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The southern Indian state of Kerala has said it will ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the problem of excessive drinking.
The US Secret Service says it has launched a comprehensive review of security at the White House after two attempted breaches in 24 hours.
The body of a British woman missing since a hurricane hit the Mexican coast last weekend has been found, state prosecutors say.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will take part in a protest march this weekend to highlight global inaction on climate change.
A two-week-old ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists in the east is a truce "in name only", says Nato top commander Philip Breedlove.
Detroit cuts off water to non-payers of bills
Racism, spankings and an American legacy
Scotland's first minister says "No" voters in last week's independence referendum were "tricked" by UK politicians' late vow of more devolved powers.
How Haitians overcame the 'yuk' factor
Half the Scottish cabinet are publicly backing Alex Salmond's deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, to replace him as SNP leader and first minister.
How Ebola has prevented the traditional Liberian handshake
In most places you need to pass a test to get a driving licence - for now Mexico City is an exception.
Aziza Brahim, a singer from the disputed territory of Western Sahara, uses haunting melodies to draw attention to the plight of her people.
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A pair of three-week-old cheetah cubs are unveiled at San Diego Zoo's Safari Park.
Turkey says at least 66,000 Syrians have crossed the border in 24 hours, as the UN warns hundreds of thousands more may flee an Islamic State advance.
A suicide blast has targeted a checkpoint manned by the Shia Hezbollah group in eastern Lebanon, killing three people, state media says.