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Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.
An Australian professor and government education advisor, Barry Spurr, resigns from the University of Sydney for sending racist emails.
Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.
The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
America's huge humming arches
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says criticism of Raheem Sterling is misplaced after he scored twice at Bournemouth.
LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark
The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
The US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates on hold and says it "can be patient" over any decision to raise them, sending stocks higher.
The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
Artist's colourful search for identity
The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.
American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote