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North Korea threatens US over Sony
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:13 GMT)

China investigates ex-leader's aide
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:39:18 GMT)

Pope Francis deplores Vatican 'ills'
The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:54:01 GMT)

Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote
Beji Caid Essebsi is confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll, but critics say this marks the return of the old regime.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:41:14 GMT)

NYC police chief backs mayor
New York City's police chief backs Mayor Bill de Blasio after claims he had increased ill-feeling towards police prior to two officers being shot dead.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:09:09 GMT)

Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine
Alstom has agreed to pay £772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:21:49 GMT)

IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:33 GMT)

Hollande urges French not to panic
President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend of attacks by men heard shouting Islamic slogans.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:11:54 GMT)

Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:08 GMT)

Spanish princess to face fraud trial
The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:40:55 GMT)

Rouble rallies despite crisis warning
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:50:34 GMT)

S Korea holds cyber drill after hack
South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:49:58 GMT)

Abbott: House bill cut helped women
Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget".
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:27:36 GMT)

Hack causes 'damage' at steel works
A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:01:52 GMT)

Catalan leader probed over vote
Catalonia's President Artur Mas is placed under formal investigation for his role in the Spanish region's unofficial vote on independence.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:52 GMT)

Jail over Silk Road bitcoin deals
Bitcoin trader Charlie Shrem has been sentenced to two years in jail for indirectly helping people swap cash for bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:53:10 GMT)

Star threatened with sex tape release
Iggy Azalea denies having a secret sex tape after hackers threaten to release a recording of the rapper.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:12:20 GMT)

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain
A massive €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes brings joy to thousands in Spain's famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) lottery.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:45:02 GMT)

Final Hobbit film tops US box office
The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies, tops the US box office.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:17:23 GMT)

Muhammad Ali ill with pneumonia
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:19:30 GMT)

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.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT)

Argentine court grants rights to ape
A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:05:08 GMT)

Argentine town bans beauty contests
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:50:23 GMT)

Deadly blast at Nigeria bus station
At least 20 people have been killed in a bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in north-eastern Nigeria, emergency workers say.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:33:39 GMT)

China to send troops to South Sudan
China says 700 troops are ready to be deployed to South Sudan to bolster a UN peacekeeping force in the world's newest state.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:42:44 GMT)

Big cat trade from Burma to China up
A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:16 GMT)

Pakistan arrests over school attack
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:45:44 GMT)

Pedestrians killed in lorry crash
Several pedestrians have been killed after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into a group of people in George Square in Glasgow city centre.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:37:03 GMT)

Driver attacks French pedestrians
A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:59:31 GMT)

Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'
Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:12 GMT)

Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS
Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:02 GMT)

Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:38:27 GMT)

Man dies in police Taser shooting
A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:22 GMT)

South Korea cuts growth forecasts
Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:11:50 GMT)

Rate riggers face seven years jail
Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:54:05 GMT)

Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry
The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:07 GMT)

Brighton manager Hyypia resigns
Sami Hyypia leaves his role as manager of Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion after a run of one win in 18 league games.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:45:14 GMT)

Oyston apologises for abusive texts
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston "unreservedly apologises" for "unacceptable comments" he sent in reply to texts he received from a fan.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:32:19 GMT)

NFL player donates pay to ill child
British NFL player Menelik Watson donates his match payment to the family of an ill four-year-old girl.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:33:54 GMT)

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:27 GMT)

The Miniaturist voted book of the year
Jessie Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist comes top of a public vote to be named Specsavers Book of the Year.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:15:25 GMT)

Elton John and David Furnish marry
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:33 GMT)

VIDEO: Man who missed out on biggest jackpot
On the day the draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, takes place in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) the BBC speaks to the man who missed out.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:43:35 GMT)

VIDEO: Life in Cape Town's notorious gang area
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and drugs and gun crime fuel the cycle of violence in the Cape Flats, an area notorious for gangs.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:47:33 GMT)

VIDEO: Indian Ocean tsunami: Aceh 10 years on
Andrew Harding returns to Aceh 10 years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami struck to see how things have changed.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:59:55 GMT)

VIDEO: Airbus to deliver first A350 XWBs
Monday marks a big day for Airbus at its main factory headquarters in Toulouse, as Qatar Airways takes the first delivery of the plane makers newest twin-aisle A350 XWB.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:09 GMT)

VIDEO: Nicaragua canal faces opposition
Nicaragua, the poorest country in mainland South America, announced on Monday it will break ground on a new canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:52 GMT)

VIDEO: How free are Confucius Institutes?
A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:10:34 GMT)

VIDEO: How oil prices affect Venezuelans
Venezuela is one of the countries most affected by the drop in oil prices - it was already in a deep economic crisis when the price per barrel was over $100.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:57:05 GMT)

VIDEO: Beefing up Botswana's cattle farming
With some experts forecasting the diminution of diamond reserves in as little as 20 years, Botswana must look to diversify its export industry.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:53:53 GMT)

Islamic State: Yazidi women tell of sex-slavery trauma
Sex-slavery trauma of Yazidis seized by Islamic State
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:08 GMT)

Indian Ocean tsunami: Emotional reunion in Aceh 10 years on
BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:04 GMT)

The mystery of Chopin's death
His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:13:35 GMT)

Day in pictures: 22 December 2014
A selection of news images from around the world
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:57:04 GMT)

Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit
The Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:44:01 GMT)

VIDEO: Why US football has no relegation
Why American sports refuse to relegate the worst teams
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:56:25 GMT)

Germany wants more women in boardroom
Germany's drive to promote more women in business
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:23:21 GMT)

The hard side of China's soft power
The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:19:51 GMT)

Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes
Tim Burton on the art fraud that shocked America
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:36:40 GMT)

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