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North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report.
The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.
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.
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.
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.
President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend of attacks by men heard shouting Islamic slogans.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.
The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
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.
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".
A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report.
Catalonia's President Artur Mas is placed under formal investigation for his role in the Spanish region's unofficial vote on independence.
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.
Iggy Azalea denies having a secret sex tape after hackers threaten to release a recording of the rapper.
A massive €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes brings joy to thousands in Spain's famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) lottery.
The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies, tops the US box office.
The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
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.
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.
China says 700 troops are ready to be deployed to South Sudan to bolster a UN peacekeeping force in the world's newest state.
Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.
A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
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.
Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.
Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.
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.
Several pedestrians have been killed after a bin lorry crashed into a group of people in George Square in Glasgow city centre.
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
Alstom has agreed to pay £772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice.
Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.
Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence.
Sami Hyypia leaves his role as manager of Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion after a run of one win in 18 league games.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says he needed seven staples for a head injury suffered in Sunday's draw with Arsenal.
British NFL player Menelik Watson donates his match payment to the family of an ill four-year-old girl.
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
Jessie Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist comes top of a public vote to be named Specsavers Book of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Harding returns to Aceh 10 years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami struck to see how things have changed.
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.
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.
A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.
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.
With some experts forecasting the diminution of diamond reserves in as little as 20 years, Botswana must look to diversify its export industry.
Sex-slavery trauma of Yazidis seized by Islamic State
BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on
His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers
A selection of news images from around the world
The Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit
Why American sports refuse to relegate the worst teams
Germany's drive to promote more women in business
The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes
Tim Burton on the art fraud that shocked America