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Are personality differences widespread in the animal world?
US rapper Kanye West and singer Usher will be honoured for their achievements at the BET awards next year
A South African judge rules that prosecutors can appeal against the acquittal on murder charges of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.
Captain Michael Clarke scores a century against India in Australia's first Test since the death of Phillip Hughes.
The difference between the amount the UK imports and exports narrowed to a seven-month low in October, official data shows.
As she prepares to receive her Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai tells the BBC of her political ambitions - and her hopes to be Pakistan PM.
Is the oil industry at a turning point?
Inflation in China eased to a five-year low in November, suggesting continued weakness in the Asian economic giant.
Oil giant BP says it expects to incur restructuring charges of about $1bn over the coming year as it seeks to simplify the business.
France's last remaining hostage in Mali, Serge Lazarevic, has arrived home to a welcome from family members and French President Francois Hollande.
France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrives home to a welcome from family members and French President Francois Hollande.
UK energy giant BG Group sells an Australian gas pipeline network to APA Group for $5bn (£3.2bn).
Children's favourite Paddington maintains pole position at the UK and Ireland box office for a second week in succession.
Shrien Dewani arrives back in England after being cleared by a court in South Africa of arranging the murder of his wife in 2010.
Louis van Gaal lines up Kevin Strootman Arjen Robben deal, Manuel Pellegrini dismisses Manchester City job fears, plus more.
Asian shares were mostly lower as data from the region's leaders, China and Japan, showed weaker economic growth.
The BBC launches the Young Writers' Award to help celebrate 10 years of its National Short Story Award.
A gala in New York to mark the 600th anniversary of the Scottish university where they first met, has drawn a close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the United States.
The last French hostage held by Islamist militants, Serge Lazarevic, has been released in Mali, French President Francois Hollande announces.
Australia pledges A$200m (£106m; $166m) to help poor nations mitigate the impact of global warming, in an apparent government U-turn.