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Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.
The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.
European Parliament backs Palestinian bid for statehood
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media.
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations, media reports say.
Striking images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.
A guide to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures
The US and Cuba announce a prisoner swap involving the release of American Alan Gross and three Cubans, marking a major shift in US-Cuba relations.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will spend Christmas with Boston Red Sox in a bid to speed up his return from a thigh injury.
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.
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
Somaliland seizes more than 51 Yemeni boats and an Egyptian ship for fishing illegally in its waters, a Somaliland official tells the BBC.
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.
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children.
Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.
Families have begun burying their dead