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Belgium's new centre-right government, led by its youngest PM since 1841, is sworn in after more than four months of talks.
Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford wants to bounce back in 2015 with wins for Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own in final practice at the Russian Grand Prix despite a spin.
Iraqi officials in western Anbar province make an urgent appeal for military help, saying the area could fall to Islamic State militants "in days".
A Chinese court passes sentence on five cult members who beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province in May.
The executive producer of the BBC's Top Gear defends the show following reports its crew had to flee Argentina because of a number plate "stunt".
In Cuba, young children are learning circus skills with a view to becoming professional performers.
At least nine people die in a boat accident in Guinea, with at least 30 people still missing, officials and residents say.
Turning the Shaolin warrior monks into a global brand
Police in a small Alaska town mistakenly tell a couple their son has been killed in a car accident, leading to an extraordinary reunion just hours later.
MPs are to vote on a backbench Commons motion that will call on the UK government to recognise Palestine as a state.
The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of an almost empty reservoir.
How the latest Indian Ocean cyclone got its name
Kurds call for better weapons to defeat Islamic State