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Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.

New York killer boasted to onlookers

The gunman who shot dead two New York policemen told people "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the killings, police say.

Driver attacks French pedestrians

A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

S Korea holds cyber drill after hack

South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.

Pakistan arrests over school attack

Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.

China 'is against cyber attacks'

China is "against all forms of cyber attacks", its foreign minister says in a conversation with John Kerry about the Sony hacking controversy.

Abbott: House bill cut helped women

Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget".

Cairns murders: Court plea rejected

A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court.

Delhi fog leads to travel chaos

A dense fog envelops the Indian capital, Delhi, and northern parts of the country, causing travel chaos.

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens dies

Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.

Argentine town bans beauty contests

A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.

Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'

Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

Argentine court grants rights to ape

A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.

US mulls putting NK on terror list

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.

Colombia Farc truce follows killings

Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.

Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll

Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.

Kenya leader signs tough security law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

South Korea cuts growth forecasts

Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Russians 'will not cave in' to West

Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS

Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.

Survivors urge abuse inquiry overhaul

Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

Asian shares higher in thin trade

Asian markets headed higher on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break.

North Sea oil summit announced

Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry.


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