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
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.
UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor tells the BBC.
Has the real war on terror finally started in Pakistan?
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
America's huge humming arches
The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark
Artist's colourful search for identity
A guide to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures
Watch list questions over Sydney siege gunman
A weekly round-up of global health stories from the BBC World Service.
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