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The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.
Deradicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis
The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.
How Luxembourg came to represent the Dutch
Five things we learned from Putin's annual review
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.
US stocks close at record highs on Thursday, with the Dow Jones surging over 400 points, continuing a rally sparked by the Federal Reserve the day before.
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.
The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key part of the reforms introduced by Congress following the financial crisis.
International relief organisations say thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers in the Central African Republic.
Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.
New tests claim Cameroon player Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating and not from an object thrown by fans.
Pupils who survived a massacre at their school in Pakistan have been paying tribute to those who died.
A panel in Japan puts forward a plan to protect four buildings damaged by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, including a former elementary school.
The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.