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David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.
At least seven people are dead after two separate bomb attacks targeted buses carrying troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.
An injured Spanish speleologist who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse, according to reports.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong continue their sit-in and hope for an increase in numbers as China marks National Day.
Asian stocks are headed for their fourth straight day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.
Daniel Crespo, mayor of California suburb Bell Gardens, was shot dead and his wife taken into custody following an argument at the couple's home.
Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force.
Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.
Mexico's attorney general has charged three soldiers with murder during a shootout with 22 alleged gang members on 30 June.
Police investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross say they have found a body in a west London river.
An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a female colleague after being fired from his job has been charged with first-degree murder.
Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries
Norway's master of surprises takes the helm
Two Dalit widows are appointed priests at a temple in south-west India, in a rare move for a country where caste prejudice is still rife.
How legalising same sex unions changed lives for gay couple
How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace
Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.