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South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.
An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.
A selection of news images from around the world
A Mexican human rights body accuses eight soldiers of killing 12 suspects in cold blood and tampering with the evidence to make it look like a shoot-out.
World number one Serena Williams is beaten by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in her heaviest defeat for 16 years.
Aerospace giant Boeing has raised its forecast for profits this year and says it has a record backlog of orders.
A woman is arrested in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts related to Syria, Scotland Yard says.
Supporters of a leading anti-government cleric in Pakistan end a two-month protest in the capital Islamabad against PM Nawaz Sharif, but others remain.
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.
Protesters gather outside of the residence of Hong Kong's leader, CY Leung, in protest at his recent comments on extending democracy.
A legal challenge is launched into the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating historical child abuse as political pressure grows.
Britain's Chris Froome has revealed he may not compete in the 2015 Tour de France as the route is unveiled.
Sweden could use weapons in the search for a suspected foreign submarine near the capital Stockholm, a senior naval official tells the BBC.
Actress Lynda Bellingham had shared her hopes for a final Christmas in a special edition of Loose Women.
Remembering the swashbuckling Watergate editor Ben Bradlee
The US space agency uploads a free library of audio files, including astronaut voices.
As the Ebola outbreak claims 20 lives a day in Sierra Leone, the BBC's Tulip Mazumdar reports from the capital Freetown on how volunteers are being trained to carry out safe burials.
England call up three uncapped players for the autumn internationals in Semesa Rokoduguni, George Kruis and Calum Clark.
A snowplough driver at a Moscow airport says he lost his bearings before a collision with a plane that killed Total oil boss Christophe de Margerie.
Oil giant Total appoints a new chief executive and new chairman to replace Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash in Moscow on Monday.