BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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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.
Is Pakistan executing victims of injustice in its rush to punish?
Pope Francis emphasises the plight of victims of war, particularly in Iraq and Syria, in his traditional Christmas blessing.
Deborah is one of the schoolgirls who managed to escape when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in April 2014 in northern Nigeria. She told the BBC about her escape and her plans for the future.
Police in Turkey arrest a 16-year-old student on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reports say.
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.
The Queen uses her annual Christmas Day broadcast to highlight the importance of reconciliation between opposing sides.
The father of a Jordanian pilot seized by Islamic State in Syria pleads with the militants to treat his son as a "guest" and release him.
Pakistan is to set-up military courts to speed-up terrorism-related cases, following the Peshawar school tragedy but there are fears that non terror cases may also be heard.
Sony Pictures is distributing its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release.