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North Korea condemns US President Barack Obama over the release of the film The Interview, about a fictional plot to kill its leader Kim Jong-un.
A wake has been held for one of the two police officers killed while on duty in New York last Saturday.
More prisoner exchanges are expected between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in the east - a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives.
Xbox and PlayStation continue working to restore online services after suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group caused the outage.
Dozens of coach passengers and drivers are left stranded in Yorkshire after snowfall sweeps parts of the UK.
A new round of prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and pro-Russian eastern rebels is anticipated, a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives.
A Mexican priest who was kidnapped earlier this week is found shot dead in the south-western state of Guerrero.
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Snow, sleet and rain fall in parts of the UK with one airport diverting flights, and forecasters warning of further travel disruption.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud has apologised for his red card in the 2-1 win over QPR.
A man and a woman are arrested by police investigating a burglary in which an elderly couple were attacked, leaving them with serious injuries.
Hundreds of people have gathered in New York for the wake of one of two police officers shot by a man who then killed himself.
Memorial services are held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the disaster's 10th anniversary.
A fight erupts in the Georgian parliament between ruling and opposition lawmakers.
A judge in Pakistan issues an arrest warrant for an imam at the Red Mosque in Islamabad, radical cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.
Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support at the first European elections earned him the nickname "Mr Europe", dies aged 92.
The Ukrainian government swaps scores of prisoners with rebels in the east, while freezing vital bus and rail links with Russian-held Crimea.
A judge in Pakistan issues an arrest warrant for a radical imam who refused to condemn the Peshawar school massacre.
All trains to and from London King's Cross have been cancelled on Saturday because of overrunning engineering work, Network Rail says.