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Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
Putin TV address amid economic crisis
President Vladimir Putin is holding his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.
'Vast store' of world's oldest water
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.
Sony cancels The Interview release
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
Swiss interest rates turn negative
Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce a negative interest rate for cash deposits of more than $1m.
Myanmar trial over 'Buddha insult'
A New Zealander and two Burmese men go on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event.
Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers
A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
Palestinian peace plan put before UN
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.
Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'
The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm'
Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.
Mumps outbreak hits US hockey teams
An outbreak of the highly-contagious disease mumps sweeps through teams in the US National Hockey League, with at least five affected.
EU leaders focus on investment boost
EU leaders are to consider ways to unlock billions of euros of investment and policy on Russia, at a Brussels summit.
VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.
VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014
As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.
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VIDEO: New footage shows Sydney cafe raid
As new footage emerges of the Sydney cafe siege Australia's prime minister announces a review into how and why the attack happened.
VIDEO: Mass tango for Pope's birthday
Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy
A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.
VIDEO: Could this be the last Dalai Lama?
The UK has been soft on China over the Hong Kong protest because Britain is economically weak, the Dalai Lama suggests.
What did UK know about CIA practices?
Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA.
Cuba's economy set to get a boost
The Cuban embargo is the US's longest-running trade sanction. With the move by US President Barack Obama to ease some of the provisions, how will Cuba's economy change?
Watch list questions over Sydney gunman
Questions mount over why the Sydney siege gunman was not being monitored more closely, by security agencies or the courts, reports the BBC's Wendy Frew.
Erdogan battles 'parallel state' in Turkey
A media clampdown has followed allegations of corruption in a turbulent Turkey as criticism of the Erdogan regime mounts, says Mark Lowen.
Greek vote could spark political turmoil
Greek MPs will vote on a new president on Wednesday but defeat for the government could spark jitters on the markets and a return to political turmoil.
Can Jeb Bush avoid Mitt Romney's fate?
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announces he's "exploring" a presidential bid. Would he be able to navigate the Republican primaries as an establishment candidate better than the 2012 nominee?
What is behind the US-Cuba thaw?
After the announcement of a "historic shift" in US-Cuba relations, how will the lives of Cubans change and how will the changes be received in Cuba and the US?
Picture power: Under the dress
Benoit Tessier captures a moment that left actress America Ferrera red-faced.
Russians fear return to 1998 crisis
Russia's Central Bank has raised interest rates to 17%, but the rouble has continued to plummet, prompting fears of economic crisis.
How many attacks on schools around the world?
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
VIDEO: Taliban attacks in Pakistan - in 60 secs
Tuesday's Peshawar school massacre was the Taliban's deadliest attack in Pakistan, as BBC News explains in 60 seconds.
Picture power: A scar on the landscape
Photographer Nacho Doce's picture of Brazil's Atibainha dam, as parts of the country ensure the worst drought in 80 years.
George III drawing is uncovered
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.
Couples tango for Pope in Rome
Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
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VIDEO: Up close with world's largest vessel
An enormous vessel is being built to collect and liquefy gas at sea for the first time.
New Blackberry 'back to its roots'
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers.
Google considers data risk warnings
Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.
Stars react to film cancellation
Hollywood stars react to Sony's decision to cancel The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
Bill Cosby will not face LA charges
Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.
Philae comet landing 'all a blur'
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.
Festival lights viewed from space
Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.
Rules for babies 'from three people'
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.
S Leone houses searched for Ebola
Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.
Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
Thursday's gossip column
Ashley Cole dismisses Crystal Palace link, Eden Hazard close to new Chelsea deal, Southampton want Wesley Sneijder, plus more.
The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war
Diana Darke returned from London to Syria recently to reclaim her house from profiteers who had moved in - she found her neighbours in Damascus coping surprisingly well despite the war.
What's behind growing gun support in US?
Two years on from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, a survey finds growth in support of gun rights.
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.
Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens'
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.
India launches its heaviest rocket
India successfully launches its largest rocket yet and an unmanned capsule capable of sending astronauts into space.
Fatal tourist balloon crash in Turkey
A Chinese tourist is killed and nine other people, thought to be Chinese and Malaysian, are injured in a hot air balloon crash in Turkey.
Farc rebels declare unilateral truce
Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.
UK army murder claims 'were lies'
Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
Six-time 'killer' found dead in woods
A body has been found in Pennsylvania woodland by police searching for a man suspected of killing six people in a shooting rampage.
Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.
Police missed chances over Savile
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".
UK using less energy, report finds
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
Councils braced for funding cuts
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.
Your pictures of the year 2014
A selection of the best readers' photos
In pictures: US-Cuban relations
Story of Cuba's relationship with the US
In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath
Families have begun burying their dead
Day in pictures: 16 December 2014
Images from around the world: 16 December
In pictures: Peshawar school attack
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar
Day in pictures: 15 December 2014
News images from around the world: 15 December
In pictures: Sydney siege
Armed police seal off an area around a cafe
Christmas pictures of prince released
Christmas photographs of Prince George
The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
VIDEO: The parents who never expected to see their child in a nativity play
The 49 children who made it to an unlikely nativity
The boats of guns for hire against pirates
The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
Last orders for LA British boozer
LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark
The buildings that would have been impossible
The buildings that would once have been impossible
'Ringing' rock arches recorded
America's huge humming arches
VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference
Artist's colourful search for identity
Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
VIDEO: The rise of 'selfie sticks'
A handy self-portrait device or a narcissistic vanity tool?

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