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The US House of Representatives passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, and it will now go to a vote in the Senate.
Serial killer and sex offender Angus Sinclair is jailed for a minimum of 37 years for the 1977 World's End murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.
The search for a stray big cat in France, initially thought to be a tiger, is scaled back after an inspection of tracks suggests it is smaller.
Shares in Richard Branson's Virgin America airline surge more than 30% in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
A controversial 1,000-room palace built for Turkey's president will cost even more than the original £385m ($615m) price tag, the BBC has been told.
Nato's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has accused Russia of taking ''aggressive actions'' in Ukraine which have violated international law.
Iraqi forces have driven out Islamic State fighters from the oil refinery town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, officials say.
Wildlife experts in France say they have ruled out the possibility that an animal they have been hunting near Paris is a tiger.
One of the scientists involved in the Philae lander mission apologises for any offence caused over a shirt he wore earlier in the week.
Sweden releases a sonar image it says is proof that a foreign submarine entered its waters in October, sparking a huge search.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini returns to Inter Milan for his second spell in charge.
A young Canadian man who admitted taking a photo of an alleged sexual assault, after which the woman killed herself, avoids jail time.
Brazilian police have carried out a series of raids and arrested 18 people as part of a corruption investigation into the state-run oil firm Petrobras.
Alex Salmond tells the SNP conference that his party should set a target to win a majority of Scottish seats in the 2015 Westminster election.
Donald Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy, is indicted for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion - the US's worst coal disaster in 40 years.
A scientist has apologised for wearing a 'sexist' shirt during coverage of the Rosetta Project.