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Thousands of people eventually diagnosed with cancer are not being referred quickly enough by GPs, figures released by NHS England suggest.
North Korea deports a US veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October, the state-run KCNA news agency reports.
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British singer Elton John urges Russia to end discrimination against gays and lesbians as he performs at a concert in Moscow.
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Six men are detained in central Mexico over the robbery earlier this week of a truck containing radioactive material from a hospital.
At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, the Red Cross says.
Across South Africa, people are gathering to celebrate the life of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.
A clean up operation is under way on the east coast of England after widespread flooding following the worst tidal surge for 60 years.
An ex-Goldman Sachs trader is sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to repay $188m ( £115m) over a botched 2007 trade.
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The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sells at auction in New York for a record $965,000 (£591,000).
A vigil is held in London's Trafalgar Square, after the Queen says she is "deeply saddened" to learn of Nelson Mandela's death.
The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show.
England are drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.