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Gunmen burst into a brothel in eastern Baghdad, killing seven women and five men, in the latest violence in a week of bloodshed in Iraq.
Roberto Martinez will make a decision on his future at Wigan in the next 24 hours after holding talks with Dave Whelan.
Andrew Harding assesses South Africa's changing economy
Manuel Pellegrini paves the way for a move to manage Manchester City after confirming he will leave Spanish club Malaga.
EU push against tax fraud gains momentum, says Gavin Hewitt
Mohammed Morsi calls for the people of Sinai to give up their arms after seven members of the Egyptian security forces abducted in the region are freed.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy are named in connection with post-election violence in a long-awaited report investigating human rights abuses.
Batsman David Warner is fined for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour over abusive Twitter posts.
An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot announces a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.
Iran's President Ahmadinejad says he will contest the disqualification of his ally Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from next month's presidential poll.
Police killer Dale Cregan admits the murders of a father and son in Greater Manchester.
It is confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will return as a judge in 2013.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says a suicide in Notre-Dame Cathedral was "political", in a remark condemned by the ruling party.
A 61-year-old man is charged with the murder of four soldiers in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park, the Crown Prosecution Service says.
At least 10 people die and 70 are wounded in four days of Syria-linked sectarian violence in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Up to 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside British troops are set to be given the right to live in the UK, in an apparent climbdown by ministers.
Venezuela's National Assembly backs plans to import 39 million rolls of toilet paper, in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage.
Sony says it will consider a proposal from one of its biggest shareholders that it should spin off up to 20% of its entertainment business.
A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with annotations and drawings by JK Rowling sells for a record £150,000.
Is the English language conquering France?