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South Africa's parliament is to meet to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as world leaders prepare for Tuesday's memorial service.
Seventy opposition activists, including nine former MPs, are acquitted of storming the parliament building in the Gulf state of Kuwait two years ago.
Eight leading technology firms including Google and Facebook call for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.
Police in Singapore arrest 27 South Asian suspects after hundreds of foreign workers take part in a riot sparked by the death of an Indian man.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election, after sustained protests in Bangkok.
North Korea confirms that Chang Song-thaek, the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, has been dismissed, accusing him of corruption and criminality.
A 'Community Shop' in Barnsley has started selling heavily discounted items donated by some of the big supermarkets to people on certain welfare benefits.
Some patients are facing long waits in ambulances outside A&E departments, with one case involving a delay of more than six hours, figures show.
Far away from any light pollution, the night sky above Northumberland offers star gazers a spectacular view, and now it is become the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe.
The way the government has gone about implementing a central pillar of its changes to the welfare system will be examined by MPs later.
The first funerals for the Clutha bar customers who died in the Glasgow helicopter crash are due to take place.
A drug which is being trialled by doctors in Cardiff could give new hope to patients with the most common adult leukaemia.
Some of the year's cinematic highlights - from the touching story of Philomena to the graphic scenes in Filth - have been honoured at the British Independent Film Awards in London.
Companies selling the UK government's flagship energy-saving scheme in Wales could be breaking the law, a BBC investigation finds.
US diplomat Dr Richard Haass is due to return to Northern Ireland to continue chairing talks about flags, parades and past.
The health minister is expected to announce his plans for the future of children's heart surgery in Belfast to the assembly.
The night sky above the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park is granted special protection.
The mystery of one of the strangest landscape features on the planet - Mima mounds - is solved, scientists say.
Venezuela's governing United Socialist Party wins the greatest share of the vote in Sunday's local elections, the National Electoral Council says.
The London-based Inmarsat company launches the first spacecraft in a new £1bn global telecommunications network.