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US snowboarder Shaun White says training for his bid to win a third Olympic title at the Sochi Games gives him "a lot of purpose".
A powerful explosion in the Afghan capital, Kabul, was an accident at a depot for unexploded ordinance, Afghan officials say.
The US and UK have suspended all "non-lethal" support for rebels in northern Syria, but not humanitarian aid.
The US state department says it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine after riot police moved in on protesters.
New Zealand's government drops charges against the head of a coal mine where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 blast, angering relatives of the miners.
Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by Time for the "strength of the symbolism" of his actions.
Town remembers 20 children killed in a mass shooting a year ago
Hilton Worldwide raises $2.35bn (£1.4bn) through a share sale, making it the second-largest initial public offering (IPO) in the US this year.
Australia's government is holding talks with Toyota as it looks to convince the firm to continue manufacturing cars there.
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins the Brits Critics' Choice award, which will be presented during next year's nominations.
A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.
Air Canada orders 61 Boeing 737 MAX planes worth $6.5bn (£4.2bn) at list prices, a big win for the planemaker over rival Airbus.
Pumza Fihlani's vivid account of seeing the man who made her life possible
The dancing grannies who love loud music
A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.
The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.
A top Republican senator's chief of staff is arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, the US authorities say.
How Cirque du Soleil won fans around the world
The UN is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a winter storm brings snow, high winds and freezing temperatures to the country.
Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust.