From BBC News
- Gunman kills two New York policemen
- A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself, officials say.
- Mother charged with Cairns murders
- Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.
- US insists North Korea behind hack
- The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.
- Tunisians poised to elect president
- Tunisians are set to vote for their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.
- Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia
- Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
- Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed
- Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
- Cuba 'will stay on' communist path
- Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.
- Russians 'will not cave in' to West
- Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
- Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau
- Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.
- Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed
- Scotland's top prosecutor says there is no evidence to suggest Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent.
- Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban'
- Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tightened against possible Taliban reprisals for prisoner executions, officials say.
- 'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France
- Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.
- VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders
- Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.
- VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies
- Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
- VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'
- Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.
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- VIDEO: 'Santas' join torch-lit hunt in woods
- Mike Bushell joins a group of social runners in the woods.
- VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed
- Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.
- VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory
- A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.
- VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time
- It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.
- VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?
- Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz
- Xi Jinping and his China Dream
- As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
- Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control
- The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.
- VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs
- The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.
- VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar
- The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
- What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?
- With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
- Facebook users crack card mystery
- Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force.
- VIDEO: FBI recover stolen artwork worth $12m
- A FBI sting operation has led to the recovery of stolen artwork worth about $12m (£7.7m) including paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.
- Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
- The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
- Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story
- Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
- N Korea proposes joint Sony probe
- North Korea proposes a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.
- Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager
- The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
- Ferguson bows out of US talk show
- Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.
- Caroline Flack wins Strictly title
- Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
- Antarctic science archive unlocked
- Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.
- LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
- Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
- Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'
- Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
- Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
- A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
- Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo
- European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup.
- Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba
- Luis Suarez scores his first league goal for Barcelona as they beat Cordoba to close to within a point of Real Madrid.
- How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs
- Dublin's pubs are experiencing a new phenomenon - the 12 days of Christmas have turned into the 12 pubs of Christmas... visited all in one night.
- Teaching winter to new US refugees
- Thousands of refugees arrive in the US each year, and those who end up in chilly Minnesota have to learn about what to expect for their first winter.
- Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze
- Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
- Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'
- Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.
- Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola
- Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates.
- Cairns children's mother arrested
- Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
- Turkey issues warrant for Gulen
- Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
- Colombia Farc truce follows killings
- Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
- Israel launches Gaza air strike
- Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.
- Plea by parents of Aurora accused
- The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
- Ambulance targets plan revealed
- Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
- Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge'
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
- Second arrest over off-duty PC death
- A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
- More support for ex-forces prisoners
- Ex-armed forces members who are sent to prison will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the Ministry of Justice says.
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