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Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to be paired with Didier Drogba's Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16.
Argentinean demonstrators confronted police after a wave of looting spread through several provinces.
Sign language experts and deaf viewers complain that the interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was a "fake" who was "signing rubbish".
Police in Ukraine have abandoned attempts to clear anti-government protesters from the capital Kiev.
Slightly over a year after its stock market debut, social networking site Facebook joins the S&P 500 index, which is made up of many of the world's largest firms.
How the Pope has turned round the image of the Catholic Church
A lavish opening ceremony for the South East Asian Games has taken place in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Arsenal qualify for the Champions League knockout stages as Group F runners-up despite losing 2-0 at Napoli.
Chelsea top Champions League Group E as Demba Ba scores the only goal in a comfortable win over Steaua Bucharest.
Royal Bank of Scotland is fined $100m by US regulators for violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, Burma, and Cuba.
The parents of a dead US marine whose body was returned from Greece missing its heart sue the US Department of Defense and the Greek government.
Celtic equal their heaviest European defeat in their Group H loss to Barcelona as forward Neymar hits a hat-trick.
The UN children's charity, Unicef, says 230m children worldwide have not had their births registered, making them vulnerable to neglect or abuse.
The US and UK suspend "non-lethal assistance" to rebels in northern Syria - but not humanitarian aid - after an Islamist alliance seizes FSA bases.
Mexico's Senate approves a measure to open the state-run oil fields to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years.
Two cases of pneumonic plague, more deadly than the bubonic plague, have been reported in Madagascar, a health official tells the BBC.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps along the Syria-Lebanon border are being forced to improvise to survive harsh winter conditions without aid.
Women fighting back against revenge porn websites
A session of the Georgian parliament has descended into a brawl over a resolution to support Ukraine's opposition movement.