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Richie McCaw captains New Zealand for the 100th time, but star fly-half Dan Carter misses out against Wales on Saturday.
Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, dies in Las Vegas at the age of 78.
Activity in some of China's factories and workshops hits a six month low in November, a fresh survey shows.
Tech giant Yahoo will now replace market leader Google as the default search engine on Firefox's internet browsers in the US.
A Canadian family is facing a bill of almost $1m (£638,000) from an American hospital, because their daughter was born prematurely while they were on holiday in Hawaii.
Chemicals giant Ineos is to announce plans to invest up to $1bn (£640m) in shale gas exploration and production in the UK, the BBC understands.
North Korea threatens to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations.
But can Beijing conquer its paranoia over the internet?
Wealthy city-state Singapore has once again topped a ranking of the best places in the world to do business, with the UK ranking only 21st.
Why Turkey is looking increasingly alone in the world
West African musicians have their own popular anthem
Colombia's Farc rebels reach an agreement with the government over the conditions necessary for releasing an army general and four others.
Culture war over Ukraine splits Russia's music stars
China's global internet conference is part of a move towards playing a bigger role in influencing international cyberspace.
A Chilean court orders the state to pay millions of dollars to a group of former political prisoners held on an isolated island during military rule.
New draft NHS guidelines encourage GPs to diagnose and refer almost twice as many cancer patients in England each year.
Phaedra Al-Majid says she has experienced "fear and threats" since making corruption allegations against Fifa.
A massive snowstorm has wreaked havoc in the north-eastern US and left at least seven people dead, as temperatures fell to freezing in all 50 US states overnight.
Are child labour laws a step back for advancing Bolivia?
English players are getting more minutes in the Premier League but make up just over a third of the total, a BBC Sport study has found.