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China has launched its latest Shenzhou manned space mission, carrying three astronauts on their journey to the orbiting Tiangong space lab.
Reviews of Man of Steel, the eagerly anticipated "reboot" of the Superman franchise, are largely favourable, though some complain about a lack of humour.
Three Chinese astronauts launch on their Long March rocket for a 15-day mission that will take them to the Tiangong orbiting laboratory.
Australia call up Queensland Reds winger Luke Morahan for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
US sitcom The Big Bang Theory takes home the most prizes from the Critics' Choice TV Awards in Los Angeles, scooping three awards including best comedy series.
The chief of AEG Live, the live event promoters being sued by Michael Jackson's mother, says the company expressed concern over medical treatments the late singer was receiving.
French air-traffic controllers strike over against plans to create a single European airspace, ahead of similar protests planned across the EU.
Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas will undergo a medical with Liverpool as he completes the formalities of a £7m move.
A fast-moving tornado has caused damaged to a southern Kentucky town.
The BBC's Mark Lowen describes the scene as Turkish riot police enter Istanbul's Taksim Square - where anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations for close to two weeks.
Australia's injured captain Michael Clarke will miss his side's Champions Trophy group match against New Zealand on Wednesday.
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Sony has revealed that it plans to sell the PlayStation 4 for £349, making it £80 cheaper than Microsoft's Xbox One launch price
The sole reformist candidate in Iran's presidential election, Mohammad Reza Aref, has dropped out of the race, his website says.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says variations in early death rates across England show action is needed to identify health challenges.
South African ex-President Nelson Mandela is spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital where he is being treated for a recurrent lung infection
Turkish riot police move into Istanbul's Taksim Square, where anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations for close to two weeks.
At least four people are killed in a building collapse in the Indian city of Mumbai, police say.
The veteran leader of India's main opposition BJP, LK Advani, refuses to reconsider his resignation from party posts, media reports say.
SoftBank sweetens its bid for the third-largest US phone carrier Sprint Nextel, as it looks to become one of the world's largest mobile operators.