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The doctor and father of a 13-year-old who died after allegedly undergoing female genital mutilation are cleared in a landmark trial in Egypt.
Iran's Supreme Leader has pardoned the pioneering Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison, Iranian media report.
Germany's Commerzbank is to charge its biggest corporate clients for leaving 'substantial' deposits at the bank.
A young Afghan woman killed in a Kabul suicide attack becomes the focus of a campaign to create student scholarships in her name.
Three terrorism suspects were involved in a plot to behead a member of the British public "imminently" when they were arrested, a court hears.
A charity is to give away 2,000 Talking Book audio computers to some of Ghana's poorest communities after securing funds from Unicef and ARM.
A knee injury will sideline Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind for several weeks but not six months.
Yaya Toure is among the Premier League players who may miss club games in the new year to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.
England women's midfielder Karen Carney believes their historic game at Wembley on Sunday proves there is an appetite for the women's game.
North-east US hit by massive snowstorm
Security forces fire tear gas inside Nigeria's parliament in an apparent attempt to stop a senior politician from taking part in a debate over militant group Boko Haram.
An average of 13 people a day have been killed in eastern Ukraine since a ceasefire began in September, the UN human rights office says.
The Myanmar army denies it deliberately targeted a Kachin rebel camp in a mortar attack that killed 23 people.
Germany's three left-leaning parties agree a historic deal which will see the first far-left state president since the fall of Communism.
Ivory Coast could face sanctions over a pitch invasion that followed their qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Officials in Myanmar have said that a mortar shell that killed more than 20 ethnic rebel soldiers on Tuesday was meant as a warning shot.
Nathan Cleverly expects to hit the "repeat button" in his rematch with Tony Bellew in Liverpool on Saturday.
Police in Japan have raided the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as details of six former partners' deaths emerge in local media.
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.
Rory McIlroy shares the first-round lead with Shane Lowry at six under in the World Tour Championship in Dubai.