- 1. Cameron: EU demands 'not impossible'
- 2. Myanmar election: Suu Kyi predicts majority
- 3. Asda bails out of Black Friday sales
- 4. Change in sense of humour 'can signal dementia'
- 5. Is SeaWorld really ending its killer whale shows?
- 6. West German leader Helmut Schmidt dies at 96
- 7. Champion jockey Pat Eddery dies at 63
- 8. Athletics in turmoil over Russian doping scandal
- 9. Former British soldier arrested over Bloody Sunday
- 10. Briefing: Australia's off-shore detention centres
1. Cameron: EU demands 'not impossible'
David Cameron has finally laid out his demands for EU reform in a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk. The Prime Minister believes reforming the EU will be a big - but not impossible - task and hopes for an answer as early as next month. His four key objectives include a reduction or red tape and the right to restrict in-work benefits to EU migrants.
2. Myanmar election: Suu Kyi predicts majority
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she believes her NLD party is on course to win a majority, though votes are still being counted. Suu Kyi told the BBC the polls were "largely free" though there were some "areas of intimidation". An NLD spokesman has accused the election commission of delaying the results.
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3. Asda bails out of Black Friday sales
Asda, the Walmart-owned supermarket chain that helped bring 'Black Friday' to the UK, will not take part in the annual retail event this year. Last year there was violence at some stores as shoppers fought for bargains. It blamed "shopper fatigue... around flash sales on big-ticket, non-essential items at Christmas". Black Friday usually takes place on the day after Thanksgiving.
4. Change in sense of humour 'can signal dementia'
A study by Universtiy College London researchers suggests that an increasingly warped sense of humour can be a sign of dementia. Questionnaires completed by friends and family of 48 sufferers showed many had noticed a change in the years before dementia was diagnosed, including inappropriate laughing at tragic events.
5. Is SeaWorld really ending its killer whale shows?
The US theme park SeaWorld will begin phasing out some of its controversial killer whale shows amid mounting criticism of its treatment of the marine animals – but critics warn this is not enough. The decision comes two years after the release of the damning documentary Blackfish. The company's 11 parks across the US have seen visitor numbers halved since the film was released.
6. West German leader Helmut Schmidt dies at 96
Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country from 1974 to 1982, has died at the age of 96. The Social Democrat was a popular leader and helped consolidate the country's post-war economic success. He was also a strong supporter of European integration and helped launch the European Monetary System, which paved the way to the euro.
7. Champion jockey Pat Eddery dies at 63
Jockey Pat Eddery, an 11-time flat racing champion and three-time Derby winner, has died at the age of 63. Born in Ireland, Eddery retired in 2003 after a 36-year career in which he rode more than 4,600 winners and won 14 British classics. His victory on Dancing Brave in the 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was regarded as his finest.
8. Athletics in turmoil over Russian doping scandal
The world of athletics is in turmoil after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that Russia is banned from all competition for systematic doping that went unchecked by the sport's governing body. Russian president Vladimir Putin has called the accusations "groundless", but there are fears other countries could be involved.
9. Former British soldier arrested over Bloody Sunday
A former British soldier has been arrested over the events of Bloody Sunday in January 1972, when 14 people died after soldiers opened fire on a civil rights march in Londonderry. The 66-year-old man, who appeared before the Saville Inquiry, is an ex-Para. He is being questioned over the deaths of William Nash, Michael McDaid and John Young.
10. Briefing: Australia's off-shore detention centres
Australia's use of off-shore detention centres for asylum seekers is under scrutiny after violence erupted on Christmas Island following the death of a Kurdish-Iranian inmate. Guards were withdrawn from the centre for "safety reasons" after inmates lit fires in protest against the death of Fazel Chegeni. Meanwhile human rights organisations continue to raise concerns about conditions at the centres.
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