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The Queen says she is "deeply saddened" to learn of Nelson Mandela's death and his legacy is a peaceful South Africa.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia's Vladimir Putin hold surprise talks on a "strategic partnership treaty" a week after Ukraine shelved a key deal with the EU.
Severe weather is affecting Britain, with thousands evacuated due to a tidal surge along the east coast and snow alerts in place in Scotland.
Muhammad Ali, Pele and Tiger Woods lead tributes to South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.
The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show.
Samsung and Philips are among several consumer electronics companies raided by the European Commission over suspected breaches of competition rules.
South Africans and world leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who led the transition from white minority rule and has died aged 95.
Chancellor George Osborne rejects claims the UK's economic recovery is based solely on a boom in consumer spending and house prices.
Indian Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah apologises for making 'misunderstood' comments which are denounced by critics as sexist.
A minute's applause in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela will be held at weekend football matches.
Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges kill at least seven people in northern Europe, flood parts of Hamburg and leave thousands of homes without power.
A blood-soaked stage version of Swedish vampire story Let the Right One In opens at London's Royal Court and aims to attract more teenagers to the theatre.
Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar, abducted by the CIA in Italy in 2003, is given a six-year jail term in absentia in Milan for terror offences.
Michael Clarke's latest Ashes ton underlines his status as the world's best, says Australia team-mate Brad Haddin.
How Mandela spent his retirement as Aids activist
A Depression era view of New Jersey by Edward Hopper sells for $40m (£24.4m), setting an auction record for the US artist.
Russian promoters insist Elton John's concerts will happen this weekend, despite concerns over the country's legal crackdown on gay rights.
Alan Pardew is named Premier League manager of the month while his Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul wins the player award.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says it was behind an attack on Yemen's defence ministry on Thursday that left 52 people dead.
The news of the death of Nelson Mandela breaks during a royal gala screening about the life of the former South African president.