Mandela daughter recalls final hours
Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe tells the BBC about the former president's "wonderful" final moments, with the whole family around him.
Police dismantle Kiev protest camps
Ukrainian police begin dismantling Kiev protest camps, in a stand-off following weeks of demonstrations over government dealings with the EU.
France begins to disarm CAR militias
French soldiers start taking weapons from fighters in the Central African Republic - and briefly trade fire with armed men unwilling to disarm.
Syria army holds Damascus-Homs road
Syrian government forces are reported to have taken control of the motorway linking Damascus with the city of Homs, as well as the nearby town of Nabak.
N Korea images show aide's removal
North Korea broadcasts dramatic images of the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-un being removed from a party meeting, confirming reports of his dismissal.
Thai PM Yingluck calls election
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election, after sustained protests in Bangkok.
Russian news agency closed down
President Vladimir Putin abolishes the country's state-owned news agency RIA Novosti in a surprise decree.
Singapore riot: PM urges restraint
Singapore leader Lee Hsien Loong urges the public not to "tarnish" their view of migrants after a rare riot sparked by the death of an Indian national.
Indonesia train in deadly collision
A commuter train collides with a vehicle in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, causing parts of the train to burst into flames.
Somalia aid bodies 'paid al-Shabab'
Aid agencies paid Somalia's al-Shabab militants for access to areas under their control during the 2011 famine, two think tanks say.
Kuwaitis cleared of parliament raid
Seventy opposition activists, including nine former MPs, are acquitted of storming the parliament building in the Gulf state of Kuwait two years ago.
DiCaprio in race for electric cars
Film star and "green" campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio is to enter a team in the new Formula E motor racing series, which aims to boost electric car sales.
Facebook develops 'sympathise' button
Facebook develops a "sympathise" button that users could click instead of the "like" button.
Mystery of bizarre mounds solved
The mystery of one of the strangest landscape features on the planet - Mima mounds - is solved, scientists say.
US citizen home after N Korea ordeal
US citizen Merrill Newman arrives in San Francisco after being released by North Korea after more than a month in detention there.
Tech firms seek surveillance reform
Eight leading technology firms including Google and Facebook call for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.
Brazil football season's violent end
Three people are injured in a brawl at a football match in southern Brazil in a violent end to Brazil's football league season.
Venezuela governing party leads poll
Venezuela's governing United Socialist Party wins the greatest share of the vote in Sunday's local elections, the National Electoral Council says.
Egypt's Brotherhood leader in court
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie appears in court in Egypt for the first time since his arrest in August.
Egypt recovers ancient stolen statue
Egyptian police recover an ancient statue of Tutankhamun's sister and wife, stolen during unrest in August.
US defence chief meets Pakistan PM
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel holds talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.
Philippine power-sharing deal hailed
Philippine President Benigno Aquino hails a power-sharing deal with key Muslim rebels but warns "contentious" issues still need to be resolved.
Italy's Renzi wins landslide on left
Matteo Renzi resoundingly wins the leadership of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party, making him a leading candidate to be the next prime minister.
Sacred Hopi artefacts sold in Paris
Sacred artefacts from the Hopi native American tribe go under the hammer at a Paris auction, despite US objections.
Iraq cafe car bomb kills many
A car bomb near a cafe in central Iraq kills at least 11, officials say, while eight more people die in unrelated attacks in and around Baghdad.
UN inspectors visit Iran plant
Inspectors from the UN's nuclear agency visit the Arak heavy water production plant for the first time in more than two years.
Rigby killer 'a soldier of Allah'
A man admits in court that he killed soldier Lee Rigby but says it was not murder because "I am a soldier of Allah" and "this is a war".
Clutha: No mechanical fault found
Investigators find no evidence of engine or gearbox failure in the police helicopter which crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow, killing nine people.
EADS confirms 5,800 job losses
Aerospace and defence giant EADS says it will cut 5,800 jobs as a fall in governments' military spending begins to bite.
World's largest airline created
American Airlines and US Airways complete their long awaited merger to launch the world's biggest airline.
Bank of France ups growth forecast
The French economy will grow by 0.5% in the final three months of the year, says the country's central bank.
Ronaldo, Ribery & Messi on shortlist
Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi are named on the final shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d'Or.
England facing annihilation - Boycott
England lack the "desire and heart" to compete with Australia in the Ashes, says former batsman Geoffrey Boycott.
We must look into our souls - Cook
England captain Alastair Cook insists his side can fight back despite going 2-0 down after another emphatic Ashes defeat.
Frozen snowballs Hunger Games in US
Disney animation Frozen topples Hunger Games: Catching Fire on the US box office chart in its second week of release.
Tulisa charged with drugs offence
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is to be charged "with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs", the Crown Prosecution Service confirms.
Paul Walker fans hold memorial rally
Thousands of friends, fans and car enthusiasts attend a special car rally and memorial in honour of late Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker.
VIDEO: Typhoon street re-builds one month on
Four weeks ago a typhoon ripped through the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, claiming lives, destroying homes and ruining livelihoods.
VIDEO: Singapore bus death sparks riot
Police in Singapore have made 27 arrests after hundreds of people took part in a riot sparked by the death of an Indian national.
VIDEO: Drone's eye view of Thailand rally
The BBC's Jonathan Head describes the scene at a protest rally in the Thai capital Bangkok, as the BBC's drone aerial camera captures the view from above.
VIDEO: VW Kombi: The end of the road
Volkswagen is to stop making the Kombi and a motoring era is coming to an end.
VIDEO: Techno toys climb the Christmas list
Toys are increasingly being marketed for adults as well as children and with Christmas approaching, it is predicted to be an exceptionally profitable year for manufacturers.
VIDEO: Priests bless riot police in Kiev
Ukraine's president has issued a statement agreeing to round-table talks with the opposition after two weeks of mass demonstrations.
VIDEO: Mandela daughter: 'Family there at end'
The daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela has spoken in an exclusive broadcast interview with the BBC about the moment her father passed away.
VIDEO: Deadly train collision in Indonesia
A commuter train has collided with a truck carrying gas canisters in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.
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VIDEO: Kadir Nelson's Mandela New Yorker cover
Artist Kadir Nelson on how he approached a painting challenge
Five Lenins in unexpected places
Five statues of Lenin where you would least expect them
Profile: Florence mayor Matteo Renzi
Matteo Renzi vows to shake up left and win power
US veteran aims to be Afghan sole trader
The US veteran and his flip-flop factory for Afghanistan
Nelson Mandela: his economic legacy
What economic legacy did he leave for South Africa?
Is piracy possible on any object?
Could everything from kids' toys to Aston Martins be pirated?
Why don't French books sell abroad?
Are French authors too intellectual for English-speaking readers?
How I learned to love the sari
Learning to wear nine yards of colourful swishing silk