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- Bangladesh Islamist execution upheld
- Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of crimes against humanity.
- Ukraine leader 'still wants EU deal'
- Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych still intends to sign an EU deal, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says, as protests continue in Kiev.
- Mandela interpreter firm 'vanishes'
- The owners of the firm which supplied a "fake" sign language interpreter to the Mandela memorial event have vanished, a South African minister says.
- More wait to pay respects to Mandela
- South Africans once again queue in their thousands to view the body of Nelson Mandela, which is lying in state for a second day.
- Global cancer cases reach 14 million
- The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.
- Australia court bans gay marriage
- Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), rendering 27 gay marriages invalid.
- Asiana pilot 'stressed' by landing
- The pilot of a South Korean plane which crashed in the US was "stressed" landing without a key guidance system, an inquiry reveals.
- Lawyer for 'Bin Laden doctor' flees
- A lawyer for the jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down Osama Bin Laden has fled the country, a colleague and relatives say.
- Former Thai PM charged with murder
- Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva is formally charged with murder over the 2010 crackdown, as protests continue in Bangkok.
- US considers sanctions against Ukraine
- The US state department says it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine after riot police moved in on protesters.
- Russia reviews Pussy Riot verdicts
- Russia's Supreme Court criticises the guilty verdicts which sent two Pussy Riot punk protesters to jail and orders a review.
- Media urge end to Syria kidnappings
- International news organisations urge Syrian rebel groups to stop kidnapping journalists, and to free those who are being held.
- French cafe 'rude tax' causes a stir
- A French Riviera cafe has created a stir on social media by rewarding their customers with cheaper coffee in return for good manners.
- Synthetic gel mimics amphibians
- A man-made material able to re-grow parts previously removed could be used to make armour, self-healing paint or tyres, researchers say.
- US healthcare enrolment 'triples'
- Healthcare websites established under President Obama's health law enrolled twice as many people in November as the month before, the US says.
- Senate aide held over child porn
- A top Republican senator's chief of staff is arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, the US authorities say.
- Honduran president confirmed in post
- Juan Orlando Hernandez is officially declared president-elect of Honduras despite calls for an annulment by losing candidate Xiomara Castro.
- Mexico moves to open oil resources
- Mexico's Senate approves a measure to open the state-run oil fields to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years.
- Nigeria row over Obasanjo letter
- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's office hits back at ex-leader Olusegun Obasanjo for a "provocative" letter condemning his leadership.
- Rwanda 'refused UK police request'
- Rwanda refused a formal request to help a British police investigation into genocide suspects living in the UK, the BBC has learned.
- Cave holds stunning tsunami clues
- A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.
- India considers legalising gay sex
- The Indian government says it is considering decriminalising homosexuality, a day after the country's top court upholds a law criminalising gay sex.
- Bavaria abandons Mein Kampf reprint
- The German state of Bavaria abandons controversial plans to reprint Mein Kampf after its legal power to ban Adolf Hitler's manifesto expires in 2015.
- Pope named Time's Person of the Year
- Time Magazine names Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying he has pulled "the papacy out the palace and into the streets".
- Syrian refugees hit by Lebanon storm
- The UN is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a winter storm brings snow, high winds and freezing temperatures to the country.
- US and UK suspend Syria rebel aid
- The US and UK suspend "non-lethal assistance" to rebels in northern Syria - but not humanitarian aid - after an Islamist alliance seizes FSA bases.
- Plan for big MP pay rise defended
- The body which sets MPs' salaries defends plans to award an 11% pay rise, saying other changes mean it will not cost taxpayers "a penny more".
- Worry as women left alone in labour
- A quarter of women are left alone during labour and birth at a time that worries them, according to an official survey.
- Airline profits 'to hit record'
- Profits for the global airline industry will reach a record level next year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says.
- Australia PM holds Toyota talks
- Australia's government is holding talks with Toyota as it looks to convince the firm to continue manufacturing cars there.
- China 'bad bank' shares up on debut
- Shares in Cinda Asset Management, which handles bad debts run up by Chinese banks, surge on their debut in the Hong Kong.
- Cook facing hardest England Test
- Captain Alastair Cook says his 100th Test will be the "toughest" of his career as England look to to turn around the Ashes.
- 'Half-hearted' Celtic hurt Lennon
- Neil Lennon says Celtic's "half-hearted" display in the 6-1 Champions League defeat by Barcelona was "unacceptable".
- Mourinho wants Drogba reunion
- Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to be paired with Didier Drogba's Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16.
- Weinsteins sue Warner over Hobbit
- The Weinstein brothers take legal action over Warner Bros' decision to adapt the Hobbit into three films, claiming it deprived them of revenue.
- Man Booker 2014 judges announced
- Philosopher and writer AC Grayling chairs the 2014's Man Booker Prize judging panel, featuring an American literature professor as the competition opens up to writers from the United States.
- BBC nature series to include warning
- Forthcoming nature documentary Hidden Kingdoms will broadcast on-screen warnings, alerting viewers that some scenes have been re-enacted
- VIDEO: Mandela interpreter defends performance
- The sign language interpreter accused of using fake hand signals at Nelson Mandela's memorial has apologised if anyone was offended by his performance, saying he saw "angels" in the stadium.
- VIDEO: Pope Francis named Person of the Year
- Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by Time for the "strength of the symbolism" of his actions.
- VIDEO: US and UK suspend Syria rebel aid
- The US and UK have suspended all "non-lethal" support for rebels in northern Syria, but not humanitarian aid.
- VIDEO: Protesters fortify barricades in Kiev
- Police in Ukraine have abandoned attempts to clear anti-government protesters from the capital Kiev.
- VIDEO: Refugees 'burning shoes to survive'
- Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps along the Syria-Lebanon border are being forced to improvise to survive harsh winter conditions without aid.
- VIDEO: Horror of Syria conflict revealed
- British film-maker Olly Lambert wins won a prestigious Rory Peck Award award based on filming of the Syria conflict.
- VIDEO: First international Tajik fashion show
- Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest country, hosts its first ever international fashion show in the capital Dushanbe.
- VIDEO: SEA Games open in Myanmar
- A lavish opening ceremony for the South East Asian Games has taken place in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
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- 'I saw my Mandela.. and cried'
- Pumza Fihlani's vivid account of seeing the man who made her life possible
- Winter storm hits Syrian refugees
- Winter storm worsens plight of Syrian refugees
- Is Kenya having a mid-life crisis?
- Is Kenya having a mid-life crisis as she turns 50?
- The revenge porn avengers
- Women fighting back against revenge porn websites
- Dancing Grannies raise a ruckus
- The dancing grannies who love loud music
- Pope 'scores' for Catholic Church
- How the Pope has turned round the image of the Catholic Church
- Mardell: Newtown remembers the lost
- Town remembers 20 children killed in a mass shooting a year ago
- The all-time World Cup finals league table
- What would an all-time World Cup league table look like?
- The billion dollar circus firm
- How Cirque du Soleil won fans around the world
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