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At least three US service personnel are wounded after aircraft they were on are shot at during unrest in South Sudan, the US military says.
Veteran BBC sports presenter David Coleman, who covered 11 Olympic Games and six football World Cups, has died aged 87.
Memorial services are being held in the UK and US to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay refuses to comment on his future at the club before taking charge of the team at Liverpool.
Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February.
Astronauts at the International Space Station begin a spacewalk to carry out urgent repairs to the cooling system.
The Chessington World of Adventures theme park in Surrey is closed after a fire at a cafe spread to a neighbouring attraction.
Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party is to boycott snap elections called to resolve a political crisis sparked by weeks of street protests.
A Chinese billionaire and three others are feared dead in a helicopter crash that happened as he was surveying his newly-purchased French vineyard.
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will face a third criminal trial, over his breakout from prison in 2011.
The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Beirut in Lebanon as thousands of Christian Syrian refugees celebrate Christmas with an uncertain future.
Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been reunited with his son in Berlin after being freed from a decade in jail, his spokeswoman says.
A US public relations executive provokes a storm of online protest for writing a Twitter comment about Aids in Africa.
TV cook Nigella Lawson will not be investigated over claims during the trial of her two former personal assistants that she took cocaine, police say.
Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will continue to drive for Sauber next season and will line up alongside German Adrian Sutil.
The sons of two Turkish government ministers and the head of the state-owned bank are charged in connection with a huge corruption investigation.
Pope Francis has released a Christmas video message in an attempt to tackle the level of waste in society.
The NHS "became too powerful to criticise" despite many patients receiving a "wholly unsatisfactory" service, the health regulator says.
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China accuses Japan of using concerns about its national security for military expansion, days after Tokyo announced a rise in defence spending.