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The star of reality show Duck Dynasty is facing criticism after a speech that included a graphic story about a atheist family being raped and killed.
Ebola is more deadly for young children than adults, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests.
The main US share indexes all fell on Wednesday, with the technology-focused Nasdaq sustaining the heaviest losses.
Australia's Norfolk Island faces losing independence, but not without a fight
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years before a controversial prisoner swap, is to be charged with desertion.
Nigeria's government denies that militant Islamists abducted 500 children from a trading town in the north-east, saying the number is lower.
Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.
A former undercover police officer has told BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.
Zayn Malik has left One Direction, the band says in a statement on their Facebook page.
Germany agrees to return a masterpiece by Henri Matisse, looted by the Nazis, to the family of its original Jewish owner.
French investigators say the cockpit voice recorder of Germanwings 4U 9525 has usable data, but it has so far yielded no clues to the crash.
Tributes to singer Lil' Chris have brought "a lot of happiness" to his family, his sister says.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is ordered to serve the rest of his jail term in the UK, after losing a request to be transferred to Rwanda.
A Russian toy shop based near the former Soviet secret police HQ issues adverts featuring mock interrogations.
The record-breaking endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh discusses the possibility of an Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve with the Russians.
Ford announces it is to start selling cars that restrict their speed to the limits shown on the road signs they pass.
The BBC drops Jeremy Clarkson as presenter of Top Gear, the highly successful TV programme, after a physical alternation with a producer.
Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul accuses Red Bull's Adrian Newey of lying after he blamed the car's problems on the engine.
Nigeria orders the closure of land and sea borders to prevent foreigners from voting in Saturday's tightly contested elections, a minister says.
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