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England and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is to undergo surgery on a neck injury and will miss the 2015 Six Nations.
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.
Kevin Pietersen scores 66 from 46 balls but Melbourne are beaten by Adelaide in the Australian T20 Big Bash.
The time people can be put on police bail could be limited to 28 days, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.
A Canadian man finds a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to travel with after booking a three-week holiday before they split up.
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
There is still time for England to replace Alastair Cook as captain for the World Cup, says ex-skipper Nasser Hussain.
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.
The UK cannot block non-EU family members coming to the county from Europe without a travel permit, European judges say.
The schoolboy who was shot in the head and lived
Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.
A survivor of the Pakistan school attack, Aqif Azeem, describes what happened when gunmen stormed the school.
Markets in Asia were mostly higher after the Federal Reserve pledged to be "patient" when it came to making a decision on raising interest rates.
At least five people have died following heavy snowfall and tidal surges in Japan.
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.
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Debutant Josh Hazlewood claims 5-68 and Steve Smith hits 65 not out as Australia trail India by 187 runs in the second Test.
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.