A French hostage held hostage by Islamist militants in Nigeria for nearly a year is free after reportedly escaping during a shoot-out.
The prime minister rejects a call from a leading expert on public health to lower the age of consent from 16 to 15.
Commonwealth leaders issue a statement at the end of a summit that makes no mention of alleged human rights abuses by host Sri Lanka.
The former Co-op Bank chairman apologises after a newspaper claims he bought and used illegal drugs shortly after appearing before a committee of MPs.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson secures the Race to Dubai after winning the final event of the season in Dubai by six strokes.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still unable to speak but uses facial expressions to communicate, his ex-wife Winnie tells a South African newspaper.
An elderly German, who kept hundreds of valuable art works confiscated by the Nazis hidden at his Munich home, tells German media they are legally his.
Renewed fighting breaks out between rival militias on the outskirts of Tripoli, a day after dozens of people die in clashes.
David Cameron launches an inquiry into "intimidatory" trade union tactics after the dispute that almost led to the closure of Scotland's Grangemouth oil refinery.
A Moscow testing lab for the Winter Olympics will have its Wada accreditation suspended unless it improves by 1 December.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is suspended by Cricket Australia for tampering with the pitch during a Sheffield Shield match.
Flooding and landslides in central Vietnam leave at least 28 people dead, nine missing and some 80,000 homeless after heavy rains.
The winning candidate in the delayed presidential run-off election in the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, is sworn in, raising hopes of political stability.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he believes it is possible for the Sri Lankan government to establish a war crimes inquiry before March 2014.
Thousands of survivors of a deadly storm attend church services in the Philippines, as international aid efforts begin to have a major impact.
Chile holds a presidential election on Sunday, with the Socialist candidate, Michelle Bachelet, the overwhelming favourite to win.
The annual Leon International Balloon Festival has taken place in Mexico.
Nine axe-wielding attackers and two policemen are killed in clashes at a police station in China's volatile Xinjiang province, state media say.
Tens of thousands of people have protested in Italy's southern city of Naples against illegal dumping of toxic waste blamed on the local mafia.
The housewives taking on militants in Kashmir