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New pensioner bonds are to carry market-leading interest rates, the government announces, with the products due to be launched in January.
A cat from Vladivostok sneaked into a display of fish at a shop in Vladivostok International Airport.
All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol says.
A time capsule dating back 200 years to 1795 has been recovered from the granite cornerstone of the statehouse in Massachusetts.
Former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson admits conspiring to hack phones at an Old Bailey hearing.
Swiss politicians pass a law that aims to strengthen the oversight of some 60 sports bodies based there, including Fifa and the International Olympic Committee.
Press Association photographer Jonathan Brady explains the story behind his photographs of the US royal tour.
A new housing development has been built in Johannesburg, South Africa, using shipping containers and disused grain silos.
Landing on a comet, laser fusion and a working tractor beam are among the physics breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by a leading magazine.
Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as manager of Scottish Championship side Rangers.
The tech giant says it "remains committed" to Russia but has confirmed that it will be removing its engineering office staff.
A restaurant in China gives discounts to overweight men, but women are rewarded for weighing less.
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Facebook is thinking about adding a way to "dislike" posts on its site, founder Mark Zuckerberg says at a Q&A.
Belgium holds a state funeral for the dowager Queen Fabiola, the widow of the late King Baudouin, who died last week at the age of 89.
Police in India are investigating claims that a Bangalore business executive is behind an influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account.
Far-right arsonists are believed to have caused fires which damaged three buildings earmarked for asylum seekers in southern Germany.
The price of Brent crude falls on a report from the International Energy Agency which forecasts weaker demand in 2015.
Carrie Gracie assesses the dwindling Hong Kong protests
Surfer Garrett MacNamara has tried to repeat his performance of 2011 when he surfed the world's biggest wave at 30 meters high.