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A lockdown is declared in northern Sierra Leone, with shops and travel services shut for at least three days, in a bid to contain the Ebola virus.
Weather forecast for the UK
The Queen will highlight the ceramic poppy tribute to World War One casualties and those dealing with the Ebola disease, in her Christmas Day broadcast.
A half-century of folks dashing into the cold sea on Christmas morning is being celebrated on the beach in south Wales.
Tackling road "pinch points" is key to improving the economic prosperity of north Wales, says a report.
More people are seeking help for alcohol problems than those with drug issues, one of Wales' biggest charities says.
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.
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