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Arsenal and Liverpool target AC Milan striker, QPR want to sign England man, Roberto Soldado apologises, plus more.
President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.
Zoo keepers from around the world are due to meet next month to discuss ways to save the endangered northern white rhino.
Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.
The UN General Assembly approves a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon millions of dollars in compensation for an oil spill.
Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
The mother of seven of the children found dead in a home in the Australian city of Cairns, has been arrested on suspicion of murder although she has not been charged.
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
A FBI sting operation has led to the recovery of stolen artwork worth about $12m (£7.7m) including paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.
How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice
Kashmir's widows carry the scars of conflict
Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison.
President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".
Arjen Robben's last-minute winner ensures German leaders Bayern Munich end a successful 2014 with a dramatic win at Mainz.
US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal announces his retirement from football.
Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.