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Jacques Kallis hits an unbeaten 78 in his final Test match as South Africa reach 299-5 against India in Durban.
A British soldier killed in Afghanistan two days before Christmas is named as Captain Richard Holloway, 29, of The Royal Engineers.
The main Shia opposition movement in Bahrain, al-Wefaq, says its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been arrested.
Iraqi forces have arrested an MP, killing his brother and five of his guards who had opened fire on the officers, police say.
Mountainous beats Hawkes Bay and Tidal Bay in a tight three-way finish to win the Welsh National at Chepstow.
A British woman and her eight-year-old daughter are among several people who have suffered burns after an explosion at a poolside bar on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife.
At least 26 people, including two children, die after a fire breaks out on a train in Andhra Pradesh, India - with many trapped inside the inferno.
At least 26 people, including two children, have died after a fire broke out on a train in southern India, media reports say.
The offer of a truce between government forces and rebels is "genuine", the country's vice president has said.
West Ham remain in the bottom three after failing to hold onto the lead against fellow strugglers West Brom.
A Syrian government airstrike on a crowded market in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 20 people, activists say.
At least 59 inmates have been killed in a single northern Brazilian prison this year, according to a judicial report detailing torture and sexual violence.
More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, according to state media.