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Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday with investors fearing the new anti-bailout government was determined to defy its international creditors.
Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an 'insufficient address' sticker.
Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.
The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.
Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.
Four Israeli troops are wounded in a cross-border attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon, drawing return shell-fire from Israel.
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child pornography images.
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.
Russia says North Korea's has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be his Kim Jong-un's overseas trip as leader.
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tells his first cabinet meeting his country will not default on its bailout debts, but will negotiate with creditors.
A Qatari-led bid has won the battle to take over London's Canary Wharf complex after three major shareholders agreed to accept its offer..
Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is fined £25,000 by the Football Association over comments about a "campaign" to influence referees.
Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.
Fire fighters in Fresno, California save three children from a burning apartment.
Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.