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Asia shares follow US stocks higher

December 19, 2014 - 2:28am
Markets in Asia rise in the wake of US markets' overnight records - inspired by Wednesday's apparent hardening of the US's stance on interest rates.

Friday's gossip column

December 19, 2014 - 2:18am
Liverpool want Real Madrid player, Manchester United to spend £30m, Chelsea to miss out on defender, plus more.

Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

December 19, 2014 - 2:09am
A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead.

India's Kerala dilutes alcohol ban

December 19, 2014 - 2:05am
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala announce plans to dilute their earlier decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to attract tourists and protect jobs.

Vettel affected by Ricciardo pace

December 19, 2014 - 1:29am
Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull partly because of the pace of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, says team boss Christian Horner.

China revises up 2013 economy size

December 19, 2014 - 1:26am
China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.

VIDEO: Men fall victim to online 'sextortion'

December 19, 2014 - 1:25am
Hundreds of thousands of men around the world are falling victim every year to a pernicious form of online crime.

S Korea Christians scrap border tree

December 19, 2014 - 12:54am
A South Korean Christian group cancels plans to put up a Christmas-tree shaped tower close to the border with the North, citing "jitters".

South Korea bans 'pro-North' party

December 18, 2014 - 11:53pm
South Korea bans a political party for the first time in decades, with a court ordering a party accused of supporting the North to disband.

Thai tuna firm buys US rival

December 18, 2014 - 11:48pm
The world's largest canned tuna producer Thai Union Frozen Products is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£96m).

VIDEO: India splashes out on art biennale

December 18, 2014 - 10:52pm
Kochi in India is hosting its second art biennale despite criticism the city can't afford to lavish so much money on the arts.

VIDEO: 'Easy to hack companies like Sony'

December 18, 2014 - 9:53pm
Marc Maiffret, a former hacker who is now an internet security expert, says it is easy for a hacker to break into a company Sony.

VIDEO: Kurds: 'Biggest victory yet' over IS

December 18, 2014 - 9:42pm
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Killing of top Taliban 'ineffective'

December 18, 2014 - 9:33pm
A secret CIA report released by Wikileaks says strikes against Taliban leaders have had little impact on the group.

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'

December 18, 2014 - 9:21pm
Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

In pictures: Bangladesh oil spill clean-up

December 18, 2014 - 8:51pm
How local residents cope with Bangladesh oil spill

Should students carry guns on campus?

December 18, 2014 - 8:45pm
The battle for guns at university

How are Venezuelans coping with tumbling oil prices?

December 18, 2014 - 8:17pm
How Venezuelans are affected by falling oil prices

Mosul diaries: Poisoned by water

December 18, 2014 - 8:09pm
Residents of IS-run Mosul sick from drinking the river

New record for deepest fish

December 18, 2014 - 8:01pm
Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.