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Voters in New Zealand begin voting after what is being called the dirtiest campaign in the nation's history.
Uefa president Michel Platini insists he will not return a watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran has a role to play in the fight against Islamic State despite not being part of the US-led coalition.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he 'got it wrong' in dealing with issues of domestic violence that have plagued the league over the past weeks.
Alibaba's shares open well above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant.
A wildfire in California has doubled in size in just 12 hours, forcing thousands to leave their homes. Kaitlin Lewis of KFBK Radio News is in Sacramento near the site of the fire.
South Sudan's decision to order foreign workers to leave, reversed a day later, has rattled investors and neighbours.
Sarkozy II: Urgency, passion, devotion - plus self-awareness?
Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.
Artist Rose Wylie wins the John Moores Painting Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious art awards, at the age of 80.
Actors, athletes and musicians join the White House in a public drive to prevent sexual assault on US university campuses.
David Cameron and Ed Miliband are at odds over plans for English MPs to be given power over England-only issues.
The Spanish government in Madrid says a referendum in Catalonia would be illegal under the national constitution.
Restructuring at the Phones 4U head office is resulting in 628 redundancies, but 887 jobs in stores will be preserved.
Defence ministers from Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania sign an act to form a new joint military unit of several thousand soldiers.
The Queen says she believes Scotland will unite in a "spirit of mutual respect and support" following the independence referendum.
Mexican police find the body of Aquiles Gomez, who was believed to be one of the top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel.
Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull could upset the Mercedes title battle in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal says a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo is possible but doubts Real Madrid will sell the forward.
A Muslim academic opens a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and criticism from parts of the Muslim community.