15 December 2014
Could a UN plan to freeze hostilities in the embattled city of Aleppo really be a fruitful first step towards reducing violence in Syria, asks the BBC's Lyse Doucet
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.
Fifa changes its mind and agrees to publish a "legally appropriate version" of a disputed report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption. BBC Sport
Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
Exclusive: Inside Iraq air base as Islamic State closes in
Residents of IS-run Mosul sick from drinking the river
The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre
Why Nigerians clamour for riches when a relative is elected
Deradicalising Sweden's neo-Nazis
A selection of news photos from around the world
The battle for guns at university
How Venezuelans are affected by falling oil prices
How local residents cope with Bangladesh oil spill
Cuba policy secures Obama a Latin legacy
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