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N Korea: Leader's uncle executed
The North Korean leader's uncle, Chang Song-thaek, is executed after being purged for "acts of treachery", says the state news agency.
S Africa closes queues for Mandela
South Africans are warned not to attempt to go to see Nelson Mandela's body in the capital, Pretoria, unless they are already in the queue.
US captive in Iran said to be CIA
An ex-FBI agent believed held in Iran for the last seven years was working for the CIA on an unapproved mission, the Associated Press reports.
Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader
Bangladesh executes Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, who was convicted of atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence.
Tunisia parties 'reach deal' on PM
Tunisia's governing Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition agree in principle on a new prime minister to lead a caretaker government.
EU failing Syria refugees - Amnesty
European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades
Pro-EU protesters in Ukraine reinforce their position in the centre of Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police earlier this week.
US House passes two-year budget deal
The US House of Representatives approves a two-year federal budget bill with strong cross-party support, making another government shutdown less likely.
Belgium child euthanasia plan backed
Belgium takes a step towards becoming the first country in the world to remove age limits for euthanasia, after the Senate votes in favour.
Top Mafia suspect's family arrested
Family members of Italy's most-wanted Sicilian Mafia suspect, Matteo Messina Denaro, are arrested in a police swoop in western Sicily.
Two arrested for anti-Semitic tweets
Two men are arrested after posting anti-Semitic tweets following a football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
Museum gains major Chinese art haul
The Ashmolean Museum announces the acquisition of one of the world's greatest collections of modern Chinese art.
Beyonce puts surprise album online
Pop star Beyonce unexpectedly releases her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new tracks and 17 music videos.
James Bond is an 'impotent drunk'
James Bond drinks so much he's probably impotent and will die young, according to doctors.
VIDEO: No jail for fatal drink drive teen
A teenager in Texas has escaped jail after he killed four pedestrians while drink-driving. Ethan Couch, 16, registered at three times the legal drinking limit following the incident in June.
VIDEO: Is this the home and office of 2023?
How Microsoft envisages what life could be like in 10 years time.
VIDEO: Hobbit films lift New Zealand firms
As the latest film in the Hobbit film trilogy is released, Ashleigh Nghiem reports the series has raised the profile of New Zealand and its businesses.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees hit by Lebanon storm
The UN says it is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a fierce winter storm bears down.
VIDEO: N Korea leader's uncle executed
The once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been executed after being purged for corruption, state news agency KCNA reports.
VIDEO: Ireland to exit bailout programme
Ireland is to become the first bailed-out country in the Eurozone to officially exit its international financial rescue programme.
VIDEO: Snowfall continues in parts of Middle East
Snow has fallen in Bethlehem outside the Church of the Nativity while Jerusalem grinds to a halt.
Irish bailout exit 'just one step'
The Irish Republic's exit from its bailout rescue is a "milestone" but not the end of the road, the country's finance minister says.
Peugeot shares fall on GM share sale
Shares in PSA Peugeot Citroen fall more than 11% after General Motors sells the 7% stake in the French carmaker that it bought last year.
Twitter scraps blocking changes
Twitter backtracks on changes it made to how people block abusive users, less than a day after they were introduced.
Ex-Google lawyer made US patent boss
Google's former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America's patent and trademark office (USPTO).
Beatles rarities to be released
The Beatles are to release 59 rare and unheard recordings in a bid to stop copyright protection expiring.
Whitehall named 'king of comedy'
Jack Whitehall, Miranda Hart and Paul Whitehouse are among the big winners at the British Comedy Awards.
Data to expose 'sleeping ice giant'
Scientists have finally begun mapping one of the least explored regions of Antarctica - the Recovery Catchment.
Jupiter moon spouts water into space
Giant plumes of water may be spouting from Jupiter's icy moon Europa - one of the likeliest places to find alien life in the Solar System.
Global cancer cases reach 14 million
The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.
