The US economy grows at an annual rate of 5% in the third quarter, its fastest pace for 11 years, official figures suggest.
A top IRS official considered going public with the agency’s targeting of conservative groups at a hearing just months before the 2012 presidential election but ultimately decided against revealing the bombshell news, according to a new report from a GOP-led House committee.
A Zimbabwean official has defended a plan to sell elephants for up to $40,000 (£26,000) each, saying the money is needed to run its biggest game reserve.
Ukraine's parliament votes to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, a move quickly criticised by Russia.
Algeria's defence ministry says troops have killed the leader of a jihadist militant group which kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist.
The Greek parliament fails for a second time to approve a new president, bringing the country closer to a snap election early next year.
The UK economy has grown more slowly than previously thought, official figures show, and the current account deficit has widened.
Montreal-based CGI Group Inc., the company that received a $74 million contract to develop and maintain the Hawaii Health Connector web portal, will be awarded another year-long state maintenance contract despite the ongoing problems with the site.
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The federal government is spending over $33,000 to figure out whether same-sex couples live closer to tobacco retailers, theoretically making them more likely to smoke.
Al-Jazeera network suspends its Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, whose coverage angered Egypt's government and strained its relations with Qatar.
Internet services are restored in North Korea after an almost unprecedented internet outage following a cyber security row with the US.
Youngsters from one of Cape Town's gang-ridden townships have taken to riding waves in a unique project aimed at getting them away from a life of violence.
Film-maker Justin Lin is to direct the next instalment of the Star Trek movie franchise, it is confirmed.
A former government minister in Bangladesh is sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
British Ebola survivor William Pooley is to deliver The Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4 this year.
The bodysuit worn by Cathy Freeman when she lit the Sydney 2000 Olympic flame may have been found 14 years after it disappeared.
A German author who spent time in Islamic State territory tells the BBC the group is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he expected.
Northern Ireland politicians negotiate through the night in a last-ditch attempt to reach agreement on key issues, including flags, parades and welfare reform.
The cold-blooded murder of two police officers in Brooklyn over the weekend is unspeakably sad.