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The victory by Shinzo Abe's coalition in Japan's election failed to boost the market, with investors focusing more on a disappointing Tankan business survey.
Rival Libyan troops clash over control of two of the country's main oil terminals for a second day, leading to their closure.
A nationwide strike in Belgium has brought air, rail and road transport to a halt and forced many businesses to close.
An independent inquiry is to be set up to investigate the air traffic control computer failure which disrupted flights at UK airports last week.
A new system of lifts is being proposed that operate without cables.
Steve Smith chosen to replace injured Michael Clarke as Australia captain for the rest of the Test series against India.
A leaked document instructs Labour MPs not to campaign on immigration because it risks undermining support for the party.
Hundreds of armed police seal off an area of central Sydney where at least one gunman is holding staff and customers hostage in a cafe.
Armed police seal off an area around a cafe
Hong Kong police arrest several people as they clear the last remaining pro-democracy protest site at Causeway Bay.
Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state say they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.
Public safety is at risk unless radical measures are taken to deal with funding cuts within police forces, Britain's most senior policeman warns.
Dr John Swenson-Wright of Chatham House takes a closer look at the election victory of Japan's ruling coalition.
Uruguay can't decide what to do with its Nazi eagle
Hundreds of Brazilian police officers and their relatives protest in Rio de Janeiro to demand tougher legislation for crimes against the police.
What chance of peace after a year of South Sudan conflict?
Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack ice in the Arctic to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.
Three prisoners who escaped from the US island prison Alcatraz in 1962 may have made it to land alive, a new study suggests.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is due to be questioned by MPs about why the UK's national air traffic control centre went down last week.
A quarterly survey has found that more than one third of Australians rate the country's economy as "poor", up from 25% in September