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Music streaming website Spotify responds to critics by revealing how much it pays in royalties, it says more than $1bn (£612m) since 2008.
France's parliament approves a bill that will impose a fine of at least 1,500 euros ($2,030) on anyone paying for sex.
Playing Nelson Mandela on the big screen has made Idris Elba more selective about his future roles, the actor tells the BBC.
The EU reveals plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders and do more to help asylum-seekers, two months after the Lampedusa boat tragedy.
British cook Nigella Lawson has admitted taking cocaine but denies being an addict, while giving evidence in court.
Races in New Jersey, Mexico and Korea will not feature in the 2014 Formula 1 season despite being listed as provisional.
The BBC's Victorian crime drama Ripper Street is not returning for a third series after suffering falling ratings, the broadcaster confirms.
Authorities are about to release emergency dispatch recordings of last year's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 26 people dead.
A security researcher says he has found a way to hijack a popular brand of drones by launching a Raspberry Pi-equipped aircraft of his own.
Cashing in on Paul Walker's death online
The US trade gap narrowed in October as oil exports hit a record high, the Commerce Department says.
A Christian militia is suspected to have killed 12 people, including children, and wounded 30 others in an attack on Monday in the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say.
The world's biggest vessel takes to the water for the first time in South Korea.
A train driver says he was experiencing "highway hypnosis" just prior to the derailment in which four people were killed last week in New York. So what is it?
Forest officials in the southern Indian state of Karnataka are searching for a tiger which they say has killed three villagers in the past week.
A 28-year-old woman has begun a legal bid to prevent her dead husband's frozen sperm from being destroyed.
At least 10 killed in rocket attack on government-held areas in Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say
A 20-year-old man is killed in the central Argentine city of Cordoba as groups of people take advantage of a police strike to loot shops.
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Trainer Gerard Butler is disqualified for five years by the British Horseracing Authority after doping inquiry.