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The mayor of the US suburb where a police officer shot dead a black teenager says the death cannot be compared to that of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, condemns Islamic State as 'barbaric' and 'blasphemous'.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says new military courts will hear terrorism-related cases after an agreement between political parties.
Sony Pictures is distributing its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release.
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Christmas travellers are warned to be prepared for ice and snow across large areas of Scotland.
A US laboratory technician is being monitored after possible exposure to the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Doctors are warning parents to be vigilant after seeing a spate of young children with loom bands stuck up their noses.
Afzal Ashraf, a consultant fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, says governments must confront the violent extremism of jihadist groups like Islamic State, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and Boko Haram.
The Queen will highlight the ceramic poppy tribute to World War 1 casualties and those dealing with the Ebola disease, in her Christmas Day broadcast.
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The major construction work in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics is unearthing a wealth of material from the city's dark past as a major port in the slave trade.
Rio's grim slavery past surfaces during development
Swiss monastery opens doors to asylum seekers
Why Jack O'Connell is the talk of Hollywood
Images of transformation 10 years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami
Talking Movies' Tom Brook talks to Tim Burton about his latest film Big Eyes - the story of Walter Keane, who rose to fame by passing his wife's artwork off as his own.
Christians from around the world have gathered in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.