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People with learning disabilities are being kept in hospitals too far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England finds.
Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, popularly known as the "Diva of Music" in the Arab world, dies at the age of 87.
Protests have been held in more than a dozen US cities over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed a black teenager in Missouri.
Four polio vaccination workers are shot dead and three injured in the south-west Pakistani city of Quetta.
Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday.
Video bloggers are being told they need to be completely clear about when they are being paid to promote products.
China drafts its first national law against domestic violence, long seen as a private matter in the country.
Top German companies are told to ensure that 30% of supervisory board positions are held by women from 2016 under a law agreed late on Tuesday.
Secondary school students in North Korea will now have to complete an 81-hour course on the country's leader.
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The founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he is out of funds after spending $10m on a legal battle.
Sudan's government has asked the UN-African Union force in Darfur (Unamid) to shut its human rights office, the joint peacekeeping mission says.
Goldman Sachs and HSBC are amongst four platinum and palladium dealers to be sued in New York for allegedly fixing the price of the metals.
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF blocks Vice-President Joyce Mujuru from retaining a party post, damaging her chances of one day succeeding President Mugabe.
Seven university students linked to jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have reportedly gone on trial in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang.
People on board a flight in Russia get out and push the aircraft after its braking system freezes.
Man City's Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta join Chelsea's Filipe Luis and Branislav Ivanovic on Fifa World XI shortlist.
Oscar winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are to star in a TV series written by Ally McBeal writer David E Kelley.
Facebook is under pressure to be more active in the battle against extremism
Boyzone singer Ronan Keating calls making his West End debut in musical Once a "liberating" if exposing experience.