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China was "irresponsible" during a near-collision of a US warship and a Chinese naval vessel earlier this month, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.
China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, injects fresh funds into the markets to help allay concerns of a cash squeeze.
About 1.5 million people could be addicted to prescription drugs and the problem needs to be dealt with urgently, an influential group of MPs says.
A homeowner in Detroit, Michigan, who fatally shot a young black woman on his porch is to stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge says.
Can Australia's PM fulfil his election promises?
A former Microsoft manager and his friend are charged for insider trading by the US securities regulator.
Voters in Madagascar return to the polls to elect a new president, after the first round in October failed to produce an outright winner.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia next April, Kensington Palace says, but it is not clear if their baby son will travel.
A new effort to read ancient works turned into carbon by Vesuvius
Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London's Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say.
A California court decides an Andy Warhol portrait of actress Farrah Fawcett belongs to her former partner, actor Ryan O'Neal.
South Sudanese gunmen kill three Indian peacekeepers at a UN compound, as thousands seek refuge from sectarian fighting.
Mechanised rescue workers compete for a Pentagon pay-out
A committee of MPs has called for a ban on payday loan advertising on children's television, but the industry regards its report as wide of the mark.
EU leaders say the bloc's defence capabilities must be improved to make military deployments more rapid and effective.
Barack Obama cuts sentences of eight drug convicts as part of his push to reform punitive policies that helped the prison population spiral.
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German prosecutors are calling for a life sentence for 92-year-old Siert Bruins who is on trial over the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
European stock markets rise on news of the US Fed's "taper", but Wall Street fails to hold on to gains made after the announcement.
Canada's first faith-based law school has been approved over objections from gay-rights advocates and hundreds of law students.