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Growth of short holiday lets alarms Paris authorities
Peace talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels, due to take place in Minsk, have been called off, Belarusian officials say.
Australia captain Steven Smith guides the hosts to 259-5 on the opening day of the third Test against India.
The BBC's Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar looks back at how the world responded to the crisis in West Africa.
Tokyo market report
Lampard set to extend Man City loan, Liverpool and Arsenal chase Milner, Mourinho praises Allardyce plus more.
An attack on a power plant in Libya leaves at least 19 soldiers dead, while a rocket strikes a Libyan oil terminal in a separate incident.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his side have not given up on winning the Premier League title this season.
The Christmas Day announcement that parcel delivery firm City Link had gone into administration was "disgraceful", a union says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled New Year holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
More than four in 10 cancers - 600,000 in the UK alone - could be prevented if people led healthier lives, say experts.
Former political prisoner and now politician Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Jonah Fisher about the forthcoming general election in Myanmar.
Ukraine's football champions Shakhtar Donetsk have had to flee their home, which is at the centre of the conflict in the east of the country.
Footballers play on despite Ukraine conflict
Tennis ace Roger Federer on why he isn't one
Parcel delivery company City Link, which employs 2,727 people, goes into administration, with a warning of redundancies in the coming days.
African Union troops regain control of their base in the Somali capital Mogadishu after an al-Shabab attack that killed three peacekeepers.
Father and daughter rebuild their lives after tsunami grief
Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say.
Police in Sweden say an arsonist set fire to a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people.