A German couple who had been ranching in Paraguay for 30 years are shot dead, allegedly by left-wing guerrillas.
BBC Social Affairs reporter John McManus looks at the use of blasphemy laws across the world, and a new campaign to challenge them.
A Tibetan Buddhist monk took in 33 orphans after an earthquake in 2010 - now he is looking after 170 children.
Why has a BBC News Online story about Finnish babies in cardboard boxes been so popular?
Why it pays for players like Murray to have an entourage
The country where even the middle classes may love Marx
Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three UK children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.
Police forces in England and Wales lack the capability to investigate corruption among their officers and staff, says Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finally opens up to reporters in the build up to the Super Bowl.
Liverpool chase Ings, Chelsea close in on Cuadrado, Anderson could leave Man Utd, Spurs plan Everton exchange, plus more.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka and world number one Novak Djokovic will meet for a place in the Australian Open final.
Former Labour health minister Lord Darzi tells BBC's Newsnight it is irrelevant whether NHS care is delivered by the private or the public sector.
At least 25 people, including soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by suspected Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, state TV says.
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.
The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto.
The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago.
A man admits falling asleep at the wheel seconds before his car crashed into another, killing the driver.
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.
A gunman has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS after disrupting the main evening news, reportedly demanding airtime.