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      'New chapter' in US-Cuba ties

      The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties in a major shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.

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      Sharif vow to end Pakistan terrorism

      Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.

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      Fifa investigator Garcia resigns

      Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.

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      UK army murder claims 'were lies'

      Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.

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      Car smoke ban 'to start in October'

      Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.

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      Rules for babies 'from three people'

      The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.

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      Russia plans new action over rouble

      Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.

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      UK sees pick-up in wage growth

      Wage growth picked up in the three months to October and outstripped the rise in the cost of living, while unemployment fell again, official figures show.

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      Church appoints first female bishop

      The first female bishop for the Church of England has been announced as vicar Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after the historic change to canon law.

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      Straw 'never complicit' in torture

      Jack Straw says he is happy to appear before an inquiry looking at the treatment of detainees by UK intelligence agencies.

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      Source: BBC International