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Some teenagers appear to show changes in their brains after one season of playing American football, a small study suggests.
A New South Wales photographer has captured the moment a shark jumped out of the sea during a surfing competition, in close proximity to contestants.
The World Bank cuts its 2014 GDP growth projections for the three nations worst hit by Ebola, saying their economies continue to be crippled.
Changes to the way offenders are supervised in England and Wales may have contributed to two murders, says the probation officers' union.
John Sudworth reports from Hong Kong a day after violent clashes between police and pro-democracy activists.
Phil Rudd, the drummer of hard rock band AC/DC, pleads not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.
Two heavily pregnant refugees are taken into a detention centre in Darwin, ending a three-day standoff, Australia's immigration department says.
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US President Barack Obama has requested $263m (£167m) to improve police training, pay for body cameras and restore trust in policing.
Pope Francis didn't put a foot wrong in Turkey, says Caroline Wyatt, but there is much to be done to build relations with the Muslim majority.
The ablest pupils in English state schools need more help to reach their potential, says an education charity.
The public spending watchdog is warning about a lack of funding controls for overseas students at private colleges, with £5m paid to ineligible students.
Tunisia's version of the Muslim Brotherhood has steered the country towards stability, says Owen Bennett-Jones, but challenges remain.
Friends of two British tourists murdered in Thailand in September are being urged by the suspects' lawyer to come forward with information.
Forensic experts in Brazil fail to find traces of poison in the remains of former President Joao Goulart, who was deposed in a military coup in 1964.
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The mother of a young woman who died in hospital challenges the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman in the High Court.
Alan Johnston reports on life in the Syrian town of Kobane, following airstrikes targeting IS militants in the town.
Actor Andy Serkis says fans' reaction to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is "extraordinary."
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns US businesses that cyber hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks.