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The funeral of a pupil who died after he was hit by a school minibus driven by a teacher is due to take place.
A film that depicts rural Afghan life with an unflinching eye
An investigation is taking place into the sudden resignation of the chief executive of Northern Ireland's museums, the BBC has established.
Last-minute attempts to resolve a dispute at NI Water before the Christmas holiday period are being made.
Syria has authorised the delivery of medicine to opposition-held districts of Aleppo and two other areas, the World Health Organization says.
Nicaragua launches the construction of a canal that aims to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and to rival Panama's waterway.
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok is sentenced to five years in jail and fined $64,440 (£41,327) for corruption.
A record 17,500 people turn out for the latest "anti-Islamisation" rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates.
Counting of votes begins in Indian-administered Kashmir, where PM Narendra Modi's BJP party is trying to win power for the first time.
The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Milwaukee is to be reviewed after a prosecutor decides not to press charges.
Almost 60% of small UK firms do not have plans in place for extreme weather - despite the fact 66% have been affected by it in the last three years - a study says.
Belgian PM Charles Michel is attacked with mayonnaise and french-fries by female austerity protestors from a group calling itself Liliths.
Is change coming to Pakistan after the school massacre?
What do Christmas trees and French fries have in common? Both have been in short supply across Asia because of a three month backlog at US ports on the west coast.
The day the Pintupi Nine entered the modern world
The family of a woman murdered as she house-sat for friends last Christmas say this year's festivities are "on hold" until her killer is found.
Photographer Marko Djurica on the story behind his picture from Donetsk.
North Korea suffers severe internet outages, days after the US accuses the country of being behind a massive attack on Sony Pictures.
Forming bonds with one of our most feared predators
China's national carrier, Air China, is set to buy 60 Boeing 737 aircraft in a deal worth more than $6bn (£3.8bn).