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A fire in a farmers' market in south China's Shenzhen kills 16 people and injures at least three, officials say.
Two rare films from Peter Sellers' early career will be shown in public for the first time in 50 years, at the 2014 Southend Film Festival.
US car giant General Motors (GM) has named product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.
India's top court is due to rule on decriminalising gay sex in a country where many regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate.
Two of India's biggest firms, Reliance Industries and Bharti Airtel, agree to share telecom infrastructure.
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Are California's 'isolation' prison cells torture?
Will Mandela's funeral really be the biggest in history?
Why a US book on child discipline has provoked a storm
Minor disruption and inattention in the classroom have been tolerated in too many of England's schools for too long, Ofsted head warns.
The supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park in the United States is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
Medical students from the US have brought together a number of medical mobile phone applications to create a 10 minute physical examination, including and ultrasound scan and heart rate monitor.
Nasa's Iris mission has observed the region between the Sun's surface and its outer layers, where temperatures reach 2,000,000C.
Why Uruguay is legalising its marijuana market
How to thwart those trying to catch you out over Christmas
President Francois Hollande defends France's military intervention in the Central African Republic, after two French soldiers were killed in Bangui.
A new model for Uganda's lack of schools
Most regions of the UK are already in a house price bubble, according to an economics professor from Warwick University.