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Wednesday's headlines include plans to extend the smoking ban to public parks and a new Conservative pledge on cutting inheritance tax.
Police in Hong Kong clash with pro-democracy protesters and arrest dozens as they clear an underpass near the government headquarters.
A global drive is needed to tackle the roots of extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union are staging a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday.
The death toll from Ebola has risen to 4,447, mainly in West Africa, the World Health Organization estimates, as it predicts thousands of new cases.
Elections are being held in Mozambique, with the ruling Frelimo party facing a tough challenge from longstanding opponents in the Renamo party.
Inflation in China eased to a near five-year low in September, adding to evidence of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
Voting begins in state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test after his party's landslide general election win.
Senior military officials from the two Koreas are holding talks for the first time in seven years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports.
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Crowds of pro-democracy protesters have clashed with riot police in Hong Kong as tensions escalate following more than two weeks of demonstrations.
Serbia's Euro 2016 qualifier match with Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparked clashes involving players and fans on the football pitch.
The US increases air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syrian, the Pentagon says, as President Obama predicts "a long-term" fight.
Head teachers want primary school pupils to learn more about the links between learning and the world of work.
Oscar Pistorius will return to court for a third day of a pre-sentencing hearing over whether he should face prison for killing his girlfriend.
Limits could be put on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be kept on police bail in England and Wales, Theresa May indicates.
The US Supreme Court blocks key parts of a controversial Texas law enforcing restrictions on abortion.
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DNA tests have shown that 28 bodies found in a mass grave are not those of a missing group of students, the Mexican attorney general says.
A woman charged with kidnapping a newborn baby from a Quebec hospital in May has pleaded guilty to all charges.