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Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
China is "against all forms of cyber attacks", its foreign minister says in a conversation with John Kerry about the Sony hacking controversy.
Trio chase Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, Man City after Kevin De Bruyne, Mats Hummels alerts Man Utd, plus more.
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
Home improvements retailer Kingfisher agrees to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth £140m
Asian markets headed higher on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break.
Venezuela is one of the countries most affected by the drop in oil prices - it was already in a deep economic crisis when the price per barrel was over $100.
Half of UK firms plan to expand their workforce next year, with more permanent jobs being created than temporary ones, the CBI business lobby group says.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and drugs and gun crime fuel the cycle of violence in the Cape Flats, an area notorious for gangs.
Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.
Why American sports refuse to relegate the worst teams
Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget".
A dense fog envelops the Indian capital, Delhi, and northern parts of the country, causing travel chaos.
Black activists boycott social media over inequalities
South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.
The Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit
Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.