US probes 'stray Syria air drop'
The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.
Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.
S Korea takes down 'Christmas tree'
South Korea demolishes a tower used to construct a Christmas tree near North Korea, but denies the move is conciliatory.
US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says.
UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo wins Europe's Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims.
Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Briton found with throat cut in Bali
A British man is found dead with his hands tied and throat cut on the Indonesian island of Bali, the British embassy in Jakarta says.
Infant bodies found in Canada locker
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.
North Korea frees detained US man
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.
US Marine held for Philippine murder
A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines is moved to a Philippine army base, but fails to attend an initial hearing.
Canada seized car killer's passport
A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.
Audi claims self-drive speed record
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.
Singing nun releases 'Like a Virgin'
Italian nun who won the The Voice releases Madonna's 1984 hit as her debut single.
Sam released by Dallas Cowboys
Michael Sam, who hopes to be the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL game, is released by the Dallas Cowboys.
US $7bn fails to stop opium growth
US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.
Rewards for Mexico missing students
The Mexican government offers rewards for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.
Press freedom in Americas 'worsens'
Press freedom in the Americas has seen a "marked deterioration" in the past six months, according to the Inter American Press Association.
ICC warns Kenya on Kenyatta leaks
The International Criminal Court warns the Kenyan government against leaking information from President Uhuru Kenyatta's case to the media.
Bashir seeks to extend 25-year rule
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election next year, an aide says, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power.
Australia MP in court asylum appeal
An Australian lawmaker writes to the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate the Abbott government over its treatment of asylum seekers.
Freed Vietnam blogger flies to US
Prominent Vietnamese dissident blogger Nguyen Van Hai is released from prison and flies to the United States.
Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.
'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.
Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists
An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.
Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'
Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.
GPs to get £55 for dementia diagnoses
Doctors in England will be paid £55 every time they diagnose dementia, health chiefs say, but the scheme is criticised by a patients' group.
Father of IS hostage John Cantlie dies
Paul Cantlie, the father of Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, has died, less than two weeks after making a plea for his son to be released.
Yahoo profits surge on Alibaba sale
Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.
Microsoft boss gets $84m pay package
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.
Asian shares return to positive
Shares in Asia return to a positive streak on Wednesday, buoyed by strong company results in the US
Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich record their biggest ever away win in the Champions League as they thrash Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor
Didier Drogba scores his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they beat Maribor 6-0 - their biggest Champions League win.
Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.
Ambassador demands Top Gear apology
The Argentine ambassador to the UK calls for the BBC to make a public apology following the row over an edition of Top Gear filmed in the South American country.
Protests against controversial opera
Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer.
Timberlake settles Heat legal action
Celebrity magazine Heat apologises to actor and singer Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel after publishing a "false and unfounded story" questioning their marriage.
VIDEO: Swedish search for 'foreign sub' in bay
Naval vessels searching Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine are focusing on a bay near the capital, Stockholm.
VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
VIDEO: Obama responds to jealous boyfriend
President Barack Obama found himself in an awkward situation at the voting booth in Chicago on Monday, when a man walked past and told him not to touch his girlfriend.
VIDEO: Ukraine separatists shun elections
Steve Rosenberg visits two cities in rebel held Ukraine which will be boycotting the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
VIDEO: 'Nazis' who left US still got benefits
The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US.
VIDEO: 'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators have said "criminal negligence" caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total's chief executive.
VIDEO: British medics head to Sierra Leone
Some 80 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.
VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters
The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the front line in north-east Syria.
Ebola crisis: My son's survival saved me
Son saves father from despair of family loss
Who wants to play Rupert Murdoch?
Australian playwright on media baron's rise to power
Organic genderless gingerbread debated
They're organic, vegan, and they're definitely not 'men'
Philippines feels force of China travel warning
China travel warning baffles Philippine resorts
Hong Kong's political haircut
Politics sparks confrontation in a Hong Kong salon
Can a mining town survive a shutdown?
Can a remote mining town in Australia survive a shutdown?
The Hindu hardliners who see Modi as their own
Is India's hardline Hindu group RSS flexing its muscles?
VIDEO: The famine report that shocked the world
How a government minister sought relief for a country in crisis
Debt campaigners tear up student loans
The people who buy and then cancel US student loans