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Thirteen men are convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls.
The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.
A one-month jail sentence is given to Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao for a headbutt in a French league fixture.
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.
Namibia woos young voters with electronic election
Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid.
Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.
Tanzania's prime minister is under parliamentary pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120m (£76m) to an energy firm.
Two Indian teenagers found hanged in May took their own lives, investigators say, contradicting reports they were gang-raped and murdered.
Some Hong Kong council members flee their regular smoking area, after being insulted by protesters.
US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.
Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy tells MPs that most politicians are not corrupt, a day after his health minister stepped down over a kick-back scandal.
A landmark vote at the European Parliament has called for Google's search business to be separated from its other businesses.
Proposals for English MPs to vote on English laws are to be brought in before Christmas, David Cameron says.
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A Thai protester says the military government has reacted aggressively to their use of the salute featured in the Hunger Games films.
Well-known Australians and cricket figures pay tribute to Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being hit by a ball.
After two days of unrest, the streets of Ferguson in Missouri were mostly quiet on Wednesday night, as Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.