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N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe
North Korea urges a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home
Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Russians 'will not cave in' to West
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Four militants killed in Saudi raid
Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.

Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed
Scotland's top prosecutor reaffirms his belief that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is guilty of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing.

Antarctic science archive unlocked
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Cairns children's mother arrested
Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.

Obama orders ban on Crimea trade
President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.

Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban'
Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tightened against possible Taliban reprisals for prisoner executions, officials say.

Israel launches Gaza air strike
Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Colombia Farc truce follows killings
Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.

Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola
Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates.

VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders
Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.

VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.

VIDEO: 'Santas' join torch-lit hunt in woods
Mike Bushell joins a group of social runners in the woods.

VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed
Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.

VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory
A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.

VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time
It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

VIDEO: Morricone on Clint Eastwood regret
Ennio Morricone talks to Will Gompertz about his career in music - and about why he regrets not composing for Clint Eastwood's films.

VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?
Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz

Xi Jinping and his China Dream
As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".

Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control
The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar
The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.

What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?
With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?

Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence?
Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.

Picture power: Doused with milk
Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas
Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.

Nasa emails spanner into space
Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager
The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.

VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Sony 'will not drop' N Korea film
Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
David Silva scores twice as Manchester City join Chelsea at the top of the table with victory over Crystal Palace.

Steyn wraps up South Africa Test win
Fast bowler Dale Steyn claims 6-34 to help South Africa beat West Indies by an innings and 220 runs in the first Test.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?
Vladimir Putin accused the US and EU of conspiring to weaken Russia but he himself bears responsibility for the rouble crisis, writes Ben Judah.

Should students carry guns on campus?
In light of mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States, many say the lesson is to keep campuses gun-free. A growing number of students argue if they were allowed to carry guns at college, they'd feel safer.

Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.

Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.

Kenya leader signs tough security law
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail
A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

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.

Off-duty PC murder suspect arrested
A 28-year-old man is detained on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre.

Cook 'gutted' to miss World Cup
Alastair Cook is "disappointed" to be left out of England's World Cup squad after Eoin Morgan is named new one-day captain.

Millions shopping on 'Panic Saturday'
UK shoppers are expected to spend a record 1.2bn buying Christmas presents and groceries on what researchers are calling "Panic Saturday".

Hart still UK's most desirable place
The most desirable place to live in the UK is named as Hart in Hampshire where residents are found to be the healthiest and live the longest.

Day in pictures: 18 December 2014
Images from around the world: 18 December

Your pictures of the year 2014
A selection of the best readers' photos

In pictures: US-Cuban relations
Story of Cuba's relationship with the US

Picture power: Under the dress
Actress America Ferrera red-faced

In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath
Families have begun burying their dead

Picture power: A scar on the landscape
Brazil's worst drought in 80 years

Day in pictures: 16 December 2014
Images from around the world: 16 December

In pictures: Peshawar school attack
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs
How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs - in one night

Teaching winter to new US refugees
How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice

Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict
Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine

Kashmir: Widows of conflict
Kashmir's widows carry the scars of conflict

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014
The best news photos from around the world

'Depression and Christmas just don't go'
How one woman deals with her mental health at Christmas

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in
Exclusive: Inside Iraq air base as Islamic State closes in

Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?
The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre

Does this 90-year-old photo show the world's first 'selfie stick'?
Family photo reveals 2014's hot gadget already in use in 1920s

 
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