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Prosecutors in the Philippines charge a US marine with murder in connection with the death of a Filipino transgender woman.
Isohunt, a website providing access to mostly pirated material, has put online a clone of closed-down rival The Pirate Bay
Could a UN plan to freeze hostilities in the embattled city of Aleppo really be a fruitful first step towards reducing violence in Syria, asks the BBC's Lyse Doucet
Three people deny claiming the firm carried more concessionary passengers than was true.
Nigeria's two main oil workers' unions begin a nationwide strike, threatening to hurt the output of Africa's largest oil producer.
A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults is jailed for 12 years at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Three men are arrested in connection with an investigation into dissident republican terrorist activity.
The mother of one of the hostages trapped inside a cafe in Sydney by a gunman, has said she received a text from her son to say "I'm OK".
Australians show support to Muslims fearing backlash
Germany is braced for a controversial march against "Islamisation of the West" in Dresden and a big counter-demonstration.
Mexican protesters demonstrating in support of a group of students who went missing in September clash with police in the city of Chilpancingo.
Manchester City face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, with Chelsea against PSG and Arsenal playing Monaco.
Liberia begins treating Ebola patients with serum therapy - a treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors.
Judges rule that Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling's guidance on the granting of legal aid for immigration cases was "unlawful", following an appeal by the government.
A London banker who regularly travelled to work without buying a train ticket is banned from working in the financial services industry.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and another rebel group have taken control of a key military base in the northern province of Idlib, activists say.
Cab-ordering firm Uber is facing criticism again, this time for charging passengers far more during the cafe hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia.
Northern Ireland's environment minister acted unlawfully in approving a new GAA stadium in west Belfast, a High Court judge rules.
Blackburn, Leeds and Nottingham Forest are given transfer embargoes for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.