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Syria's largest Kurdish party announces plans to form an transitional administration to run Kurdish-majority areas in the northeast.
A committee of architects declares New York City's newly erected One World Trade Center the tallest building in the US at 1,776ft (541m).
West Indies great Brian Lara believes India's Sachin Tendulkar should be remembered as the greatest cricketer in history.
A television appeal is made by a group of leading UK aid charities after the devastating Philippines typhoon.
The Professional Footballers' Association is to discuss proposals calling for European teams to use more homegrown players.
Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should honour his pledge to let people keep their medical coverage, even if it means changing the health law.
Two US sailors kidnapped in October from an oil supply ship off Nigeria's coast have been released, the state department says.
The Colombian government says the country's largest rebel group had a plan to assassinate former president Alvaro Uribe, an outspoken critic of the peace process.
Somalia's government declares the region of Puntland hit by a cyclone a disaster area, amid unconfirmed reports that about 300 people have died.
A ban on slaughtering animals anywhere except at a central abattoir comes into force in the Somali capital as part of moves to improve hygiene.
At least 28 people are arrested in Nepal following a day of opposition-led protests against elections, Home Minister Madhav Ghimire tells the BBC.
Fifa will use an accredited laboratory in Switzerland to analyse blood and urine samples from the World Cup in Brazil.
There have been fierce clashes on the outskirts of Syria's capital, Damascus, as government forces continue their offensive on opposition-held areas.
Police in New York say three Iranian musicians - including two members of a rock band called Yellow Dogs - have been shot by another musician who then turned the gun on himself.
The European Court of Human Rights faults Sweden in a privacy case involving a woman whose stepfather tried to film her naked when she was 14.
American Airlines and US Airways settle an anti-trust suit, paving the way for a merger which would create the world's biggest airline.
DR Congo refuses to sign a deal with the rebels it defeated last week, in a row over the title of the document, the information minister tells the BBC.
Egypt's state of emergency and night-time curfew - in place since 14 August - are being lifted, the army-backed government says.
A man in Singapore with the eye-catching name, Batman bin Suparman, has been jailed on theft and drugs charges - as BBC Trending reports, his name has made him something of a social media star.