Gambia's President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes
Yahya Jammeh refuses to step aside for Adama Barrow as regional troops remain poised at the border.
Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random
The man suspected of killing 39 people on New Year's Eve says the venue was not his initial target.
Islamic State group 'lost quarter of territory' in 2016
IS endured "unprecedented territorial" defeats and should lose Mosul by mid-2017, new analysis says.
Chelsea Manning decision: Obama says justice was served
The president defends his commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, at his final news conference.
South Korea: Court denies arrest warrant for Samsung chief
A judge rules there is not enough evidence to justify arresting Lee Jae-yong for corruption.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird quits politics
Mike Baird, the leader of New South Wales, makes a surprise announcement he is standing down.
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Mexican anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro killed
Isidro Baldenegro, a Mexican indigenous leader, had been receiving death threats when he died.
Alanis Morissette's manager admits $5m fraud
Jonathan Schwartz admits stealing over $7m from the singer and other celebrities, prosecutors say.
Japan hotelier's Nanjing massacre denial angers China
Toshio Motoya claims in a book available in his APA hotels that the Nanjing massacre did not take place.
Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked
Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.
Australia Day campaign raises A$100,000 to replace billboard
A campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard showing two girls in hijabs is "overwhelmed" with donations.
Obama's advice to Trump: 'Reality has a way of biting back'
President Barack Obama has revealed his advice to Donald Trump in his final press conference.
Aleppo ‘haunted by violence and death’
Jeremy Bowen reports from the ruins of eastern Aleppo where 40,000 people have returned home.
President Trump: What happens on inauguration day
Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday.
Donald Trump's inauguration: Why more and more Democrats are refusing to go
More than 50 House Democrats are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony amid a feud between the president-elect and civil rights activist John Lewis.
Thailand road safety: Carnage on the roads
The BBC's Jonathan Head looks at the cost to human lives of Thailand's poor road safety record.
Welcome to Lagos - tech incubator
A new crop of Nigerian developers is drawing on the depth of culture across the continent to make distinctly African games.
NSW Premier Mike Baird gives emotional resignation speech
Mike Baird, the leader of New South Wales, has announced he is quitting politics.
Vegemite back in Australian ownership after A$460m Bega deal
The iconic brand of salty yeast spread is bought by Bega Cheese from US giant Mondelez in $A460m deal
Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols
Flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying are all common features of toilets in Japan.
China city bans second-time wedding banquets
A city in China forbids banquets for people marrying for a second time.
Italy pizzeria hands out free pizzas to traffic jam
Genoese wins plaudits for giving free pizzas to drivers stuck in rush-hour gridlock.
Russian region debates Nutcracker 'occult' row
Officials in Siberian region are to debate a religious row over The Nutcracker ballet.
Twenty years later
Hong Kong has spent 20 years under Chinese sovereignty. What's changed?
Pious vs secular
An attack on a Turkish nightclub revives a debate over whether the country's secular side is under threat.
The BBC's Jonathan Head looks into why Thailand's roads are among the most lethal in the world.
When sparks fly
Korean Air is believed to be the only major airline that routinely carries electric stun guns on its planes.
Cobra fang club
A growing number of snake farms are being set up in Kenya to attract paying visitors and breed snakes for export to Europe and North America.
The meat killer
The vegan aiming to make the perfect meatless burger to please even "the hardcore meat lover".