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Algeria's former counter-terrorism chief is sentenced to five years in prison for destroying documents and disobeying military orders.
A growing controversy over a Singapore concert starring gay singer Adam Lambert has highlighted the widening cultural divide in the strait-laced city-state, says the BBC's Tessa Wong.
Israel is to open its first diplomatic mission in the UAE, Israel says, despite the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Ravichandran Ashwin takes 7-66 as India beat South Africa by 124 runs to win the third Test for an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Gemma Arterton is to take the role of Nell Gwynn when the critically acclaimed play transfers to London's West End.
The Pope has been greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at a youth rally at Nairobi's Kasarani Stadium, his last public event in Kenya before travelling to Uganda, as Anne Soy reports.
Leaders Leicester are serious Premier League title contenders, according to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.
The so-called Islamic State group claims it was behind an attack on a Shia mosque in Bangladesh which killed at least one person and injured three.
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's martial arts drama The Assassin is named the best film of 2015 in Sight & Sound magazine's poll of 168 critics.
At a memorial service in Paris, President Francois Hollande pays tribute to the victims of the gun and bomb attacks in the city two weeks ago.
Footballer Mathieu Valbuena speaks publicly for the first time about an alleged sex tape blackmail plot involving France teammate Karim Benzema.
Four schoolboys in the western Indian city of Mumbai are arrested for gang-raping their classmate, police say.
Lewis Hamilton pips Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to fastest time in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
A Polish legal move to extradite film director Roman Polanski - wanted in the US over a child sex case - is dropped.
Italian police in the northern port city of Trieste seize nearly 800 shotguns en route from Turkey to Belgium.
A week on from the Radisson Blu hotel attack in Bamako, Mali's officials are looking at how best to counter terrorism, says Thomas Fessy.
France is holding a national memorial service to remember the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks two weeks ago.
China's Shanghai Composite share index closes down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announce they are under investigation.
Pope Francis criticises private developers for grabbing land from poor people during his visit to Kangemi, a slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
Canada's Miss World contender says she was barred from boarding a plane from Hong Kong to the China city hosting this year's pageant.