David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants, saying he will "rule nothing out" if they fail.
After days of heavy rain, the UN declares a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war.
Pope Francis begins a trip to Turkey where he is expected to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight the plight of refugees in the Middle East.
Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for "Black Friday" offers.
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be unveiled later.
An online video which appears to show an Iranian woman defying Iran's strict laws by dancing publicly on the Tehran metro has gone viral.
The capital of China's restive region of Xinjiang will recruit 3,000 carefully vetted former soldiers as guards.
As part of the Rory Peck Awards, the 2014 special Sony Impact Prize went to Ben Steele for his documentary which investigates the Russian vigilantes intimidating the country's gay community.
South African opposition party leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs are suspended from parliament without pay for heckling the president.
The Indian economy grew at an annual pace of 5.3% in the three months to the end of September, down from 5.7% in the previous quarter.
Crude oil prices continue to fall in the wake of the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.
Police in Austria arrest 13 people suspected of radicalising young people and recruiting them to fight in Syria.
Japan's biggest paper retracts use of the term "sex slaves" for women who worked in World War Two army brothels, in a move likely to anger China and South Korea.
French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio is to be recreated at the New York Botanical Garden next year.
Frank Yablans, who ran Hollywood's Paramount film studio in the 1970s, dies at the age of 79.
The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%, suggesting that deflation remains a threat for the 18-nation bloc.
Italy suspends the use of two batches of a flu vaccine made by Swiss firm Novartis after four people died within 48 hours of receiving the drug.
Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy following international outrage over the largely unregulated trade.
The lowest ever number of winter deaths were recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.
A rapid 15-minute blood test for Ebola which researchers say would increase the chances of survival from the virus, is to be trialled in Guinea.
At least one person has died and three others are missing after torrential rain left homes and roads inundated on the French Riviera.
A level of calm has returned to Ferguson's streets following two nights of unrest.
England captain Alastair Cook says he feels safe despite Phillip Hughes's death and bouncers must not be outlawed.
Australians have been paying tribute to Phillip Hughes by putting their cricket bats outside their homes, as Phil Mercer reports.
Black Friday has long been the most important day of the year for the US retail sector.
Cricket Australia will hold an investigation into player safety following the death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
A huge clean-up operation is under way in the Australian city of Brisbane after it was hit by its worst storm in three decades.
Tourists from US, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan can now get visas on arrival in India after the country extended its limited scheme.
A huge clean-up is under way in Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland causing damage worth $A100m (£54m).
Namibians are voting to elect the country's new president and parliament - in what is the first electronic national election in Africa.
A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.
Australia is "weeping" at the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, says former opening batsman Michael Slater - as the country mourns.
A Siberian tiger, released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has apparently been killing animals on a Chinese farm.
Crude oil prices slump in reaction to the decision by the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.
A New Zealand man serving a life sentence for child molestation and murder who escaped to Brazil has been deported to his home country.
Plan for new 'Islamic' cash fuels panic in IS-run Mosul
Bowler Sean Abbott is 'holding up well' after batsman Phillip Hughes's death, despite fears he may not play cricket again.
Saving Kenya's children born of incest from a death sentence
A mother's decision to leave Whatsapp chat group goes viral
Did Korea encourage prostitutes near US military bases?
The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green
Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza
A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.
Brazil legend Pele says he is "doing fine" following treatment for a urinary infection at a Sao Paulo hospital.
Online Islamists call for Cairo street protests despite ban
Mexico's president announces plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.
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At least 25 people are killed in an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, close to the Cameroonian border, reports say.
The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.
A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.
US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.