• Thai opposition to boycott elections
Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party is to boycott snap elections called to resolve a political crisis sparked by weeks of street protests.
• S Sudan evacuation aircraft fired on
Four US service personnel are wounded as aircraft involved in evacuating US citizens come under fire in the spreading South Sudan conflict.
• Investigation vow on Lockerbie 25th
The UK, US and Libyan governments vow to work together to reveal "the full facts" of the Lockerbie bombing as memorial services are held.
• French chateau sale ends in tragedy
A Chinese billionaire and three others are feared dead in a helicopter crash that happened as he was surveying his newly-purchased French vineyard.
• Astronauts start urgent pump repair
Astronauts at the International Space Station complete the first of a series of spacewalks to carry out urgent repairs to the cooling system.
• Freed Khodorkovsky reunited with son
Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been reunited with his son in Berlin after being freed from a decade in jail, his spokeswoman says.
• Turkish ministers' sons charged
The sons of two Turkish government ministers and the head of the state-owned bank are charged in connection with a huge corruption investigation.
• Morsi to face third criminal trial
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will face a third criminal trial, over his breakout from prison in 2011.
• China denounces Japan military plans
China accuses Japan of using concerns about its national security for military expansion, days after Tokyo announced a rise in defence spending.
• Bomb attack kills officers in Iraq
The commander of an Iraqi army division and other senior officers are killed in a bomb attack during an operation against Islamist militants in Anbar province.
• Twitter storm over Aids comment
A US public relations executive provokes a storm of online protest for writing a Twitter comment about Aids in Africa.
• Broadcaster David Coleman dies at 87
Veteran BBC sports presenter David Coleman, who covered 11 Olympic Games and six football World Cups, has died aged 87.
• Anglicans to face Vatican batsmen
The head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, accepts a challenge from the Vatican to play their first ever cricket match.
• Cool box saves Australian fishermen
Rescuers find two Australian men clinging to a cool box in the sea 15 hours after their boat capsizes off New South Wales.
• VIDEO: The Pope Francis phenomenon
In the nine months since becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church, BBC Newsnight looks at how Pope Francis has vigorously set about modernising the Church.
• VIDEO: Syrian refugees struggle at Christmas
The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Beirut in Lebanon as thousands of Christian Syrian refugees celebrate Christmas with an uncertain future.
• VIDEO: NY maids protest at Indian consulate
Domestic workers who were exploited and abused in the US by foreign diplomats have held a rally outside the Indian consulate in New York.
• VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
• VIDEO: Revisiting Gaddafi's former home
Ahmed Maher has been back to Tripoli to ask Libyans if they feel there has been any progress in their country.
• VIDEO: Ex-soldiers jailed for mosque attack
Two ex-soldiers who firebombed a Grimsby mosque after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby have each been jailed for six years.
• VIDEO: Crisis talks in South Sudan continue
The US is to send a special envoy to South Sudan to help broker talks in a bid to end clashes which have left hundreds dead.
• VIDEO: Surge in Arab sectarian violence
One of the dominant issues to emerge in three years of Arab uprisings across the Middle East has been the divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
• 2014 'breakthrough year' says Obama
Citing stronger growth figures, US President Barack Obama says 2014 will be a 'breakthrough year' for the US economy.
• Wall Street Market Report
Wall Street Market Report
• Blackberry agrees Foxconn tie-up
Smartphone maker Blackberry loses $4.4bn as it agrees a five-year deal with Foxconn, the world's largest maker of electronic products and components.
• Murdoch buys Irish social media firm
Rupert Murdoch's media company NewsCorp buys Storyful, an Irish "social media news agency".
• First theatre safety checks complete
Initial safety checks at the Apollo Theatre in London, where scores of people were injured after part of a ceiling collapsed, are completed.
• Sisters cleared of Nigella fraud
Nigella Lawson says she is "disappointed but unsurprised" that two sisters who worked as her personal assistants have been cleared of fraud.
• Neanderthals 'could speak like us'
An analysis of a Neanderthal's hyoid bone - a horseshoe shaped bone in the neck - suggests the species could speak in much the same way as modern humans do.
• 'Billion-star mapper' lifts off
Europe sends its Gaia mission into orbit to map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars.
• Youth-drug can 'reverse' ageing
US Scientists have performed a dramatic reversal of the ageing process in animal studies, by using a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice.
• IVF success rate 'could be doubled'
Researchers claim a new genetic screening method could raise the IVF success rate to 60% or more.
• Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City
Liverpool go top of the league after a win over a Cardiff side with doubts over the future of manager Malky Mackay.
• Fulham 2-4 Manchester City
• Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum
Classical scholars hope that digital technology will enable them to read ancient scrolls recovered from Herculaneum, which was buried in volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago.
• 52 weeks 52 questions, part one
The first of the Magazine's four-part compilation of the best of the year's quizzes, covering January - March 2013. PLUS a special bonus question each day.
• Uganda gays face life in prison
Uganda's parliament passes a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life in jail and force people to report gay activities.
• Four dead in Manila airport shooting
Gunmen kill four people, including the mayor of a southern town, at Manila airport in the Philippines, the airport manager says.
• NSA leaks: Spying targets revealed
The US NSA and Britain's GCHQ monitored the communications of an EU commissioner, UN humanitarian organisations and the Israeli PM, reports say.
• Mexican president signs energy law
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto signs a law that changes the constitution to allow foreign companies to drill for oil and gas for the first time since 1938.
• UK doctor's family visit morgue
The mother of a British doctor who died in a Syrian prison visits a morgue in Beirut where her son's body was taken.
• Obama hints at rethink on NSA spying
US President Barack Obama suggests a possible review of NSA surveillances but declines to say if leaker Edward Snowden may be offered an amnesty.
• Fire closes Chessington theme park
The Chessington World of Adventures theme park in Surrey is closed after a fire at a cafe.
• Hunt 'crazy' to call hospital bosses
It is "crazy" for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to personally call hospital bosses who miss A&E targets, the health regulator for England says.
• Apollo fire crews set to be axed
Three fire stations which sent crews to attend the Apollo Theatre after part of the ceiling collapsed are set for closure in the new year.
• Police: No action over Nigella drugs
TV cook Nigella Lawson will not be investigated over claims during the trial of her two former personal assistants that she took cocaine, police say.
• Day in pictures: 20 December 2013
24 hours of news photos: 20 December
• In pictures: Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse
London's Apollo Theatre where ceiling collapsed
• Your pictures: Christmas
Readers' photos on the theme of Christmas
• Day in pictures: 19 December 2013
24 hours of news photos: 19 December
• Ronnie Biggs: Life in pictures of Great Train Robber
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has died
• In pictures: Peter O'Toole
Legendary actor dies aged 81
• Day in pictures: 18 December 2013
24 hours of news photos: 18 December
• Week in pictures: 7-13 December 2013
7-13 December 2013
• The Michelangelo of 3D nipple tattoos
The tattoo artist helping women after breast cancer
• The wine drought that never was
Should we fear reports of a looming global wine shortage?
• Italy's 'abandoned' Riace Bronzes back on show in Calabria
Fine ancient Greek statues on show again in Italy
• The rise of Sriracha chilli sauce
How a Thai chilli sauce conquered the US
• 52 weeks 52 questions, part two
Part two of our bumper annual news quiz
• How safe is London's Theatreland?
Safety of London's Theatreland under the spotlight
• Week in pictures: 14-20 December 2013
A selection of the best news images from around the world
• 10 things we didn't know last week
Penguins move like traffic jams, and nine more news nuggets
• What fate awaits Khodorkovsky?
What fate awaits Mikhail Khodorkovsky?