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Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.
Tanzania's prime minister is under parliamentary pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120m (£76m) to an energy firm.
Two Indian teenagers found hanged in May took their own lives, investigators say, contradicting reports they were gang-raped and murdered.
Some Hong Kong council members flee their regular smoking area, after being insulted by protesters.
US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.
Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy tells MPs that most politicians are not corrupt, a day after his health minister stepped down over a kick-back scandal.
A landmark vote at the European Parliament has called for Google's search business to be separated from its other businesses.
Proposals for English MPs to vote on English laws are to be brought in before Christmas, David Cameron says.
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A Thai protester says the military government has reacted aggressively to their use of the salute featured in the Hunger Games films.
Well-known Australians and cricket figures pay tribute to Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being hit by a ball.
After two days of unrest, the streets of Ferguson in Missouri were mostly quiet on Wednesday night, as Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.
A Japanese reporter denies defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye, at the start of a trial criticised by Japan and local journalists.
Europe's governments told to get out of news business
A match between a Cricket Australia XI and India is cancelled after the death of Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio host Jian Ghomeshi appeared in court to face sexual assault charges.
Hundreds of Israeli Arabs stamp their Facebook pictures with "second class citizen" to protest at a proposed law.
A 24-hour general strike over austerity measures shuts schools and public offices in Greece and heavily disrupted transport.
The injury that claimed the life of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has been described as "incredibly rare".