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Putin seeks to ease economic fears
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.
'100 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor tells the BBC.
Dismay at Sony film cancellation
Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.
Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU
Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.
Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect
A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan.
Boston bombing suspect in court
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in a US court for the first time since July 2013, ahead of his trial in January.
Swiss interest rate to turn negative
Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce in a negative interest rate on cash deposits of more than $10m.
Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill
Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her amid a chaotic parliamentary session called to push through changes to a tough new security bill.
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.
Wilders faces charges of incitement
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.
US boy's 1944 conviction overturned
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.
China village 'shuns' boy with HIV
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
VIDEO: US navy develops 'fish' robot
The US military has been showing off its latest catch.
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: 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: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?
BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response.
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: 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: Female bishop on 'unexpected joy'
The Church of England's first female bishop says she is "honoured and thankful" to be given the role.
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.
Sony Pictures hack - whodunnit?
As Sony counts the cost of a devastating breach, the question is now who is responsible?
What are negative interest rates?
Switzerland's National Bank is to impose a negative interest rate of minus 0.25% on large deposits - but what are negative rates, and why do banks bring them in?
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?
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.
Fall in oil prices 'temporary'
Recent falls in the price of oil are likely to be temporary, says the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, Opec's biggest producing nation.
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Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.
New Blackberry 'back to its roots'
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers.
Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.
Marigold Hotel chosen for royal gala
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is selected as the next Royal Film Performance.
Badger cull fails to meet target
Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.
Bats 'showing signs of recovery'
Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says.
Autism link to air pollution raised
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.
Drug allergy: Culprit protein found
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.
Tests claim Ebosse died from beating
New tests claim Cameroon player Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating and not from an object thrown by fans.
Not too late to drop Cook - Hussain
There is still time for England to replace Alastair Cook as captain for the World Cup, says ex-skipper Nasser Hussain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.
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.
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.
Three 'murders' part of abuse inquiry
Detectives are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse involving politicians and establishment figures, as they appeal for information about an apartment block in London.
North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
Boris flight passenger admits assault
An airline passenger who was calmed down by Boris Johnson on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow admits assault and being drunk on an aircraft.
English council funds 'cut by 1.8%'
English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says.
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
Picture power: Under the dress
Actress America Ferrera red-faced
In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath
Families have begun burying their dead
Picture power: A scar on the landscape
Brazil's worst drought in 80 years
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
In pictures: Sydney siege
Armed police seal off an area around a cafe
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
Surviving the Peshawar school massacre
The schoolboy who was shot in the head and lived
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014
Striking images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours
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?