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The latest Snowden leak suggests US and UK cyberspies are taking advantage of Google's proprietary cookie technology to track suspects.
A charity which bought 24 sacred Native American masks at a Paris auction is to return them to the Hopi and Apache tribes in the US.
Police enforce strict ban on mobile phones at Mandela coffin
Time Magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying he had pulled "the papacy out the palace and into the streets".
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The UN is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a winter storm brings snow, high winds and freezing temperatures to the country.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection a "revenge porn" website which sought to extort victims.
Iran's envoy to the UK is to make his first visit to London this week, Home Secretary William Hague announces.
The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have catapulted life from Earth to Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa, researchers say.
Online retailer warns gamers to whom it accidentally sent copies of the PlayStation Vita that they may face legal action if they have not returned them.
A radioactive source, which had been stolen in Mexico last week, is secured by a remote-controlled robot from the field where it was dumped.
The US suspends all non-lethal assistance for the opposition in northern Syria after Islamist rebels seize bases belonging to the Free Syrian Army.
Australia's lack of Ashes-winning experience may affect the third Test, according to former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
The EU edges towards a common mechanism for rescuing problem banks, in a drive to avoid any more taxpayer-funded bailouts.
The increased cost of energy has helped make housing the most expensive part of the family budget, according to the ONS
Tests are to be carried out on human remains found in Russia to see if they could be crew members from a sunken trawler, Humberside Police say.
Deaf viewers of Nelson Mandela's memorial service complain that the official interpreter was "signing rubbish".
Thick fog in southern England is causing travel disruption, including more than 80 flight cancellations at London's Heathrow and City airports.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.
The French army confirms that it killed 19 people in a clash with suspected Islamists earlier this week in Mali.