• Putin insists rouble will stabilise
President Vladimir Putin insists Russia's under-fire currency will stabilise, but warns the country's economic crisis could last two years.
• Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
• Dismay at Sony film cancellation
Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.
• 'Vast store' of world's oldest water
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.
• Swiss interest rates turn negative
Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce a negative interest rate for cash deposits of more than $1m.
• Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU
Obesity can constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
• Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens'
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.
• US boy's 1944 conviction overturned
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.
• North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
• Myanmar trial over 'Buddha insult'
A New Zealander and two Burmese men go on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event.
• Palestinian peace plan put before UN
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.
• Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm'
Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.
• VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.
• VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014
As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.
• VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
• VIDEO: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?
BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response.
• VIDEO: Mass tango for Pope's birthday
Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
• VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy
A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.
• VIDEO: Female bishop on 'unexpected joy'
The Church of England's first female bishop says she is "honoured and thankful" to be given the role.
• VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
• What did UK know about CIA practices?
Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA.
• Cuba's economy set to get a boost
The Cuban embargo is the US's longest-running trade sanction. With the move by US President Barack Obama to ease some of the provisions, how will Cuba's economy change?
• Watch list questions over Sydney gunman
Questions mount over why the Sydney siege gunman was not being monitored more closely, by security agencies or the courts, reports the BBC's Wendy Frew.
• What is behind the US-Cuba thaw?
After the announcement of a "historic shift" in US-Cuba relations, how will the lives of Cubans change and how will the changes be received in Cuba and the US?
• TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.
• Picture power: Under the dress
Benoit Tessier captures a moment that left actress America Ferrera red-faced.
• George III drawing is uncovered
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.
• Couples tango for Pope in Rome
Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
• Sony cancels The Interview release
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
• VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.
• New Blackberry 'back to its roots'
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers.
• Google considers data risk warnings
Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.
• Bill Cosby will not face LA charges
Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.
• Big Red Dog creator Bridwell dies
US illustrator Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog books, dies at the age of 86.
• Philae comet landing 'all a blur'
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.
• Festival lights viewed from space
Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.
• Autism link to air pollution raised
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.
• Drug allergy: Culprit protein found
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.
• Tests claim Ebosse died from beating
New post-mortem tests claims Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating rather than being hit by a projectile thrown by fans.
• Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
• The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war
Diana Darke returned from London to Syria recently to reclaim her house from profiteers who had moved in - she found her neighbours in Damascus coping surprisingly well despite the war.
• What's behind growing gun support in US?
Two years on from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, a survey finds growth in support of gun rights.
• 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.
• Two Kenyan runners fail drug tests
Two Kenyan runners, Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo, have failed drug tests and been banned for two years, Athletics Kenya says.
• China village 'shuns' boy with HIV
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
• EU leaders focus on investment boost
EU leaders are to consider ways to unlock billions of euros of investment and policy on Russia, at a Brussels summit.
• Farc rebels declare unilateral truce
Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.
• Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'
The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
• Mumps outbreak hits US hockey teams
An outbreak of the highly-contagious disease mumps sweeps through teams in the US National Hockey League, with at least five affected.
• Councils braced for funding cuts
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.
• UK 'cannot block non-EU relatives'
The UK cannot block family members from outside the EU coming to the county without a travel permit, European judges rule.
• Police missed chances over Savile
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".
• UK using less energy, report finds
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
• 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
• 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
• Day in pictures: 15 December 2014
News images from around the world: 15 December
• In pictures: Sydney siege
Armed police seal off an area around a cafe
• The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
• VIDEO: The parents who never expected to see their child in a nativity play
The 49 children who made it to an unlikely nativity
• The boats of guns for hire against pirates
The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
• Last orders for LA British boozer
LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark
• The buildings that would have been impossible
The buildings that would once have been impossible
• 'Ringing' rock arches recorded
America's huge humming arches
• VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference
Artist's colourful search for identity
• Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
• VIDEO: The rise of 'selfie sticks'
A handy self-portrait device or a narcissistic vanity tool?