North Korea invests huge sums in its military, despite economic ruin.
UEFA president Michel Platini has said he will not challenge FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the football world body's top position. However, Platini did call on Blatter to step down when his term ends in 2015.
A Thai court has dropped charges of murder against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy. They had been indicted for their role in a bloody crackdown on opposition protests in 2010.
A doctor has died from Ebola in the oil industry hub of Port Harcourt in southeastern Nigeria. It is the country's sixth Ebola death, and the first victim confirmed outside the capital, Lagos.
German unemployment grew by a small amount in August, as the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East weighed on economic performance. But Germany's Labor Agency remains ''moderately positive' about the future.
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