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Zhang Kunsheng has become the highest ranking Chinese diplomat to be investigated for suspected corruption, state media report.
New research suggests most types of cancer are the result of bad luck, rather than an unhealthy lifestyle or genetic factors.
A number of shots are fired through the rear window of a house in Omagh, County Tyrone.
The Italian coastguard is co-ordinating a rescue operation for a merchant ship adrift off the south-east coast of Italy with at least 400 migrants on board.
Gambling revenue in the world's biggest gaming hub, Macau, falls for the first time on an annual basis since casinos were liberalised there in 2001.
Former Democratic Governor of New York Mario Cuomo dies just before his son Andrew is inaugurated as governor for a second term, family sources say.
Royal Mail is celebrating 50 years of its special stamps programme by launching a website showing all 2,663 designs.
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The search for AirAsia flight QZ8510 which crashed into the sea on Sunday is to move underwater, with the arrival of specialist equipment.
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The Conservative Party has "lurched to the right" and ceded the "centre ground" of politics to Labour, claims shadow chancellor Ed Balls.
Cuban dissidents say police have arrested a group of political activists who were protesting outside a jail in the capital, Havana.
The two brothers of jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste say that they will push for the Egyptian president to release him by decree.
Lizo Mzimba previews the year's small-screen must-sees
Australian shares started the new year flat in thin trading with many of the region's markets closed ahead of the first full week of trading in 2015.
A bigger and better clearing house for all the world's new cocoa varieties opens in the UK at the University of Reading.
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Most types of cancer can simply be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study suggests.
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