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Ukraine holds parliamentary election

A member of a district electoral commission prepares booths at a polling station in Kiev.

Ukraine is holding its first parliamentary election since the former Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in February and replaced by a pro-Western government.

US states impose Ebola quarantines

Police officers in front of Bellevue Hospital where Dr Craig Spencer, who was diagnosed with Ebola, remains in quarantine.

The US state of Illinois has joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa.

Canada intelligence-sharing curbed by court ruling

A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial during a ceremony there last week.

Canada says it did not share some intelligence with the United States about two men who mounted fatal attacks on soldiers because of a court ruling limiting the transfer of personal data.

Concern over medicine price increases

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Australian doctors want assurances the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement will not push up the price of medicines. NZ's Trade Minister Tim Groser is attending TPP talks in Sydney.

Egypt 'fighting a war of existence'

Coffins are carried in the funeral for 30 solders killed in the latest outbreak of violence in the Sinai Peninsula.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has described Egypt as locked in a battle with jihadists for its existence after the deaths of 31 soldiers yesterday in Sinai.

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

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The bassist from the 1960s band Cream, Jack Bruce has died aged 71. Cream is now considered one of the most important bands in rock history and sold 35 million albums in just over two years.

Chile's education reform sparks protest

Thousands of Chilean students and parents protest the country's new education system in Santiago.

Tens of thousands of parents in Chile have marched in Santiago against a planned education bill which would phase out taxpayer-subsidised schools.

UN to review Fiji's human rights record

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama addresses the rally in Suva.

Fiji's human rights record will be scrutinised by the UN Human Rights Council in Switzerland in the next week. The country's last rights review was in 2010.

Islamic State forces pushed back in Iraq

A displaced Iraqi woman, who fled her home due to attacks by IS, hangs up her washing at a refugee camp near Arbil.

After weeks of fierce fighting, Kurdish and Iraqi forces say they have taken towns from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and near Baghdad.

Ebola outbreak cases top 10,000

Health workers from the Liberian Red Cross shovel sand to absorb fluids from the bodies of Ebola victims in Monrovia.

Officials continue attempts to identify those who came into contact with Mali's first Ebola victim as the number of known cases worldwide passes 10,000.

Dozens feared exposed to Ebola in Mali

Workers setting up a new treatment center as part of the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

Dozens of people in the West African country of Mali are in isolation following a girl's death from Ebola. She had travelled the country while showing symptoms.

Stratospheric skydive breaks records

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A Google executive has plunged from the stratosphere to break the world record for the highest-altitude skydive. Alan Eustace fell from more than 40 kms above earth.

Two deaths in school shooting - police

A video grab (courtesy of CNN and KOMO TV News) shows police and ambulances at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

One person was shot dead and four students wounded by a student who also died at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the US state of Washington, police have said.

Plan for Ebola vaccines in 2015 - WHO

Geneva University Hospital receives a batch of experimental Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg, Canada.

The World Health Organisation says hundreds of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be ready for use by the middle of next year.

Canadian gunman a lone wolf

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It is believed the terrorist gunman in Canada acted alone. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead after killing a soldier and going on a shooting rampage in the Canadian parliament.

Ebola fears in New York after first case

A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital where Dr Craig Spencer is being treated.

New York's mayor is trying to reassure residents they are safe from Ebola following revelations a doctor with the virus travelled on public transport before developing symptoms. (AUDIO)

Sir Cliff Richard owed apology

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The search of Sir Cliff Richards' house by police investigating allegations of child abuse has found it was inept and caused irreparable damage to the singer's reputation.

Photobomb named 'Word of the Year'

A tweet showing the Queen photobombing athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Photobomb - the action of intruding on a photograph - has been named Word of the Year by the Collins English Dictionary, which is the largest single volume dictionary in print.