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Black activists boycott social media over inequalities
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.
Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.
Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court.
The gunman who shot dead two New York policemen told people "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the killings, police say.
Germany's drive to promote more women in business
Asian markets traded mixed on Monday, although trading was thin at the start a working week shortened by the Christmas break.
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.
Tim Burton on the art fraud that shocked America
How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book
His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers
A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.
Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won more than 55% of the vote
The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes
Business lobby group the CBI says half of UK firms plan to expand their workforce next year, with more permanent jobs being created than temporary ones.
BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on
The NHS is setting up 11 centres aimed at unlocking the secrets of DNA and developing drugs to target cancer and rare genetic diseases.