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Prize catch

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar retired after a 24-year career, in which he scored 100 international centuries and played 200 Test matches. He will receive India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.


Desert Island delights

Malorie Blackman, author of the best-selling Noughts amp; Crosses series and England's current Children's Laureate, appeared on BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs. She chose Jane Eyre as her favourite book.


Status update

One in six children has been cyberbullied, an Anti-Bullying Alliance study revealed. It also found that 45 per cent of parents with children under the age of 13 have set up a Facebook account for them.


Ballots and bullets

After strikes and outbreaks of violence in the run-up to Nepal's national elections, voters went to the polls today. The new assembly will be expected to write a constitution for the country.


State of play

As the host nation of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was always safe. But this was the day when the final list of other countries taking part in the competition was decided.


Bargaining for Bosnia

In 1995, the end of the three-and-a-half-year Bosnian war was announced. The Dayton Agreement between the Bosnians, Serbs and Croats was brokered by the US at an air base in Ohio.


A hard day's plight

Beatle John Lennon's detention sheets for misdeeds such as "fighting in class" at Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School for Boys will be auctioned today. They are expected to be sold for up to #163;3,000 each.



Try your hand

Let your fingers do the talking: 250 contestants will battle it out at the 2013 UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships, held at the Green Man pub in London. A cutting-edge event? Naturally.


Globe trotter

Peppa Pig, the cartoon that has delighted pre-school children in 180 countries for nine years, has three nominations at the British Academy Children's Awards, which take place today. Good luck, Peppa!


The end of Camelot

It is 50 years since the funeral of John F Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. An eternal flame burns at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.


Independence day

The Scottish National Party is expected to publish its ideas on why the country should leave the UK and how the process would be managed. A referendum on the issue is to be held in September next year.


Bookies' favourite

The winner of the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award will be announced. In the running for the #163;25,000 prize is David Walsh's Seven Deadly Sins, an investigation of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.


Celebrate thanksgivukkah

It's Thanksgiving in the US, when families get together to eat turkey and pumpkin pie. It is also Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. The combination has led to the nickname Thanksgivukkah.


Pick up your presents

Today is the 333rd day of the year, meaning that there are just 26 shopping days left until Christmas. So forget your plans for a relaxing weekend - hit the shops now to avoid the last-minute rush.

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