BBC World Service
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A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.
Best-selling novelist PD James, who created crime-fighting sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, dies at the age of 94.
Peter Kay is bringing back his hit TV show Phoenix Nights for two live shows in aid of Comic Relief.
Germany's unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.6%, but falling inflation has raised eurozone deflation fears.
At least 10 people are killed in a gun battle between Indian troops and suspected Pakistani militants in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Shock Treatment, the sequel to cult hit Rocky Horror Picture Show, is to be adapted for the stage in London.
Ukraine's new parliament meets for the first time, as the president says he intends to nominate a foreigner to lead the country's anti-corruption efforts.
Greek authorities have rescued over 700 migrants from a cargo ship which lost engine power in gale-force winds.
A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).
Two Frenchmen go on trial in Paris over a hit-and-run accident in which a young Israeli woman was killed by a speeding car in Tel Aviv in 2011.
A fast-food restaurant in the capital Tripoli is bombed overnight after a video showing a worker defiling food in its kitchen.
Thirteen men are convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls.
The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.
A one-month jail sentence is given to Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao for a headbutt in a French league fixture.
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.
Namibia woos young voters with electronic election
Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid.
Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.