N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

North Korea urges a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

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

Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US, but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.

Russians 'will not cave in' to West

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Four militants killed in Saudi raid

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.

Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Scotland's top prosecutor reaffirms his belief that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is guilty of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing.

Antarctic science archive unlocked

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Cairns children's mother arrested

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.

Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban'

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tightened against possible Taliban reprisals for prisoner executions, officials say.

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola

Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates.

US-Cuba deal has vocal critics

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Not everyone is happy with the news that the US and Cuba are working toward normalised diplomatic relations. Critics worry that the US gave away too much and will weaken allies around the globe.

Capturing black life on Instagram

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

The Instagram photographer is chronicling protests following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Defending Sony's 'cowardly act'

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

After Sony is harshly criticised on Twitter for pulling The Interview from theatres, some writers are coming to the studio's defence.

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.

What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?

VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz

Xi Jinping and his China Dream

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".

VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.