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In pictures: India violence survivors flee homes

2 hours 53 sec ago
Survivors of India violence flee homes

St Louis shooting 'unlike Ferguson'

2 hours 5 min ago
The mayor of the US suburb where a police officer shot dead a black teenager says the death cannot be compared to that of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

VIDEO: Army chiefs vow anti-Taliban action

2 hours 8 min ago
The army chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to co-ordinate operations along their border, a week after Taliban fighters attacked a school in Peshawar.

Sony comedy The Interview opens

2 hours 25 min ago
The Sony Films comedy The Interview opens in some US cinemas and online, after a major cyber-attack and row over its release.

US lab worker monitored for Ebola

December 24, 2014 - 9:40pm
A US laboratory technician is being monitored after possible exposure to the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Christians gather in Bethlehem

December 24, 2014 - 9:32pm
Christians from across the world gather in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to mark Christmas Eve in the place they believe Jesus was born.

Viewpoint: Confrontation key to tackling violent extremism

December 24, 2014 - 9:08pm
What lies behind the rise in 2014 terror attacks?

Queen pays Christmas poppy tribute

December 24, 2014 - 9:00pm
The Queen will highlight the ceramic poppy tribute to World War 1 casualties, and those dealing with the Ebola disease, in her Christmas Day broadcast.

Brazil's hidden slavery past unveiled

December 24, 2014 - 8:13pm
Grim truths about slavery in Rio unearthed

Swiss monastery opens doors to asylum seekers

December 24, 2014 - 8:11pm
Swiss monastery opens doors to asylum seekers

How France has forgotten the Christmas truce soldiers

December 24, 2014 - 7:27pm
How France has forgotten the WW1 enemies who shook hands

Christmas 'not a fairytale' - Welby

December 24, 2014 - 7:12pm
Fairytale endings do not reflect the true spirit of the festive season, the Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to say in his Christmas Day sermon.

Pope Francis phones Iraqi refugees

December 24, 2014 - 6:50pm
Pope Francis speaks by telephone to Iraqi refugees in a camp near Irbil before celebrating Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's.

Spain's king condemns corruption

December 24, 2014 - 6:25pm
Spain's new King Felipe VI attacks corruption in his Christmas Eve address, but does not mention his sister's forthcoming tax fraud trial.

Archbishop cried with crash family

December 24, 2014 - 5:56pm
A Catholic clergyman describes how he cried with a woman who saw her daughter and parents die in a bin lorry crash which killed six people in Glasgow.

Ukraine peace talks in Minsk end

December 24, 2014 - 4:58pm
The latest round of Ukraine peace talks end in the Belarus capital Minsk with no indication of progress and uncertainty over when the next round will be.

Jordan plane 'not shot down by IS'

December 24, 2014 - 4:54pm
The Jordanian air force plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State militants, the US says.

Pakistan army to try terror suspects

December 24, 2014 - 4:08pm
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says new military courts will hear terrorism-related cases after an agreement between political parties.

VIDEO: Virginia's water-skiing Santa Claus

December 24, 2014 - 3:47pm
The annual water-skiing Santa event takes place on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

VIDEO: CCTV released after St Louis shooting

December 24, 2014 - 3:04pm
There has been unrest in Missouri, after a black teenager was shot dead by police, close to where another black youth, Michael Brown, was killed in August.