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N Korea berates Obama over film

50 min 23 sec ago
North Korea condemns US President Barack Obama over the release of the film The Interview, about a fictional plot to kill its leader Kim Jong-un.

VIDEO: Respects paid to Officer Ramos

December 26, 2014 - 11:31pm
A wake has been held for one of the two police officers killed while on duty in New York last Saturday.

VIDEO: Day of prisoner swaps in Ukraine

December 26, 2014 - 11:18pm
More prisoner exchanges are expected between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in the east - a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives.

Xbox and PlayStation tackle attacks

December 26, 2014 - 11:15pm
Xbox and PlayStation continue working to restore online services after suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group caused the outage.

Motorists stranded by snowfall

December 26, 2014 - 10:37pm
Dozens of coach passengers and drivers are left stranded in Yorkshire after snowfall sweeps parts of the UK.

Ukraine awaits fresh prisoner swaps

December 26, 2014 - 9:54pm
A new round of prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and pro-Russian eastern rebels is anticipated, a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives.

Abducted Mexican priest found dead

December 26, 2014 - 9:25pm
A Mexican priest who was kidnapped earlier this week is found shot dead in the south-western state of Guerrero.

Abdi and his Golden Ticket to the US

December 26, 2014 - 7:46pm
How a refugee entered a lottery and won a new life in the US

Russia refuses to have a gloomy New Year

December 26, 2014 - 7:40pm
How fish 'in a fur coat' is enough to make Russia's New Year happy

Snow falls amid weather warnings

December 26, 2014 - 7:11pm
Snow, sleet and rain fall in parts of the UK with one airport diverting flights, and forecasters warning of further travel disruption.

Giroud sorry for headbutt - Wenger

December 26, 2014 - 6:53pm
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud has apologised for his red card in the 2-1 win over QPR.

Two arrested over burglary attack

December 26, 2014 - 6:13pm
A man and a woman are arrested by police investigating a burglary in which an elderly couple were attacked, leaving them with serious injuries.

New York mourns murdered policeman

December 26, 2014 - 6:08pm
Hundreds of people have gathered in New York for the wake of one of two police officers shot by a man who then killed himself.

Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary

December 26, 2014 - 5:06pm
Memorial services are held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the disaster's 10th anniversary.

VIDEO: Georgian politicians brawl in parliament

December 26, 2014 - 5:04pm
A fight erupts in the Georgian parliament between ruling and opposition lawmakers.

VIDEO: Arrest warrant for Red Mosque Imam

December 26, 2014 - 4:57pm
A judge in Pakistan issues an arrest warrant for an imam at the Red Mosque in Islamabad, radical cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.

Belgium's 'Mr Europe' dies at 92

December 26, 2014 - 4:56pm
Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support at the first European elections earned him the nickname "Mr Europe", dies aged 92.

Ukraine and rebels trade prisoners

December 26, 2014 - 4:44pm
The Ukrainian government swaps scores of prisoners with rebels in the east, while freezing vital bus and rail links with Russian-held Crimea.

Pakistan orders arrest of cleric

December 26, 2014 - 4:25pm
A judge in Pakistan issues an arrest warrant for a radical imam who refused to condemn the Peshawar school massacre.

King's Cross trains cancelled for day

December 26, 2014 - 3:49pm
All trains to and from London King's Cross have been cancelled on Saturday because of overrunning engineering work, Network Rail says.