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Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

North Korea frees detained US man

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.

Canada car killer's passport seized

A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.

Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'

Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim

Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned by many states, a leading human rights group says.

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 82, says his family.

Man walks again after transplant

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again after cells from his nose were transplanted into his severed spinal cord.

'Negligence' behind Total boss death

Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the chief executive of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

Italian police find 1.7bn-euro fraud

Italian police break a crime ring that defrauded the state of €1.7bn euros.

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman

The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).

HK in first talks with students

Hong Kong officials end a first round of talks with student leaders to try to resolve an impasse that sparked weeks of pro-democracy protests.

Audi claims self-drive speed record

Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Singing nun releases 'Like a Virgin'

Italian nun who won the The Voice releases Madonna's 1984 hit as her debut single.

Police hunt links to Indiana killings

Authorities in two US states are reviewing unsolved cases for links to an Indiana man being held on suspicion of killing seven women.

US soldier missing at murder hearing

A US Marine has failed to appear in a Philippines court after being accused of murdering a transgender Filipino.

Rewards for Mexico missing students

The Mexican government offers rewards totalling $4.75m (£3m) for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.

Ambassador demands Top Gear apology

The Argentine ambassador to the UK calls for the BBC make a public apology following the row over an edition of Top Gear filmed in the South American country.

Bashir seeks to extend 25-year rule

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election next year, an aide says, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power.

Somalia orders UK passport seizure

A court in Somalia orders the seizure of a local radio station owner's UK passport after he is accused of threatening national security.

Tributes paid to ex-Australian PM

Tributes have been paid to Australia's controversial former prime minister Gough Whitlam who died on Tuesday at the age of 98.

Pair retract Thai murder confessions

Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand retract their confessions, lawyers say.

Lufthansa strike declared legal

German airline Lufthansa fails in a court bid to force its pilots to call off their strike, while union leaders warn of more action.

Farage defends Polish MEP alliance

UKIP leader Nigel Farage defends allowing a Polish politician criticised for a comment on hitting women into its grouping in the European Parliament.

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town

Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.

Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists

An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.

Storm leaves one dead and four hurt

A woman dies and four people are taken to hospital after winds felled trees and storms sweep the country.

Man guilty of hotel hammer attacks

A man who beat three sisters with a claw hammer in a London hotel while their children slept alongside them is found guilty of attempted murder.

McDonald's and Coke see profits fall

McDonald's and Coca Cola post profits down sharply in the three months to the end of September, with both seeing sales under pressure in the US.

Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.


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