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Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by Time for the "strength of the symbolism" of his actions.
Argentinean demonstrators confronted police after a wave of looting spread through several provinces.
A lavish opening ceremony for the South East Asian Games has taken place in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps along the Syria-Lebanon border are being forced to improvise to survive harsh winter conditions without aid.
A session of the Georgian parliament has descended into a brawl over a resolution to support Ukraine's opposition movement.
Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest country, hosts its first ever international fashion show in the capital Dushanbe.
An Australian town is using loud noises in an attempt to drive away an infestation of almost 80,000 bats who are roosting in a local park.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.
Jeremy Paxman considers the significance of the handshake that took place between President Barack Obama and the Cuban leader, Raul Castro, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
BBC News takes a look at the crisis gripping the Central African Republic - in 60 seconds.
Riot police have moved in on a large protest camp in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, tearing down barricades and clashing with demonstrators.
US car giant General Motors (GM) has named product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.
Medical students from the US have brought together a number of medical mobile phone applications to create a 10 minute physical examination, including and ultrasound scan and heart rate monitor.
Nasa's Iris mission has observed the region between the Sun's surface and its outer layers, where temperatures reach 2,000,000C.
The President of France, Francois Hollande, has visited the Central African Republic for talks with the transitional leadership, after two French soldiers were killed in the capital Bangui.
Director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accepts the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the body at the Oslo City Hall in Norway.
Two Bangladeshi cameramen, who gained access to leather factories near Dhaka to reveal squalid working conditions, have been awarded the Rory Peck award for examining humanitarian or social issues.
Cody Wilson, who made the first 3D printed gun, tells Click about his other projects.
The BBC's Steven Rosenberg reports from inside the protest camp in Kiev's Independence Square.
The boss of a French company which distributed defective breast implants around the world has been sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.