21 Dec 2014 Last updated at 04:14 GMT


BBC News - World

Tunisia rivals in poll dispute

Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi's camp claims victory in Tunisia's presidential election, but his rival says its too early to call.

Driver attacks French pedestrians

A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

US mulls putting NK on terror list

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Argentine court grants rights to ape

A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS

Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.

Obama condemns killings of NY police

President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.

Mother charged with Cairns murders

Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.

Pakistan carries out more executions

Pakistan hangs four convicts in the second set of executions since the death penalty was reinstated after the deadly Peshawar school massacre.

Muhammad Ali ill with pneumonia

Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France

Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.

Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'

Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.

VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs

BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.


20 arrested at megamall

A choir of protests echoed through the country's quintessential megamall, when a few hundred demonstrators from Black Lives Matter raised their voices at the Mall of America.



Ray Rice, fiancée nuzzled after punch?

Newly released footage shows the two in handcuffs after the February elevator fight in which former NFL player Ray Rice punched his then-fiancée, Janay.



New video: Elevator fight aftermath

New video showing the aftermath of Ray Rice's infamous punch shows Rice and Palmer kissiing after the altercation.



Lost ancient village rediscovered

The site of a lost ancient Chamorro village has been rediscovered in the Northern Jungles of Guam. KTGM reports.



Jail's camera rolls while clients ...

A county jail is under fire for security cameras recording private moments of clients using the toilet and dressing.



Photos: Everyday life in Cuba



Rahm Emanuel's son mugged

The 17-year-old son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of an assault and robbery, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN on Saturday.



4 from Gitmo sent to Afghanistan

The U.S. government has repatriated four more detainees from its military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, moving them to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Saturday.



Key Taliban commander killed

Pakistani security forces said they killed several Taliban insurgents in clashes in and around Peshawar on Saturday.



ISIS repulsed; refugee corridor open

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters claimed to take control Saturday of Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town that ISIS militants stormed this summer causing minority Yazidis to flee into nearby mountains and spawning a humanitarian crisis.



Shocking discovery in stolen car

Surveillance video shows a person walking away from a stolen car with a baby inside. CNN affiliate WLWT reports.



Authorities: Man stole $$$ to freeze wife

Federal authorities have accused a New York man of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars and using the misappropriated funds to pay for a lavish lifestyle -- luxury cars for himself and something a bit more unusual for his wife.



Mystery deep-sea fish discovered

A new species of fish that's translucent with wing-like fins and an eel-like tail was discovered in the Mariana Trench.



Army to launch 'blimps' over D.C.

The U.S. Army plans to launch two "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air to protect the Washington D.C. area from possible air attacks.



Dancer: Told I was the wrong color

Misty Copeland makes history as the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American soloist in two decades.



Behold, the atheist Ten Commandments

A contest crowdsourced a new set of "10 Commandments" for people who don't believe in God.



Cop-Killer Told Bystanders 'Watch What I'm Going to Do'

A man who fatally shot two New York police officers before killing himself told bystanders to "watch what I'm going to do" moments before the attack, according to police



NYPD Shooting Denounced by Families of Garner, Brown

"I'm standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers. That was definitely not our agenda. We are going in peace," Garner's mother Gwen Carr said.



10 Years on, Where Did All the Tsunami Debris Go?

The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up.



Watch the Moment When NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs on the Mayor

Video has been released of the moment when a group of uniformed police officers turn their backs towards Mayor Bill de Blasio after two police officers were shot.



Son Mourns NYPD Cop Shot Dead With Partner

The son of a policeman shot dead today in New York mourned for his dad, calling him the "best father I could ask for."



NYC Mayor de Blasio Criticized After Cop Killings

Union leaders say mayor has "blood on his hands."



In Hawaii, Obama Responds To NYPD Shooting

The commander-in-chief snags a little R&R.



Florida Authorities Say 1 Police Officer Shot and Killed

Florida authorities say a police officer has been shot and killed; suspect in custody



Rubio Calls Rand Paul 'Chief Cheerleader' of Obama Foreign Policy

Sen. Marco Rubio responded to criticism from fellow Republican and potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul over his position on Cuba, insisting today that he would oppose the ???Obama-Paul foreign policy,??? and referring to the Kentucky senator as ???chief cheerleader??? of the president???s overseas...



Documents: QB Winston Cleared in Conduct Hearing

Documents: Florida State QB Jameis Winston cleared of allegations in student conduct hearing



US Mulls Putting NKorea on Terrorism Sponsor List

Obama says US reviewing whether to return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism



Fox News channels go dark on Dish as contract talks stall

The absence of those channels marks the third major blackout for Dish subscribers in recent months.









Gamer pleads guilty to making emergency call to report Grand Theft Auto shooting

An allegedly "confused" gamer calls emergency services and says there's been a shooting at his house. He was actually describing the action in his "Grand Theft Auto" game.









Mike Myers, as Dr. Evil, mocks Sony and North Korea on SNL

Both the corporation and the nation have given evil organizations a bad name, says the comically malevolent doctor.









The Sony hack: 9 more things you didn't know

It was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Sony, and we learned even more as reporters sifted through a trove of stolen documents from the Hollywood studio.









The peculiar star of the Sony hack: Email

The massive hack has raised questions about First Amendment rights, privacy and cyberwarfare. But there's a subtler issue at play when we look at all the news stories that have come from hacked inboxes: Why do we put this stuff in email?









Make your own 'Star Wars' snowflakes (pictures)

Create a wintry tribute to Greedo, Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt and more with these downloadable snowflake patterns by artist Anthony Herrera.









Staples: Hack may have affected more than a million payment cards

The office supply chain says a breach that took place earlier this year gave attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.









North Korea denies it hacked Sony, demands joint inquiry with US

North Korea threatens "grave consequences" if the US doesn't agree to a joint investigation into the hack attack against Sony Pictures.









Lucasfilm ditches paper holiday cards for animated 'Star Wars' droids

For the first time in decades, Lucasfilm sends an animated holiday greeting rather than a collectible print card. The stars: crafty "Star Wars" droids R2-D2 and C1-10P Chopper.









'MythBusters' returns with new vibe, casting changes

Co-host Adam Savage and executive producer Dan Tapster reveal all about the next season of "MythBusters" and explain why Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci won't be returning.









'The Interview' Sony scandal explained in hilarious animations

Taiwanese Animators reenacts the facts behind news of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kim Jong-un, hackers and Sony Pictures with the weirdest animated videos yet.









Bitcoin bigwig goes to prison in Silk Road case

BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem is sentenced to two years prison time, despite asking to be let off free to "change the world."









Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking

North Korea has been blamed for one of the most destructive cyberattacks on a company in US history. It's just the latest in a string of hacks sanctioned and funded by governments.









Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)

It was a big year for space exploration, from rodeo-riding a comet to getting more familiar with Mars, distant planets and the beginning of it all.









The year in space: Rodeo-riding a comet and more

In 2014, humanity tagged a comet and became better acquainted with Mars and our place in the universe. Take a tour through the year in space.









Android lawsuit against Google too vague, says judge

A US district judge says she will likely dismiss the suit -- but she's giving the plaintiffs a chance to provide more facts to support their claim that Google stifles competition on Android devices.









I poured soy sauce all over my hydrophobic white shirt (hands-on)

A new all-cotton hydrophobic shirt from Threadsmiths runs a liquid gauntlet full of coffee, tea, soy sauce and wine.









Sony to release 'The Interview' after all?

Two days after saying it wouldn't release the controversial film, the movie maker now says it wants to offer customers a way to see it "on a different platform."