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Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.
North Korea frees detained US man
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.
Canada car killer's passport seized
A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.
Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.
Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim
Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned by many states, a leading human rights group says.
Designer Oscar de la Renta dies
Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 82, says his family.
Man walks again after transplant
A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again after cells from his nose were transplanted into his severed spinal cord.
'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the chief executive of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.
Italian police find 1.7bn-euro fraud
Italian police break a crime ring that defrauded the state of €1.7bn euros.
Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman
The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).
HK in first talks with students
Hong Kong officials end a first round of talks with student leaders to try to resolve an impasse that sparked weeks of pro-democracy protests.
Audi claims self-drive speed record
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.
Singing nun releases 'Like a Virgin'
Italian nun who won the The Voice releases Madonna's 1984 hit as her debut single.
Police hunt links to Indiana killings
Authorities in two US states are reviewing unsolved cases for links to an Indiana man being held on suspicion of killing seven women.
US soldier missing at murder hearing
A US Marine has failed to appear in a Philippines court after being accused of murdering a transgender Filipino.
Rewards for Mexico missing students
The Mexican government offers rewards totalling $4.75m (£3m) for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.
Ambassador demands Top Gear apology
The Argentine ambassador to the UK calls for the BBC make a public apology following the row over an edition of Top Gear filmed in the South American country.
Bashir seeks to extend 25-year rule
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election next year, an aide says, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power.
Somalia orders UK passport seizure
A court in Somalia orders the seizure of a local radio station owner's UK passport after he is accused of threatening national security.
Tributes paid to ex-Australian PM
Tributes have been paid to Australia's controversial former prime minister Gough Whitlam who died on Tuesday at the age of 98.
Pair retract Thai murder confessions
Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand retract their confessions, lawyers say.
Lufthansa strike declared legal
German airline Lufthansa fails in a court bid to force its pilots to call off their strike, while union leaders warn of more action.
Farage defends Polish MEP alliance
UKIP leader Nigel Farage defends allowing a Polish politician criticised for a comment on hitting women into its grouping in the European Parliament.
Fresh fighting in key Syrian town
Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.
Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists
An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.
Storm leaves one dead and four hurt
A woman dies and four people are taken to hospital after winds felled trees and storms sweep the country.
Man guilty of hotel hammer attacks
A man who beat three sisters with a claw hammer in a London hotel while their children slept alongside them is found guilty of attempted murder.
McDonald's and Coke see profits fall
McDonald's and Coca Cola post profits down sharply in the three months to the end of September, with both seeing sales under pressure in the US.
Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.
China growth slows to five-year low
China's economy grows at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures.
Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.
QPR chairman apologises for club row
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes orders Adel Taarabt and manager Harry Redknapp to end their "embarrassing" public row.
My Man Utd not antiquated - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson defends himself against suggestions David Moyes inherited an "antiquated" structure at Manchester United.
Protests against controversial opera
Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer.
Timberlake settles Heat legal action
Celebrity magazine Heat apologises to actor and singer Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel after publishing a "false and unfounded story" questioning their marriage.
Banksy's Pierced Eardrum vandalised
A new mural by street artist Banksy in Bristol is vandalised less than 24 hours after the work appeared.
VIDEO: 'Nazis' who left US still got benefits
The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US.
VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
VIDEO: 'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators have said "criminal negligence" caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total's chief executive.
VIDEO: British medics head to Sierra Leone
Some 80 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.
VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters
The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the front line in north-east Syria.
VIDEO: Doctor on sister's Ebola death
Dr Olivet Buck died after contracting Ebola while treating patients in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
VIDEO: Gibraltar future with Spain 'not realistic'
Fabian Picardo says the people of Gibraltar see their future with the UK, and being part of Spain is "not realistic".
VIDEO: Baghdad: Where one bomb is a quiet day
The regularity of bombings in Baghdad makes fire-fighting a busy and dangerous profession.
Oscar de la Renta: Life and work in pictures
The life and work of US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta
Hobbit find rewriting human history
Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink
Pumpkin riot shows US divisions
What did a riot at a pumpkin festival show about race in US?
VIDEO: Man v Subway
How racing the tube became a worldwide trend
Five ways Whitlam changed Australia
Five ways that late PM Gough Whitlam reformed his country
Day in pictures: 21 October
A selection of news photos from around the world
Islamic State: The US volunteers who fight with Syria's Kurds
The Americans who have joined the Kurds in the fight against IS