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The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon....
The video was posted to a Facebook page called My Stealthy Freedom showing Iranian women defying the country's strict laws on female dress....
Following a decision by OPEC ministers not to cut production, crude prices had fallen to a four-year low before rebounding slightly....

World

BBC
Carlos Sainz Jr, the son of the two-time former world rally champion of the same name, joins Toro Rosso for the 2015 F1 season....
The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just been released and is already being dissected by fans and trending on social media....
Dozens are killed and many more hurt in a bomb and gun attack during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in Nigeria's city of Kano....
Smokers in China's capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being introduced by the Beijing government....
Black Friday is less intense this year in the US after many stores opened earlier on Thursday....

Europe

BBC
David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants, saying he will "rule nothing out" if they fail....
Provides an overview of Russia, including key events and facts about this major world power...
Provides an overview of Ukraine, including key events and facts about Europe's second biggest country...
Pope Francis calls for all faiths to enter a dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism, at the start of a key visit to Turkey....
French President Francois Hollande visits Guinea on the first trip by a Western leader to a country at the centre of the West African Ebola outbreak....

Canada

CBC
In vitro fertilization will no longer be covered by the public health insurance plan, if a bill tabled by Quebec Health Minister Gaét...
Scientists are warning that the "iconic" horses of remote Sable Island face tough challenges that could wipe them out. The report, obt...
Babies 'R' Us is apologizing after a West Island woman was told to take her breastfeeding elsewhere while shopping in a Babies 'R' Us ...
The jury in the "murder for lobster" trial in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., has begun deliberations....
Canada's gross domestic product expanded at a 2.8 per cent annual pace in the past three months, Statistics Canada said today, much be...

Australia-Pacific

ABC
Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australia...
Sri Lanka's police arrest 37 nationals who were turned back by Australian authorities on the high seas after attempting to seek asylum...
The Greens say a leaked review into efficiency at the ABC and SBS shows there is no way that cuts of the scale imposed by the Government could have be...

Middle East

BBC
Pope Francis calls for all faiths to enter a dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism, at the start of a key visit to Turkey....
At least two demonstrators die in Egypt as Islamist anti-government protesters clash with police in Cairo....
US state department wages digital war on Islamic State...
After days of heavy rain, the UN declares a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war....
An online video which appears to show an Iranian woman defying Iran's strict laws by dancing publicly on the Tehran metro has gone viral....

Asia-Pacific

BBC
Smokers in China's capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being introduced by the Beijing government....
Provides an overview of Japan, including key events and facts about this earthquake-prone country on the western rim of the Pacific....
India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter....
Japan's biggest paper retracts use of the term "sex slaves" for women who worked in World War Two army brothels in a controversial move....
Provides an overview of Thailand, including key events and facts....

South-Asia

BBC
Smokers in China's capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being introduced by the Beijing government....
Provides an overview of Japan, including key events and facts about this earthquake-prone country on the western rim of the Pacific....
India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter....
Japan's biggest paper retracts use of the term "sex slaves" for women who worked in World War Two army brothels in a controversial move....
Provides an overview of Thailand, including key events and facts....

Business

BBC
Black Friday is less intense this year in the US after many stores opened earlier on Thursday....
Energy stocks on Wall Street come under pressure following Opec's decision to maintain production levels....
India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter....
Crude oil prices hit a four-year low in the wake of the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output....
Immigration and London's economy...
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