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Children in South Yorkshire care homes were left vulnerable to sexual abuse because of police "shortcomings", a report finds.
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Peter Crouch scores the only goal as Stoke record a narrow win to leave Newcastle still looking for a first league victory.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects to have "serious conversations" with owner Mike Ashley after the 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
A French scientist uses reflective light technology to reveal the secrets of the 500-year-old Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that a nuclear Iran is a bigger threat to the world than Islamic State (IS) militants.
An apparently armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.
Roma's Ashley Cole says the Italian side are underdogs as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Champions League.
A US judge fines a Dutch tourist more than $3,000 (£1,850) for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
A woman has had her finger amputated - and told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.
Police searching for missing student Hannah Graham say there is a forensic link between suspect Jesse Matthew and another unsolved murder case.
Protests in Hong Kong appear set to continue, as tens of thousands of people camped on the streets defy calls to go home.
Spain's Constitutional Court suspends Catalonia's independence referendum, planned for 9 November, after a request by the central government.
Toyota is recalling Tacoma pickup trucks because of a potential vulnerability in the vehicles' suspension systems.
Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, have been involved in fierce fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in a town west of Baghdad.
Forty-six people go on trial in Antwerp on charges of belonging to a group that sent jihadists to Syria, in the largest case of its kind in Belgium.
Seven Ukraine soldiers reportedly die in a clash with pro-Russian rebels near Donetsk airport - the military's heaviest single loss since a truce.