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Sony 'will not drop' N Korea film
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:59:45 GMT - Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.
Obama orders ban on Crimea trade
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:44:36 GMT - President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.
Antarctic science archive unlocked
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:32 GMT - Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Cairns children's mother arrested
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:10 GMT - Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
Israel launches Gaza air strike
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:08:05 GMT - 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
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:43 GMT - Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
Michael Phelps admits drink-driving
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:40 GMT - US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:38 GMT - Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.
Turkey issues warrant for Gulen
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:08 GMT - Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT - The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
Liberia holds Ebola-postponed poll
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:16:50 GMT - Voters in Liberia are set to go to the polls in an election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah facing the president's son.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:10:15 GMT - The UN General Assembly approves a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon millions of dollars in compensation for an oil spill.
VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT - 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: Spectacular spire climb filmed
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:13 GMT - Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.
VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:41:31 GMT - Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
VIDEO: One-minute World News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:42:20 GMT - Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:02:34 GMT - A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.
VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:29:47 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:44:17 GMT - Ennio Morricone talks to Will Gompertz about his career in music - and about why he regrets not composing for Clint Eastwood's films.
VIDEO: Testing Skype's real-time translator
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:16:02 GMT - Microsoft has launched a test version of the Skype Translator which decodes conversations in Spanish and English in near real time.
VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:16 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:20 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:35:04 GMT - The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.
VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:20 GMT - 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?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:30 GMT - 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?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:39:55 GMT - Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
Picture power: Doused with milk
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT - Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.
Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:58 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:56:57 GMT - Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.
Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT - Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Blackberry in revenue slide
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:23 GMT - Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.
Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:21 GMT - BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.
Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT - 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.
SXSW sued by crash victims' families
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:43 GMT - The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers.
LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT - A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:45 GMT - One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
Cook timing naughty, says Harmison
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:31 GMT - The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison.
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Bayern Munich
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:56 GMT - Arjen Robben's last-minute winner ensures German leaders Bayern Munich end a successful 2014 with a win at Mainz.
Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:09:27 GMT - 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?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:45:08 GMT - 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
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT - Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT - A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Belarus moves to protect currency
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT - Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT - 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'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT - 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
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT - 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
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:05:15 GMT - 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.
Migration system 'in intensive care'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:43:32 GMT - A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.
Murder attempt suspect freed in error
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:27:56 GMT - A teenager suspected of attempted murder has been released from prison by mistake, prompting a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Booking.com fraud network revealed
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:39:11 GMT - Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT - Images from around the world: 18 December
Your pictures of the year 2014
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT - A selection of the best readers' photos
In pictures: US-Cuban relations
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT - Story of Cuba's relationship with the US
Picture power: Under the dress
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT - Actress America Ferrera red-faced
In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:29 GMT - Families have begun burying their dead
Picture power: A scar on the landscape
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:56:57 GMT - Brazil's worst drought in 80 years
Day in pictures: 16 December 2014
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:41:30 GMT - Images from around the world: 16 December
In pictures: Peshawar school attack
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:48:19 GMT - Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar
How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:19:56 GMT - How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs - in one night
Teaching winter to new US refugees
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:55 GMT - How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice
Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:25:13 GMT - Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine
Kashmir: Widows of conflict
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:06 GMT - Kashmir's widows carry the scars of conflict
Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT - The best news photos from around the world
'Depression and Christmas just don't go'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:49:58 GMT - How one woman deals with her mental health at Christmas
Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:47 GMT - Find the country that matches your drinking habits
Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:02:13 GMT - Exclusive: Inside Iraq air base as Islamic State closes in
Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:43:42 GMT - The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre
Does this 90-year-old photo show the world's first 'selfie stick'?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:27:16 GMT - Family photo reveals 2014's hot gadget already in use in 1920s
De-radicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:01 GMT - Deradicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis
Mosul diaries: Poisoned by water
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:09:12 GMT - Residents of IS-run Mosul sick from drinking the river
Defending Sony's 'cowardly act'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:27:39 GMT - Rebutting Sony’s Twitter critics

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