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Rory McIlroy says he will relish being the European player that America will target in this week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory.
Ed Balls says he will increase the minimum wage, bring in a mansion tax, freeze child benefit and axe the "bedroom tax" in his first Budget if Labour wins power.
Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes.
Ashraf Ghani has said people in Afghanistan "demonstrated a remarkable will for wanting transformation" during this election.
Russia is making plans to ensure state control over the country's internet traffic in a national emergency, Russian media report.
The first episode of the fifth series of costume drama Downton Abbey is watched by an average audience of 8.1m on ITV.
Turkey closes most of its border crossings with Syria after the arrival of at least 130,000 Kurd refugees, as IS militants approach a key Syrian town.
Roger Federer will play in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League after Rafael Nadal withdraws to focus on 2015.
Ukraine is preparing to withdraw heavy weaponry away from separatist rebel lines in the east, the military says.
Toronto mayor's enemies unite with him in new battle
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro invests almost $50m in an initiative to disarm civilians, in an effort to cut down on the country's high murder rate.
Bollywood cleavage row shows India's 'crass' side
Pakistan names a close ally of the army chief to head the country's feared Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.
Students at Calcutta's Jadavpur University say they will continue a boycott despite a government vow to investigate a sexual assault on a female student.
Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition.
The BBC apologises for airing an excerpt from a 1971 edition of Top of the Pops in which disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile was briefly shown.
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide.
Young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner debuts at the top of the US box office chart.