hands tied and throat cut on the Indonesian island of Bali, the British embassy in Jakarta says.
Infant bodies found in Canada locker
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.
North Korea frees detained US man
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.
US Marine held for Philippine murder
A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines is moved to a Philippine army base, but fails to attend an initial hearing.
Indian girl, 3, 'raped' in school
Police in India investigate the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore.
Canada seized car killer's passport
A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.
Toy store pulls Breaking Bad dolls
Toy store pulls Breaking Bad dolls
Audi claims self-drive speed record
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.
US $7bn fails to stop opium growth
US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.
Police hunt links to Indiana killings
Authorities in two US states are reviewing unsolved cases for links to an Indiana man being held on suspicion of killing seven women.
Press freedom in Americas 'worsens'
Press freedom in the Americas has seen a "marked deterioration" in the past six months, according to the Inter American Press Association.
Designer Oscar de la Renta mourned
The Dominican Republic declares Wednesday an official day of mourning for Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at 82.
Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.
Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Australia MP in court asylum appeal
An Australian lawmaker writes to the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate the Abbott government over its treatment of asylum seekers.
Freed Vietnam blogger flies to US
Prominent Vietnamese dissident blogger Nguyen Van Hai who was jailed for anti-state propaganda is released from prison and flies to the US.
Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.
'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.
IS video 'shows man stone daughter'
The Islamic State group has released an undated video that appears to show an elderly Syrian man stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery.
Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists
An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.
Abuse inquiry head 'should resign'
The head of the public inquiry into historical sex abuse should step down, a lawyer representing victims tells the BBC.
GPs to get 55 for dementia diagnoses
Doctors in England will be paid 55 every time they diagnose dementia, health chiefs say, but the scheme is criticised by a patients' group.
Yahoo profits surge on Alibaba sale
Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.
Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.
Asian shares return to positive
Shares in Asia return to a positive streak on Wednesday, buoyed by strong company results in the US
Kompany angered by away fans ban
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says it was unfair to exclude away fans after a 2-2 Champions League draw at CSKA Moscow.
Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich record their biggest ever away win in the Champions League as they thrash Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
Wednesday's gossip column
Arsenal want England Under-21 defender Liam Moore, Man City ready bid for Mesut Ozil, Schalke want Fernando Torres, plus more.
Django actress on lewd conduct charge
Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, who alleged she was detained by Los Angeles police because of racial profiling, is charged with committing a lewd act in public.
Ambassador demands Top Gear apology
The Argentine ambassador to the UK calls for the BBC to make a public apology following the row over an edition of Top Gear filmed in the South American country.
Protests against controversial opera
Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer.
VIDEO: Swedish search for 'foreign sub' in bay
Naval vessels searching Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine are focusing on a bay near the capital, Stockholm.
VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
VIDEO: Obama responds to jealous boyfriend
President Barack Obama found himself in an awkward situation at the voting booth in Chicago on Monday, when a man walked past and told him not to touch his girlfriend.
VIDEO: Ukraine separatists shun elections
Steve Rosenberg visits two cities in rebel held Ukraine which will be boycotting the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
VIDEO: 'Nazis' who left US still got benefits
The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US.
VIDEO: 'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators have said "criminal negligence" caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total's chief executive.
VIDEO: British medics head to Sierra Leone
Some 80 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.
VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters
The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the front line in north-east Syria.
Ebola crisis: My son's survival saved me
Son saves father from despair of family loss
Who wants to play Rupert Murdoch?
Australian playwright on media baron's rise to power
Organic genderless gingerbread debated
They're organic, vegan, and they're definitely not 'men'
Philippines feels force of China travel warning
China travel warning baffles Philippine resorts
Hong Kong's political haircut
Politics sparks confrontation in a Hong Kong salon
Can a mining town survive a shutdown?
Can a remote mining town in Australia survive a shutdown?
The Hindu hardliners who see Modi as their own
Is India's hardline Hindu group RSS flexing its muscles?
VIDEO: The famine report that shocked the world
How a government minister sought relief for a country in crisis
Debt campaigners tear up student loans
The people who buy and then cancel US student loans

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