India court reinstates gay sex ban
India's Supreme Court overturns a 2009 ruling and upholds a law criminalising gay sex, in a move seen as a major blow to gay rights.
Ukraine police abandon stand-off
Pro-EU protesters inside city hall in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, push back riot police as the interior minister promises not to use force.
Visitors file past Mandela's body
Family, officials and the public pay respects to Nelson Mandela, filing past his coffin in Pretoria, where it is lying in state for three days.
Putin orders Arctic military boost
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his military leadership they should build up their forces in the Arctic as a priority.
Uruguay votes to legalise marijuana
Uruguay's parliament votes to legalise the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana - the first country to do so.
China hackers 'hit EU ministries'
Chinese hackers targeted five European foreign ministries over the summer, a security company has said.
Bangladesh Islamist execution halted
The execution of an Islamist leader, Abdul Kader Mullah, is postponed while Bangladesh's Supreme Court continues to hear legal arguments.
French kill suspected Mali Islamists
The French army confirms that it killed 19 people in a clash with suspected Islamists earlier this week in Mali.
Satellite detects Antarctic ice loss
West Antarctica continues to lose ice to the ocean and this loss appears to be accelerating, according to new data from Europe's Cryosat spacecraft.
China fruit market blaze kills 16
A fire in a farmers' market in south China's Shenzhen kills 16 people and injures at least three, officials say.
Dutch hostages released in Yemen
A Dutch couple freed after six months in captivity in Yemen say they were "treated very well" by their kidnappers, a day after being released.
Google opens first Asia data centres
Google opens its first ever data centres in Asia as it looks to boost its growth further in the region.
Movie captures Earth-Moon 'dance'
The US space agency releases an extraordinary new movie of Earth and the Moon moving through space together.
Supervolcano 'even more colossal'
The supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park in the United States is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
US budget deal reached in Congress
An agreement is reached on the US budget to avoid another government shutdown, Republican and Democratic lawmakers say.
Obama-Castro handshake 'unplanned'
The handshake between US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was unplanned, the White House says.
Ortega 'could stand for fourth term'
A constitutional reform which would allow Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to run for a fourth term is adopted by the National Assembly.
Deadly Argentina looting spreads
Five people are killed in widespread looting in Argentina after police in 17 provinces go on strike to demand higher salaries to match rising inflation.
French deployment in CAR 'necessary'
President Francois Hollande defends France's military intervention in the Central African Republic, after two French soldiers were killed in Bangui.
Madagascar village 'hit by plague'
A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island confirm.
GM to stop making cars in Australia
Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors, says it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, with almost 2,900 jobs to go.
China university 'sacks law scholar'
A law professor in China says he has been sacked after he refused to apologise for writing articles criticising the government.
Jail sentence for PIP implant boss
The founder of French company PIP, which distributed defective breast implants, is sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.
Spanish journalists seized in Syria
Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.
Abu Qatada denies terror charges
Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies terror charges at a Jordanian court, and complains the presence of a military judge means he is being denied a fair trial.
Syria army holds Damascus-Homs road
Syrian government forces are reported to have taken control of the motorway linking Damascus with the city of Homs, as well as the nearby town of Nabak.
UK aims to double dementia funding
The UK will aim to double annual funding for dementia research to £132m by 2025, up from the 2015 target of £66m, the prime minister says.
Judges allow Scientology wedding
A woman who wants to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel wins her Supreme Court challenge as judges rule the church is a 'place of meeting for religious worship'.
Lloyds bank in record £28m fine
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £28m for "serious failings" in relation to bonus schemes for sales staff.
FirstGroup shuns Greyhound sell-off
UK rail and bus firm FirstGroup has rejected a proposal from one of its shareholders, Sandell, to sell its US assets, including the Greyhound bus service.
India firms agree telecom deal
Two of India's biggest firms, Reliance Industries and Bharti Airtel, agree to share telecom infrastructure.
Prior demands England fight, not sulk
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior says England must "come out fighting" and not "sulk" if they are to turn around the Ashes series.
Pellegrini confusion as Man City win
Manuel Pellegrini appears not to realise his Manchester City team were one goal from winning Champions League Group D.
Moyes eyes further improvements
Manager David Moyes believes Manchester United are among the favourites to win this season's Champions League.
Lost Sellers films to be screened
Two rare films from Peter Sellers' early career will be shown in public for the first time in 50 years, at the 2014 Southend Film Festival.
YouTube names 2013's top trends
A comedy sketch called How Animals Eat Their Food is the UK's most popular YouTube video of the year, while spoof pop song The Fox tops the global list.
Two Damien Hirst art works stolen
Two signed Damien Hirst art works worth £33,000 are stolen from a London gallery.
VIDEO: What does a handshake mean?
Jeremy Paxman considers the significance of the handshake that took place between President Barack Obama and the Cuban leader, Raul Castro, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
VIDEO: CAR crisis - in 60 seconds
BBC News takes a look at the crisis gripping the Central African Republic - in 60 seconds.
VIDEO: Woman in the driving seat at GM
US car giant General Motors (GM) has named product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.
VIDEO: Ultrasound scan using your phone
Medical students from the US have brought together a number of medical mobile phone applications to create a 10 minute physical examination, including and ultrasound scan and heart rate monitor.
VIDEO: Inside Kiev's frozen protest city
The BBC's Steven Rosenberg reports from inside the protest camp in Kiev's Independence Square.
VIDEO: Award for Dhaka factory cameramen
Two Bangladeshi cameramen, who gained access to leather factories near Dhaka to reveal squalid working conditions, have been awarded the Rory Peck award for examining humanitarian or social issues.
VIDEO: Nobel prize winner honours Mandela
Director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accepts the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the body at the Oslo City Hall in Norway.
VIDEO: What next after the 3D printed gun?
Cody Wilson, who made the first 3D printed gun, tells Click about his other projects.
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Syria sides fight for keeps as Geneva peace talks loom
Syria sides vie for position as Geneva peace talks loom
Uruguay bill pioneers state control of cannabis market
Why Uruguay is legalising its marijuana market
Child 'training' book triggers backlash
Why a US book on child discipline has provoked a storm
Will Mandela's funeral be the biggest in history?
Will Mandela's funeral really be the biggest in history?
The 12 cyber-scams of Christmas
How to thwart those trying to catch you out over Christmas
Photography's golden age
A golden era for photography
Will China expel foreign journalists?
Is China preparing for a mass expulsion of foreign journalists?
Tackling Uganda's lack of school places
A new model for Uganda's lack of schools