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China says it will send medical teams and a naval hospital ship to the typhoon-hit Philippines, following criticism of its initial response.
US ambassador to China Gary Locke announces he will step down from his post early next year for personal reasons.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Much more must be done to help the poorest families tackle problem debt, Conservative-leaning think tank the Centre for Social Justice says.
Cleaners find 24 gold bars worth at least 70m rupees ($1.1m) in the toilet compartment of a commercial jet in Calcutta.
Forensic experts in the Philippines say many of those killed may never be identified.
Indonesia suspends military co-operation with Australia, including operations to combat people-smuggling - amid a row about reports Canberra spied on Jakarta officials.
Has Uzbek first daughter fallen from grace?
The US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch accuses Iran of failing to protect Afghan refugees from abuse.
As envoys from the P5+1 group of nations begin a new round of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, the BBC's Kim Ghattas considers what might be achieved.
West Yorkshire Police officers search the Bradford home of former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers over allegations he bought and used illegal drugs.
US and Afghan officials give conflicting reports of a compromise designed to save a security deal that will allow US forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed landmark legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
At least one person has died and dozens are believed to be trapped after a roof collapsed at the construction site of a South African shopping mall, officials say.