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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou says he will resign as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections.
The Scottish Health Survey shows that although adult levels of obesity have stabilised, almost a third of children are at risk.
Britain's Chris Froome says he will compete in next year's Tour de France and will try to replicate his 2013 triumph.
Do footballers and music really mix? Meet the winner of Sweden's Pop Idol now set for a top-flight career.
Patient care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary faces a "serious impact" if problems are not "urgently addressed", a report says.
The Russian government warns the economy will fall into recession next year as Western sanctions over Ukraine and falling oil prices begin to bite.
The US attorney general announces plans to help end racial profiling by police after the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.
The Scottish SPCA appeals to find the owner of a stray snake which was mistaken for a loom band in Aberdeen.
Poland will not accept David Cameron's proposal to clampdown on EU migrants claiming benefits for four years, its deputy foreign minister says.
The media boss who ignored her careers adviser
A man has had a lucky escape from the Des Moines river in the US state of Iowa, after he was spotted clinging to ice by city workers.
What is said to be the largest floating Christmas tree in the world has been unveiled in Rio de Janeiro.
A Bangladesh court finds a British man guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll from the 1971 war of independence.
A Pembrokeshire hospital says it will make changes to the way it works in order to maintain its 24-hour A&E service.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation serves the operators of the Dounreay nuclear power complex with an improvement notice following a fire.
A poll suggests that a growing number of schools are taking artistic licence with the tale of Jesus' birth.
Mobile phone use by women is frowned on in some rural areas of India, but phone companies and women are fighting back, as David Reid reports.
What's the difference between SAD and ordinary winter blues?
A 24-hour curfew is imposed in the northern Nigerian city of Damaturu, a day after it was attacked by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Two police officers are run over by a suspected car thief in Wolverhampton.