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Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria can work without restrictions across the European Union after transitional controls end.
Formula 1 seven-time champion Michael Schumacher is "stable" in hospital after a skiing accident on Sunday, his manager has said.
German Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is in a stable condition in hospital following his skiing accident, his manager says.
People living on the slopes of the Salvadoran volcano Chaparrastique are being evacuated as it continues to spew gas following an eruption on Sunday.
A French Catholic priest freed in Cameroon nearly seven weeks after being abducted is welcomed back to France by President Francois Hollande.
Millions of Americans are to receive health insurance cover for the first time as President Obama's flagship healthcare reforms come into effect.
Australia's Mitchell Johnson says England batsmen deliberately back away before the ball is bowled to unsettle bowlers.
At least one person has been killed and nearly 600 others are injured by New Year fireworks and gunfire in the Philippines, officials say.
The BBC's Will Grant reports from the state of Chiapas in Mexico, 20 years after the EZLN, or the Zapatistas, emerged from the jungle to declare war on the Mexican state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the two recent suicide attacks in Volgograd are "indefensible", during an unannounced visit to the city.
The treason trial of Pervez Musharraf opens in Islamabad, but Pakistan's former military ruler fails to show after lawyers cite security concerns.
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Millions of people across the UK celebrate the start of the new year at midnight, with parties, fireworks and music.
New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson hit the world's fastest international century off 36 balls against the West Indies.