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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.
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.
Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.
Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.
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.
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.
Source: BBC International