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Quake victims need 'uplifting mail'

December 9, 2014 - 11:24am
A Japanese group seeks letters from foreign schoolchildren to encourage survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tanzania's albino community: 'Killed like animals'

December 9, 2014 - 11:24am
Trying to protect Tanzania's albino community from attack

Citi predicts $2.7bn legal costs

December 9, 2014 - 11:17am
Michael Corbat, the chief executive of US bank Citigroup, says the firm will set aside $2.7bn (£1.7bn) in the fourth-quarter due to rising legal costs.

Dylan to release 'uncovers' album

December 9, 2014 - 11:01am
Musician Bob Dylan is to release an album of new interpretations of classic hit songs which he has dubbed an "uncovers" record.

Child rapist sentence 'unlawful'

December 9, 2014 - 10:52am
A "very dangerous" child rapist is released from prison after a judge said it would be unlawful to keep him locked up.

CPS 'right' to pursue rape case

December 9, 2014 - 10:29am
Prosecutors say it was right to pursue a woman who killed herself days before appearing in court accused of making a false rape allegation.

Suzman downplays white theatre claim

December 9, 2014 - 10:20am
Dame Janet Suzman calls for greater diversity in London theatres and downplays reports that she claimed theatre is "a white invention".

India Uber 'rape' prompts taxi ban

December 9, 2014 - 9:59am
India's government tells all states to ban unregistered web-based taxi firms after an Uber company driver is accused of raping a passenger in Delhi.

Urine protest against drug test idea

December 9, 2014 - 9:45am
Hungary's Young Democrats are unhappy about a proposal to test young people for drugs.

Force warned over police kill threat

December 9, 2014 - 9:37am
West Midlands Police issues alerts to staff after receiving an anonymous warning of a threat to kidnap and kill a serving officer.

US to publish CIA 'torture' report

December 9, 2014 - 9:18am
Details of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" techniques are set to be revealed in a long-awaited Senate report, due to be published later.

Amazon warns US over drone rules

December 9, 2014 - 9:04am
Amazon has said it may take its drone delivery research outside the US because of strict regulation of the unmanned aircraft.

VIDEO: CIA report raises threat to US

December 9, 2014 - 8:54am
There are fears that the publication of a Senate report on CIA interrogation methods could trigger an attack on the US.

Two killed in Bahrain explosions

December 9, 2014 - 8:43am
A Bahraini citizen has been killed and an expatriate wounded by an explosion south-west of Manama, officials say, the second deadly blast in two days.

Greece brings forward key vote

December 9, 2014 - 8:19am
The Greek prime minister brings forward the date of a crucial presidential vote in parliament, with markets in Athens tumbling on fears of uncertainty.

Vice-president denies Mugabe plot

December 9, 2014 - 8:09am
The vice-president of Zimbabwe, Joice Mujuru, rejects accusations that she plotted to kill President Robert Mugabe as "unfounded" and "ridiculous".

Day in pictures: 9 December 2014

December 9, 2014 - 8:09am
A selection of striking news images from around the world

US Senate passes Venezuela sanctions

December 9, 2014 - 8:07am
The US Senate backs a bill which would impose travel bans and economic sanctions on Venezuelan officials found to have violated protesters' rights.

VIDEO: BBC under fire in Iraq's Baiji refinery

December 9, 2014 - 7:55am
Iraq's armed forces have retaken control of the Baiji Oil Refinery in the north of the country but are still under attack from snipers, as Quentin Sommerville reports.

Judge delays Oscar Pistorius ruling

December 9, 2014 - 7:54am
A South African judge delays to Wednesday her ruling on whether prosecutors can appeal against what they call the "shockingly light" sentence passed on Oscar Pistorius.