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Executed Chinese teenager 'innocent'

December 15, 2014 - 6:24am
A court in China clears a teenager of the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet, 18 years after he was executed.

Armed men enter Belgian apartment

December 15, 2014 - 6:17am
Four armed men enter a flat in the Belgian city of Ghent and police seal off the surrounding area.

Sony warns press over hacking leaks

December 15, 2014 - 6:17am
Sony Pictures contacts some news outlets in an attempt to limit the damage caused by the hacking of its computer system and the leaking of emails.

Clarke to have surgery on hamstring

December 15, 2014 - 6:12am
Australia captain Michael Clarke will undergo surgery on Tuesday in his bid to overcome a hamstring injury.

VIDEO: Violent clashes in southern Mexico

December 15, 2014 - 6:12am
Violent clashes erupted between student protesters and riot police in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Sunday, leaving at least 20 people injured.

Guardiola 'surprised' by Bayern

December 15, 2014 - 5:46am
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he is "surprised by the mentality" of his players as they went nine points clear.

What chance of peace in South Sudan?

December 15, 2014 - 5:46am
What chance of peace after a year of South Sudan conflict?

South Africa joy at Miss World win

December 15, 2014 - 5:33am
South Africans, including President Zuma, celebrate Rolene Strauss's crowning as Miss World 2014, becoming the third South African to win the title.

Uber taxi service faces Paris protest

December 15, 2014 - 5:17am
Taxi drivers block some roads around Paris and at airports in protest at the taxi-booking service Uber.

Cosby breaks silence on abuse claims

December 15, 2014 - 5:08am
Actor Bill Cosby speaks out for the first time since police open investigation into claims of historical sexual abuse.

VIDEO: Belgium 'at standstill' amid strikes

December 15, 2014 - 5:00am
Plane and rail strikes over government austerity measure brings Belgium to a standstill.

Uganda maid jailed for child assault

December 15, 2014 - 4:57am
A Ugandan maid is sentenced to four years in jail for assaulting a toddler, in a case which sparked national outrage after a video was released.

Abe win fails to boost Japan's Nikkei

December 15, 2014 - 4:40am
The victory by Shinzo Abe's coalition in Japan's election failed to boost the market, with investors focusing more on a disappointing Tankan business survey.

Libyan troops clash over oil ports

December 15, 2014 - 4:38am
Rival Libyan troops clash over control of two of the country's main oil terminals for a second day, leading to their closure.

Strikes bring Belgium to standstill

December 15, 2014 - 4:31am
A nationwide strike in Belgium has brought air, rail and road transport to a halt and forced many businesses to close.

VIDEO: Sydney siege: 'Huge police operation'

December 15, 2014 - 3:49am
Hundreds of armed police seal off an area of central Sydney where at least one gunman is holding staff and customers hostage in a cafe.

Police clear final HK protest site

December 15, 2014 - 3:22am
Hong Kong police arrest several people as they clear the last remaining pro-democracy protest site at Causeway Bay.

India Christmas conversions banned

December 15, 2014 - 3:01am
Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state say they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.