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Officials in Myanmar have said that a mortar shell that killed more than 20 ethnic rebel soldiers on Tuesday was meant as a warning shot.
Nathan Cleverly expects to hit the "repeat button" in his rematch with Tony Bellew in Liverpool on Saturday.
Gordon D'Arcy & Rory Best are picked for Ireland's Australia Test in the only changes from the win over South Africa.
Police in Japan have raided the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as details of six former partners' deaths emerge in local media.
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.
Rory McIlroy shares the first-round lead with Shane Lowry at six under in the World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Lewis Hamilton insists he is feeling no pressure ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
David Cameron says he is the only leader offering English votes for English laws, in heated exchanges at the Commons Liaison Committee.
Roger Federer will play in the Davis Cup final, which starts on Friday, for Switzerland after recovering from his back problem.
Sony Pictures drops a film based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to reports.
The number of sexually abused children in Pakistan has risen in the past year according to a report released this week, and local charities are calling from more efforts to protect vulnerable children .
At least two people were killed and many more injured when at least 70 vehicles we involved in a mass pile-up on a Chinese expressway.
US TV network NBC scraps a proposed Bill Cosby project after accusations that he sexually assaulted women resurfaced in recent weeks.
Around Mexico with families of missing students
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian's trip to India, where she was to appear on India's version of Big Brother, is cancelled, apparently over visa issues.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signs new contract extension to keep him at the club beyond his 39th birthday.
Royal Bank of Scotland is fined £56m by regulators after a 2012 software issue left millions of customers unable to access their accounts.
In the wake of uprisings in the Arab region since 2011, the street art movement has been gaining momentum employed as a means to address not only political issues, but also social problems in the society.
A renewed conscription drive in Eritrea has led to a sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing to Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency tells the BBC.