Pakistan polio attacks - three dead
Gunmen shoot dead two policemen providing security to a polio team in Pakistan, while a polio worker is killed in a separate attack.
Smith ton leads Australia recovery
Steve Smith's unbeaten century helps Australia recover to 326-6 at the end of day one of the third Ashes Test against England in Perth.
Vettel 'favourite' despite new rules
Mark Webber says ex-Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start 2014 as favourite to win a fifth straight world title.
The revenge porn avengers
When a group of young women from Texas found pictures of themselves on a revenge porn website, they decided to fight back.
Five sports played at the Southeast Asian Games
The Southeast Asian Games officially began on Wednesday in Myanmar, although competition got under way last week. It features some sports you may not have seen before.
Congo peace deal 'signed in Kenya'
The Democratic Republic of Congo's president has signed a peace deal with the M23 rebel movement his forces defeated last month, Kenya's presidential spokesman says.
Bangladesh Islamist leader buried
The Bangladesh Islamist leader executed on Thursday after his conviction for atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence is buried in his home town.
Two policemen shot dead in Moscow
An anti-extortion operation in Moscow has ended in the deaths of two police officers after the suspects open fire, Russian media report.
Mexico Congress approves energy bill
The Mexican Congress approves legislation that opens the oil and gas sector to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years, despite protests from opposition lawmakers.
Syria chemical arms 'probably used'
Chemical weapons were "probably used" at five out of seven sites in Syria investigated by UN experts, their report says.
US woman guilty in cliff push death
A woman in the US state of Montana pleads guilty to second-degree murder, admitting she shoved her husband off a cliff eight days into their marriage.
Ministers hail fall in gang violence
A new report highlights a fall in levels of youth violence but campaigners say the government needs to do more to tackle gangs.
A&E units miss four-hour target
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time for the first time this winter, figures show.
Prince Harry reaches South Pole
Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers in the Walking With The Wounded expedition arrive at the South Pole, organisers say.
Nigella 'lied in court', PA says
A former personal assistant of Nigella Lawson on trial for defrauding the TV cook and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi accuses them of lying in court.
Day in pictures: 12 December 2013
24 hours of news photos: 12 December 2013
Winter storm hits Syrian refugees
Winter storm worsens plight of Syrian refugees
Your pictures: Statues
Readers' photos on the theme of statues
In pictures: Kiribati, Cook Is. & Tonga
The journey in the Pacific Islands
Day in pictures: 11 December 2013
24 hours of news photos: 11 December
In pictures: Kashmir's 'half-widows'
Women whose husbands disappeared in Kashmir
In pictures: Tidal surge aerial view
An aerial view of Norfolk coast
In pictures: The Art of Building 2013
Shortlisted entries for this year's competition
How to pronounce Qunu and Mandela?s middle name
Why you may be mispronouncing Nelson Mandela's name
Bitcoin: Price v hype
How much of virtual currency's worth is down to hype?
VIDEO: Are schools in lockdown America overreacting?
Are US schools panicking or well-prepared for mass shootings?
Arab Spring: 10 unpredicted outcomes
How the Arab Spring turned out in 10 unexpected ways
Bangladesh hanging risks derailing elections
The execution threatening to derail Bangladesh
Why CAR has descended into violence
Enmity between Muslims and Christians as CAR crisis grows
Lessons from Newtown killings
How Newtown remembers 20 murdered children
The technology aiming to help refugees
The technology aiming to help refugees
VIDEO: Out of Africa and into American homes
The photographer who changed US perceptions of a continent
How a love of colour bred success
The fashion designer whose love of bright colours helped her stand out
Quiz of the week's news
Which rock legend's guitar was sold for $1m?
Wilders sees European elections chance
Gavin Hewitt meets anti-immigration outcast Geert Wilders
Syria crisis: Time to rethink a future with Assad?
Rise of jihadists prompting rethink over getting rid of Assad