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Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough

53 min 23 sec ago
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.

Police missed chances over Savile

1 hour 3 min ago
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".

Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'

1 hour 22 min ago
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.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises

1 hour 35 min ago
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro

1 hour 36 min ago
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.

Thursday's gossip column

1 hour 48 min ago
Ashley Cole dismisses Crystal Palace link, Eden Hazard close to new Chelsea deal, Southampton want Wesley Sneijder, plus more.

Putin to speak amid economic crisis

1 hour 52 min ago
President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.

VIDEO: Sony 'forced' to bow to film hackers

2 hours 2 min ago
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

Fed decision lifts Asia stocks

2 hours 9 min ago
Asia stocks are rising after the Federal Reserve pledges to be "patient" on raising interest rates from record lows.

Myanmar trial over 'Buddha insult'

2 hours 29 min ago
A New Zealander and two Burmese men go on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event.

VIDEO: Greeks protest as election looms

2 hours 40 min ago
Greece has moved a step closer towards holding a general election, which could lead to it abandoning its policy of economic austerity.

India SpiceJet resumes flights

3 hours 1 min ago
India's troubled airline SpiceJet resumes flights after it agreed to pay oil companies cash for fuel purchases.

India launches its heaviest rocket

3 hours 35 min ago
India successfully launches its largest rocket yet and an unmanned capsule capable of sending astronauts into space.

Palestinian peace plan put before UN

4 hours 57 sec ago
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.

Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo

4 hours 7 min ago
Cuban President Raul Castro urges the US to end its trade embargo as he and President Barack Obama agree to improve relations.

Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm'

4 hours 16 min ago
Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.

Sydney academic resigns over emails

December 17, 2014 - 11:41pm
An Australian professor and government education advisor, Barry Spurr, resigns from the University of Sydney for sending racist emails.

Mumps outbreak hits US hockey teams

December 17, 2014 - 11:18pm
An outbreak of the highly-contagious disease mumps sweeps through teams in the US National Hockey League, with at least five affected.

Avon fined $135m for China bribes

December 17, 2014 - 10:39pm
Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.

Councils braced for funding cuts

December 17, 2014 - 9:58pm
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.