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France reacts to far-right author's suicide
The inventor of the Gif image format says it should be pronounced Jif, despite what the Oxford English Dictionary says.
Profiles of the eight candidates set to contest Iran's presidential poll
Gunmen burst into a brothel in eastern Baghdad, killing seven women and five men, in the latest violence in a week of bloodshed in Iraq.
Roberto Martinez will make a decision on his future at Wigan in the next 24 hours after holding talks with Dave Whelan.
Andrew Harding assesses South Africa's changing economy
Manuel Pellegrini paves the way for a move to manage Manchester City after confirming he will leave Spanish club Malaga.
EU push against tax fraud gains momentum, says Gavin Hewitt
Mohammed Morsi calls for the people of Sinai to give up their arms after seven members of the Egyptian security forces abducted in the region are freed.
Manchester City launches its new kit after signing a deal with US sportswear giant Nike reported to be worth £72m ($109m) over six years.
Up to 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside British troops are set to be given the right to live in the UK, in an apparent climbdown by ministers.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy are named in connection with post-election violence in a long-awaited report investigating human rights abuses.
Police killer Dale Cregan admits the murders of a father and son in Greater Manchester.
South African Tim Clark says he is among "a fair number" of players taking legal advice over the ban on the anchoring of putters.
Batsman David Warner is fined for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour over abusive Twitter posts.
An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot announces a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.
Iran's President Ahmadinejad says he will contest the disqualification of his ally Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from next month's presidential poll.
It is confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will return as a judge in 2013, alongside Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says a suicide in Notre-Dame Cathedral was "political", in a remark condemned by the ruling party.
A 61-year-old man is charged with the murder of four soldiers in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park, the Crown Prosecution Service says.