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The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.
The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto.
The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago.
A man admits falling asleep at the wheel seconds before his car crashed into another, killing the driver.
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.
A gunman has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS after disrupting the main evening news, reportedly demanding airtime.
Eleven men are arrested on suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a multimillion-pound alcohol and VAT fraud.
A woman who admitted conspiring to commit wire fraud after being extradited to America is ordered to spend 18 days in home confinement.
Armed man disrupts Dutch national TV news broadcast, before being arrested, reports say.
Canada's Supreme Court says it will not hear the appeal of a Quebec man who missed a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot by seven seconds.
Scientist in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak have said they believe the virus could be mutating.
Several cars are left stuck in snow on the A470 in north Wales as snow closes roads amid hazardous driving conditions.
Mercedes' new W06 hybrid was given a brief 'shakedown' test at Silverstone by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains how developments in Germany and Denmark are hallmarks of strange times in the eurozone.
Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.
The Brussels-based branch of the medical charity MSF ends its operations in Sudan, saying its work had been made impossible by the authorities.
A painting bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.
Microsoft's founder says we should worry that AI escape our control, despite claims to the contrary by a Microsoft Research chief.
The reaction when 13 departments were sent the same FOI request
An abandoned micro-pig, thought to be an unwanted Christmas present, has a new home after an RSPCA appeal.