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BBC News - World

Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge'

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

Pietersen exclusion is 'ludicrous'

Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.

Tunisia holds landmark election

Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.

VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

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

VIDEO: Castro delivers defiant speech

The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.

US insists North Korea behind hack

The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.

Gunman kills two New York policemen

A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself.

VIDEO: Pakistan 'in mourning and on edge'

Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.

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: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.

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.

Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia

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

Voices of grief and determination

Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre

What Cuba's new friendship with the US means for everyday life

What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life

VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.

Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

Life in one of the world's most repressive states

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.

Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo

European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup.

'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.

Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

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

Caroline Flack wins Strictly title

Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.

Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba

Luis Suarez scores his first league goal for Barcelona who close to within a point of Real Madrid before Spain's winter break.

VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'

Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.

Ferguson bows out of US talk show

Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.

VIDEO: Cyclist survives fall under lorry

A cyclist in China avoids serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction.

Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola

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

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

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

Russians 'will not cave in' to West

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

Cairns children's mother arrested

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

Israel launches Gaza air strike

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.

Colombia Farc truce follows killings

Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.

VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.

Teaching winter to new US refugees

How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice

Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict

Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine

Michael Phelps admits drink-driving

US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Blackberry in revenue slide

Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

Belarus moves to protect currency

Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

The best news photos from around the world

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

Kenya leader signs tough security law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs

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

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection

Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.

Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town

Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.

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