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Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is to be charged "with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs", the Crown Prosecution Service confirms.
Formula 1 will award double points at the final race from 2014 and introduce a cost cap from 2015 among other changes.
French soldiers start taking weapons from fighters in the Central African Republic - and briefly trade fire with armed men unwilling to disarm.
An amnesty drafted by Russia's President Putin could free the two jailed Pussy Riot protesters and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 campaigners.
Thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo attend the state funeral of rumba star Tabu Ley Rochereau in the capital, Kinshasa.
Aerospace and defence giant EADS says it will cut 5,800 jobs as a fall in governments' military spending begins to bite.
Propaganda fears as Putin replaces respected news agency
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie appears in court in Egypt for the first time since his arrest in August.
An Australian facing deportation after disrupting last year's University Boat Race by swimming in front of the crews can stay in the UK, a judge rules.
Syrian government forces are reported to have taken control of the motorway linking Damascus with the city of Homs, as well as the nearby town of Nabak.
The obstacles to gathering vox pops in China
Investigators find no evidence of "major" engine or gearbox failure in the police helicopter which crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow, killing nine people.
Singapore leader Lee Hsien Loong urges the public not to "tarnish" their view of migrants after a rare riot sparked by the death of an Indian national.
Sacred artefacts from the Hopi native American tribe go under the hammer at a Paris auction, despite US objections.
American Airlines and US Airways complete their long awaited merger to launch the world's biggest airline.
Film star and "green" campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio is to enter a team in the new Formula E motor racing series, which aims to boost electric car sales.
Venezuela's governing United Socialist Party wins the greatest share of the vote in Sunday's local elections, the National Electoral Council says.
A man admits in court that he killed soldier Lee Rigby but says it was not murder because "I am a soldier of Allah" and "this is a war".
A car bomb near a cafe in central Iraq kills at least 11, officials say, while eight more people die in unrelated attacks in and around Baghdad.
Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe tells the BBC about the former president's "wonderful" final moments, with the whole family around him.