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Former US President George Bush Senior has been taken to hospital after suffering from a shortness of breath, his spokesman says.
The market for vintage cars is booming as wealthy investors seek more unusual places to invest their money.
The US president welcomes a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea - which had been pulled following a cyber-attack and threats - in some US cinemas.
A global arms trade treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar business comes into force - a move hailed as "a new chapter" by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has spent over $160m fighting fake goods on its websites over the last two years.
Turkish town cherishes St Nicholas as local hero
Why do rare diamonds change colour?
Asian shares opened higher on Wednesday, taking the lead from Wall Street where shares closed at a record level overnight.
The new Archbishop of Canterbury has made an impressive start, says Caroline Wyatt - but his work has only just begun.
The boat that landed on a house and saved 59 people
Counter-terrorism police in Sydney arrest two men, and charge one with possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack.
Stories behind moments that captured 2014
Who were the winners of 2014?
Four bizarre festive calamities from the Victorian era
Life for the boys of King's College choir at Christmas
Alan Wakefield from the Imperial War Museums showed Robert Hall some of the home comforts enjoyed by British soldiers during Christmas 1914.
An appeal fund for the victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash will open later as the city continues to come to terms with the tragedy.
During 2014 in business and economics, the shine seemed to come off a multitude of big ideas which had seemed until recently unstoppable.
Ten million householders who use pre-payment energy meters should be able to postpone their debt, says the charity Citizens Advice.
David Cameron speaks of the UK's "Christian values" as Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg also release Christmas messages.