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The Korean Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2015 calendar, reducing the season to 20 races.
A man found dead in Kenya over the weekend was a key witness for Deputy President William Ruto at his trial in The Hague, his lawyer says.
A female suicide bomber blows herself up in the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing one police officer and injuring another, officials say.
Physical and emotional scars of injured Syrian girls begin to heal
A Dutch journalist, Frederike Geerdink, is detained briefly by Turkish police over her alleged support for Kurdish rebels.
Actor Jonathan Pryce is to play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice as part of the 2015 summer season at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
Sackings but no cabinet as Ghani makes his mark
South Africa's Catholic Church welcomes a $40,000 donation from the president to help translate the Bible directly from Hebrew and Greek into isiZulu.
Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Kobane, northern Syria, have seized a key district and now control 80% of the town, activists say.
Manchester City are in advanced talks with Swansea over signing striker Wilfried Bony, BBC Wales Sport learns.
MP Mark Pritchard urges a review of the law on anonymity for people accused of rape after police drop an inquiry into allegations against him.
Politicians and celebrities in Germany join a campaign against Pegida, a group protesting against what it sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe.
An Israeli military court sentences a Palestinian man to three life terms for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
Australia records its third-warmest calendar year since national records began in 1910.
The search area in the hunt for AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been expanded as efforts to locate the black box flight recorders continue.
Police in Bangladesh arrest the deputy leader of the main opposition party as tensions rise over its calls for nationwide protests and blockades.
Former FA chairman David Bernstein has backed Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's bid to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.
A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will not be allowed to have doctors end his life, the justice minister says.
Sting's Broadway musical Last Ship is to close on 24 January, despite New York theatres recording a record-breaking year.
At least 23 Iraqi troops and pro-government fighters are killed in clashes with militants in the western province of Anbar, officials say.