Sri Lanka's prime minister orders staff not to write letters in his name, after a heroin importation scam used a letter from his office.
Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt's Sinai to suffer torture and ransom demands, new research says.
George Osborne will announce a fresh round of spending cuts for Whitehall departments when he gives his Autumn Statement on Thursday.
Crowds of mourners in Lebanon turn out to bury Hassan Lakkis, a commander in the Shia militant group Hezbollah, killed at close range on Tuesday.
Protests sparked by the Ukrainian government's decision not to sign an association deal with the EU are continuing in the capital Kiev.
Three ex-presidents of Ukraine give their support to anti-government protesters angered by the failure to sign a major deal with the EU.
The Liberal Democrats accuse the Department for Education of "going rogue" by briefing against Nick Clegg over funding for new school kitchens.
Canada's military is soul searching after the suicides of up to four soldiers in just a week, raising questions over post-traumatic stress disorder.
Music streaming website Spotify responds to critics by revealing how much it pays in royalties, it says more than $1bn (£612m) since 2008.
Playing Nelson Mandela on the big screen has made Idris Elba more selective about his future roles, the actor tells the BBC.
France's parliament approves a bill that will impose a 1,500 euro ($2,030) fine on anyone paying for sex.
The BBC's Jonathan Head speaks to the mother of a soldier killed during violent protests in Thailand.
The EU reveals plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders and do more to help asylum-seekers, two months after the Lampedusa boat tragedy.
British cook Nigella Lawson has admitted taking cocaine but denies being an addict, while giving evidence in court.
Races in New Jersey, Mexico and Korea will not feature in the 2014 Formula 1 season despite being listed as provisional.
The BBC's Victorian crime drama Ripper Street is not returning for a third series after suffering falling ratings, the broadcaster confirms.
Authorities are about to release emergency dispatch recordings of last year's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 26 people dead.
U.N. nuclear experts on Wednesday praised Japan for making progress on shutting down the crippled Fukushima plant, but warned the situation there remained "very complex". (Japan Today)
The US trade gap narrowed in October as oil exports hit a record high, the Commerce Department says.
Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holdings is investing in the US upscale apparel brand Barneys New York. (NHK)