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The North Korean leader's uncle, Chang Song-thaek, is executed after being purged for "acts of treachery", says the state news agency.
South Africans are warned not to attempt to go the see Nelson Mandela's body in the capital, Pretoria, unless they are already in the queue.
A new report highlights a fall in levels of youth violence but campaigners say the government needs to do more to tackle gangs.
Australia captain Michael Clarke is named the International Cricket Council's player of the year for 2013.
Jack Whitehall, Miranda Hart and Paul Whitehouse are among the big winners at the British Comedy Awards.
The Ashmolean Museum announces the acquisition of one of the world's greatest collections of modern Chinese art.
Steve Smith's unbeaten century helps Australia recover from 143-5 to 326-6 in the third Ashes Test against England in Perth.
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time for the first time this winter, figures show.
Pop star Beyonce unexpectedly releases her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new tracks and 17 music videos.
Shares in PSA Peugeot Citroen fall more than 11% after General Motors sells the 7% stake in the French carmaker that it bought last year.
The HS2 high-speed rail project is essential for the UK's future, MPs say, but campaigners brand their report a "whitewash".
Gavin Hewitt speaks to Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders
The Bangladesh Islamist leader executed on Thursday after his conviction for atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence is buried in his home town.
A teenager in Texas has escaped jail after he killed four pedestrians while drink-driving. Ethan Couch, 16, registered at three times the legal drinking limit following the incident in June.
Ireland is to become the first bailed-out country in the Eurozone to officially exit its international financial rescue programme.
Leaders of Asean nations are in Japan for a summit likely to focus on China, as Japan seeks solidarity amid territorial tensions with Beijing.
Twitter backtracks on changes it made to how people block abusive users, less than a day after they were introduced.
Gunmen shoot dead at least one policeman providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan, officials say.
Mark Webber says ex-Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start 2014 as favourite to win a fifth straight world title.
Tunisia's governing Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition agree in principle on a new prime minister to lead a caretaker government.