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VIDEO: Putin cancels government holidays

December 25, 2014 - 11:36pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled New Year holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.

Life choices 'behind many cancers'

December 25, 2014 - 9:40pm
More than four in 10 cancers - 600,000 in the UK alone - could be prevented if people led healthier lives, say experts.

VIDEO: Suu Kyi still fighting for change

December 25, 2014 - 9:40pm
Former political prisoner and now politician Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Jonah Fisher about the forthcoming general election in Myanmar.

VIDEO: Ukraine football stars' new home

December 25, 2014 - 7:18pm
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.

Ukraine crisis rocks Shakhtar future

December 25, 2014 - 7:18pm
Footballers play on despite Ukraine conflict

Federer: I will not be a pushy parent

December 25, 2014 - 7:06pm
Tennis ace Roger Federer on why he isn't one

City Link goes into administration

December 25, 2014 - 6:18pm
Parcel delivery company City Link, which employs 2,727 people, goes into administration, with a warning of redundancies in the coming days.

AU troops killed in al-Shabab attack

December 25, 2014 - 4:28pm
African Union troops regain control of their base in the Somali capital Mogadishu after an al-Shabab attack that killed three peacekeepers.

Rebuilding lives after tsunami grief

December 25, 2014 - 3:51pm
Father and daughter rebuild their lives after tsunami grief

Saudi women drivers in terror trial

December 25, 2014 - 2:34pm
Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say.

Mosque set on fire in Sweden

December 25, 2014 - 1:48pm
Police in Sweden say an arsonist set fire to a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people.

Justice at risk as Pakistan rushes convicts to the gallows

December 25, 2014 - 12:46pm
Is Pakistan executing victims of injustice in its rush to punish?

VIDEO: Pope highlights plight of war

December 25, 2014 - 12:29pm
Pope Francis emphasises the plight of victims of war, particularly in Iraq and Syria, in his traditional Christmas blessing.

VIDEO: Schoolgirl on escape from Boko Haram

December 25, 2014 - 12:14pm
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.

Boy, 16, arrested for Erdogan insult

December 25, 2014 - 12:02pm
Police in Turkey arrest a 16-year-old student on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reports say.

Libya militia clashes leave 19 dead

December 25, 2014 - 11:09am
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.

Queen sends reconciliation message

December 25, 2014 - 10:47am
The Queen uses her annual Christmas Day broadcast to highlight the importance of reconciliation between opposing sides.

Father urges IS to free Jordan pilot

December 25, 2014 - 10:14am
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.

VIDEO: 'My son was tortured for months'

December 25, 2014 - 10:10am
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.

VIDEO: N Korea comedy screened in US

December 25, 2014 - 9:03am
Sony Pictures is distributing its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release.