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Gunmen in Afghanistan have killed a senior female official in the western city of Herat, police say.
David Cameron says "life should mean life", as the government considers US-style sentences totalling hundreds of years for serious offenders.
The commander of government troops fighting Ugandan Islamist rebels in eastern DR Congo has been killed in an ambush, a spokesman says.
Hordes of customers brave bitter cold as the world's first state-licensed marijuana industry opens for business in the US state of Colorado.
TV cook Nigella Lawson discusses the recent court case in which she was depicted as a serial cocaine abuser in her first TV interview since the verdict.
South Sudan's leaders have failed to live up to independence hopes
Exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya was apparently murdered in South Africa, police say.
Department store chain John Lewis reports strong sales over the Christmas period, but rival Debenhams says its chief financial officer has resigned.
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is appointed Cardiff City's new manager, replacing Malky Mackay.
Centre Jonathan Davies will not return to action until early March, ruling him out of the most of Wales' Six Nations campaign.