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Cross-party talks aimed at resolving difficulties among the five parties in the devolved Stormont government are due to resume later.
Finishing fourth in the league, qualifying from the Champions League, a good run in the cups - is this enough for a club like Arsenal?
Two days after campaigning begins for Japan's snap election, polls show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on course for a convincing win.
More than 50 countries are meeting for a conference in London intended to boost Afghanistan's prospects after foreign combat forces withdraw.
Public spending is set to fall to levels not seen since the 1930s, forecasters are predicting following the chancellor's Autumn Statement.
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.
The Australian opposition says the government is using asylum seekers as political pawns in a bid to pass a controversial refugee law.
The remains of a lion-hunter turned Jewish volunteer commander are to be reburied after a ceremony in Israel.
President Vladimir Putin is expected to focus on Russia's economy when he delivers his annual state of the nation address to parliament later.
The American comedian Bill Cosby has been urged to waive his rights under the statute of limitations, so the courts can hear new allegations of sexual assault.
Militants have killed at least three traffic police officers in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Russian security officials say.
The US justice department is to probe the death of a black man after a New York grand jury cleared the white officer who put him into a chokehold.
To win his European battle Mr Cameron will have to plunge his hand in a thicket of thorns, says Mark Mardell.
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