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Peter Baker 4:48 PM The United States is weighing up how it should react to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, an official says, while Sony executives apparently thought the offending film was "desperately unfunny".
Mike Dorning 4:22 PM President Barack Obama's Democrat party might have been dealt a drubbing in the mid-term elections but he has asserted the power of his office to bulldoze through the wish list from his 2008 campaign.
Rachel Feltman 4:03 PM Derby the dog is an advertisement for the astonishing versatility of 3-D printing.
3:47 PM An unexploded 250-kilogram World War II bomb has triggered a mass evacuation in Germany.
Lindsay Murdoch 3:12 PM A Sydney grandmother facing the death penalty in Malaysia covered her face in a blue veil as she made her first court appearance in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
3:01 PM US air strikes have killed several Islamic State group leaders in northern Iraq, a US general says.
Brigitte Dusseau 12:39 PM Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who with his late brother is alleged to have planted bombs near the Boston Marathon last year, appears in court.
Salman Masood 12:36 PM Following hard on the heels of this week's devastating terror attack on an army school in Pakistan's north, a Pakistani court has granted bail to a key terror suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, infuriating India and raising eyebrows around the world.
'Not as skinny as Obama, like Putin is OK.' China censors schoolboy's suggestion that Xi lose weight
Simon Denyer 12:36 PM Chinese censors have blocked a child's light-hearted suggestion that President Xi Jinping could shed a few kilos.
Tom Hussain 11:59 AM Pakistan's government has fast-tracked warrants of execution for convicted terrorists, moving swiftly on its promise to crack down on militants after a Taliban massacre of 132 schoolchildren.
10:28 AM The United States won't back a Palestinian draft resolution to the United Nations that sets conditions for a peace deal with Israel.
Matthew Schofield 10:25 AM Russia's economic crisis in which oil prices have sunk and the rouble has nearly halved in value will pass, President Vladimir Putin says.
10:21 AM A Canadian woman who stopped her car on a highway to rescue ducklings, a decision that caused the deaths of two people, has been sentenced to three months' jail.
Kevin Johnson 10:13 AM The number of people executed in the United States this year was the lowest in 20 years, a report says.
Nicola Harley 8:53 AM A homeless man who offered a woman his last pennies to get home when she lost her purse is "overwhelmed" after she raised more than £29,000 ($56,000) to help him.
Tim Cocks 7:05 AM Boko Haram gunmen are believed to have kidnapped 185 women and children in a raid on a remote north-east Nigerian village.
Chris Zappone 6:42 AM As Russia’s propaganda machine jolts back to life, flooding the Western world with curated hoo-hah, a popular notion in Russia is that these days everything is PR - the same cynical idea can be described as a symptom of the post-Great Recession West.
Jeffrey Collins 5:10 AM More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.
Rick Noack 4:32 AM In time for Christmas, Denmark has claimed Santa Claus's home - the North Pole. Although it might seem like a joke, Denmark's wish to expand its influence in the Arctic is part of a serious geopolitical struggle: Canada and Russia also claim the spot.
3:36 AM Kansas City, Missouri: A Missouri school district has apologised to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.
Ian Timberlake 1:50 AM Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output because of competitive pressure despite plunging prices, the kingdom's oil minister said on Thursday.