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A UN peacekeeper has been killed in Lebanon, amid border clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army that left four Israeli troops injured.
Brad Barritt, Tom Wood, Geoff Parling and Kyle Eastmond are ruled out of England's Six Nations opener against Wales on 6 February.
Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday with investors fearing the new anti-bailout government was determined to defy its international creditors.
Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an "insufficient address" sticker.
Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.
China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.
Perth Scorchers defy Brett Lee's heroics to beat Sydney Sixers off the final ball and win the Big Bash.
The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.
Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.
Tesco names the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.
An Indian child-murderer convicted in a case dubbed "the house of horrors" escapes execution, as a court commutes his sentence to life in prison.
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child pornography images.
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.
Sale Sharks and former England winger Mark Cueto announces he will end his playing career at the end of the season.
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Russia says North Korea's has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be his Kim Jong-un's overseas trip as leader.
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.