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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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