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Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
A Greek MP says he was offered a bribe worth 3m euros in order to vote for the government's candidate in a critical presidential vote.
Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
Former England striker Gary Lineker says the way Fifa is running world football is a "farce" and "hugely depressing".
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.
Alastair Cook is replaced by Eoin Morgan as England's one-day captain, less than two months before the World Cup.
The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin are cleared of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court - but convicted of causing or allowing his death.
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Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.
China orders a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a gay man who was given electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual.
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds.
World leaders have welcomed a historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations, but, what does it mean for Cubans?
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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
Pakistan's military says it has killed 59 Taliban militants in several operations, days after the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar.
Greenpeace will co-operate with an investigation by a Peruvian court to determine responsibility for damage caused by activists at the Nazca Lines, the group's chief executive says.