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Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
Memorial services are held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the disaster's 10th anniversary.
Ukraine peace talks called off
Peace talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels, due to take place in Minsk, have been called off, Belarusian officials say.
Turkey 'insult' teenager released
A Turkish teenager arrested on Wednesday for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been released but still faces trial.
Suu Kyi: More Myanmar action needed
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi tells the BBC the world is too optimistic about reform in the country, saying more is needed to achieve democracy.
Thai tourist murder case continues
Court proceedings have begun against two Burmese men charged with the murder of two British tourists in September on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand.
Xbox and PlayStation online crash
Xbox and PlayStation online services have been suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group has disabled their services.
AU troops killed in al-Shabab attack
Al-Shabab militants attack the main African Union military base near Mogadishu airport in Somalia.
Mosque set on fire in Sweden
Police in Sweden say an arsonist set fire to a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people.
Father urges IS to free Jordan pilot
The father of a Jordanian pilot seized by Islamic State in Syria pleads with the militants to treat his son as a "guest" and release him.
Video games 'should be in Olympics'
Competitive video gaming - known as e-sports - should be included in the Olympic Games, the creator of World of Warcraft has told the BBC.
VIDEO: Virginia's water-skiing Santa Claus
The annual water-skiing Santa event takes place on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Hack threat comedy released in US
The Sony Pictures comedy The Interview opens in some US cinemas and online, after a major cyber-attack and threats over its release.
St Louis shooting 'unlike Ferguson'
The mayor of the US suburb where a police officer shot dead a black teenager says the death cannot be compared to that of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
US to pay freed Cuba prisoner $3.2m
American Alan Gross, freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail, is to receive $3.2m (2m) from the US government.
Amazon tribe raids Peru village
A remote Peruvian community is to be evacuated after members of an Amazon tribe looking for food raided homes and killed domestic animals
Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown
A lockdown is declared in northern Sierra Leone, with shops and travel services shut for at least three days, in a bid to contain the Ebola virus.
Nigeria girl tells of suicide attack
A 13-year-old Nigerian girl says her parents gave her to Boko Haram to take part in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kano.
Pakistan army to try terror suspects
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says new military courts will hear terrorism-related cases after an agreement between political parties.
Hong Kong crash sparks money grab
Dozens of people pocket millions of Hong Kong dollars after a van crashes on a major road, spreading banknotes across the tarmac.
Pope condemns religious persecution
Pope Francis delivers his traditional Christmas Day address, denouncing violence against religious and ethnic minorities - notably in Syria and Iraq.
Spain's king condemns corruption
Spain's new King Felipe VI attacks corruption in his Christmas Eve address, but does not mention his sister's forthcoming tax fraud trial.
Saudi women drivers in terror trial
Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say.
Libya militia clashes leave 19 dead
An attack on a power plant in Libya leaves at least 19 soldiers dead, while a rocket strikes a Libyan oil terminal in a separate incident.
City Link closure 'disgraceful'
The Christmas Day announcement that parcel delivery firm City Link had gone into administration was "disgraceful", a union says.
Met Office warns of snow disruption
Snow could cause disruption across large parts of the UK later, with the highest snowfall expected in Wales and the Midlands, the Met Office warns.
Tokyo stocks make slight gains
Tokyo market report
French jobless total at new record
The number of people seeking work in France has risen to a record high, official figures show.
Italy steps in to save steel plant
The Italian government intervenes in the management of the Ilva steel plant, in an attempt to reform the beleaguered business.
Captain Smith steadies Australia
Australia captain Steven Smith guides the hosts to 259-5 on the opening day of the third Test against India.
Man Utd goal is the title - Van Gaal
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his side have not given up on winning the Premier League title this season.
Friday's gossip column
Lampard set to extend Man City loan, Liverpool and Arsenal chase Milner, Mourinho praises Allardyce plus more.
Three e-cigarette TV adverts banned
Three television adverts for electronic cigarettes are banned, just weeks after a change in rules allowed people to be shown using them.
Burton and Bonham Carter split up
Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter announce they have "separated amicably" after 13 years together.
Sandler tops overpaid actor list
The comedian came ahead of Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller to pick up the honour.
VIDEO: Putin cancels government holidays
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled New Year holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
VIDEO: How the world responded to Ebola
The BBC's Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar looks back at how the world responded to the crisis in West Africa.
VIDEO: Ukraine football stars' new home
Ukraine's football champions Shakhtar Donetsk have had to flee their home, which is at the centre of the conflict in the east of the country.
VIDEO: Suu Kyi still fighting for change
Former political prisoner and now politician Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Jonah Fisher about the forthcoming general election in Myanmar.
VIDEO: Libya oil terminal hit in rocket strike
An attack on a power plant in Libya leaves at least 19 soldiers dead, while a rocket strikes a Libyan oil terminal in a separate incident.
VIDEO: Schoolgirl on escape from Boko Haram
Deborah is one of the schoolgirls who managed to escape when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in April 2014 in northern Nigeria. She told the BBC about her escape and her plans for the future.
VIDEO: 'My son was tortured for months'
Pakistan is to set-up military courts to speed-up terrorism-related cases, following the Peshawar school tragedy but there are fears that non terror cases may also be heard.
VIDEO: Pope highlights plight of war
Pope Francis emphasises the plight of victims of war, particularly in Iraq and Syria, in his traditional Christmas blessing.
Short-let apartments spark Paris row
Growth of short holiday lets alarms Paris authorities
Rebuilding lives after tsunami grief
Father and daughter rebuild their lives after tsunami grief
Ukraine crisis rocks Shakhtar future
Footballers play on despite Ukraine conflict
Federer: I will not be a pushy parent
Tennis ace Roger Federer on why he isn't one
Justice at risk as Pakistan rushes convicts to the gallows
Is Pakistan executing victims of injustice in its rush to punish?
In pictures: India violence survivors flee homes
Survivors of India violence flee homes
Viewpoint: Confrontation key to tackling violent extremism
What lies behind the rise in 2014 terror attacks?
How France has forgotten the Christmas truce soldiers
How France has forgotten the WW1 enemies who shook hands
Brazil's hidden slavery past unveiled
Grim truths about slavery in Rio unearthed

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