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A man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a motorway crash in which seven people died is cleared of breaching health and safety laws.
Millions of pounds donated to Comic Relief have been invested in shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms, BBC Panorama learns.
Tens of thousands of people join world leaders at a rainswept memorial service for South African ex-President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
Two French soldiers have been killed in overnight fighting in the Central African Republic, the French presidency says.
US Secretary of State John Kerry urges China to release Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, five years after the activist was detained.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada pleads not guilty in Jordan to involvement in a series of bombings in 1998 and a terrorist plot that was foiled in 2000.
Top Western diplomats are due in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as police move to break the blockade of government buildings by pro-EU protesters.
The founder of French company PIP, which distributed defective breast implants, is sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.
Indian anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare begins a fresh hunger strike to renew his demands for parliament to pass tough anti-corruption laws.
US country singer Garth Brooks is to embark on a world tour, more than 10 years after he last hit the road.
Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker, who was best-known for playing the baroness in The Sound of Music, dies aged 91.
Three years after it was first proposed, US regulators are set to vote on a rule to ban banks from using their own money to invest.
Coach Andy Flower says England will make changes for Friday's third Ashes Test as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit.
South Korea's president warns ties with North Korea could become more unstable after the purge of key powerbroker Chang Song-thaek.
Canada signals its intention to claim the North Pole and some of the surrounding Arctic waters on its Atlantic coast.
China's industrial output and retail sales rise in November, the latest in a series of signs suggesting a recovery in the world's second largest economy.
England rest Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann for their ODI and T20 series against Australia.
Scientists say they are in for an anxious wait as they prepare to wake the comet-chasing Rosetta probe from deep-space hibernation.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejects protesters' demands that she resign before February's snap elections.
Ketamine should be upgraded from a Class C drug to Class B after new evidence revealed the damage it can have on the bladder, government advisers are to say.