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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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