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Maria Sharapova goes out of the WTA Finals, ensuring Serena Williams will end 2014 as the world number one.
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.
Andy Murray boosts his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals with a hard-fought win over Kevin Anderson at the Valencia Open.
Chelsea's Diego Costa could start against Manchester United, despite an illness that required a stay in hospital.
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced.
Kurtley Beale is fined £24,600 for sending an offensive picture message to an Australian Rugby Union female team official.
A British woman understood to have gone to Thailand for cosmetic surgery has died in an operation, Thai officials say.
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.
Ukraine's vote could bring conflict, not peace
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Canada's foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists.
One of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in 2002, is set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.
Austria finally remembers deserters from Hitler's army
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".
Female peace activists think the strike could force men to end armed conflict.
A US doctor who returned to New York from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa becomes the first person to test positive for the virus in the city.
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.
British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November.
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.
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