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Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children.
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
The rules for creating babies from three people in the UK have been announced.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will spend Christmas with Boston Red Sox in a bid to speed up his return from a thigh injury.
The US and Cuba strike a deal that involves the release of American Alan Gross after five years in prison, US officials have announced.
A Nottinghamshire MP who won his seat this summer is criticised for sending 40,000 Christmas cards to constituents.
Somaliland seizes more than 51 Yemeni boats and an Egyptian ship for fishing illegally in its waters, a Somaliland official tells the BBC.
The Church of England's first female bishop, Reverend Libby Lane, says she has been "blessed" to be given the role.
A man dressed in a Santa suit is fined for climbing up Glasgow's cone-topped Wellington statue.
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo attempt a "rabona" in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Mexican side Cruz Azul in the Club World Cup semi-final.
Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.
David Cameron claims he is getting into the Christmas spirit, waving a leaked internal Labour document on immigration
Ed Miliband and David Cameron trade blows over the economy in the last Prime Minister's Questions of 2014.
Families have begun burying their dead
Jeans that block wireless RFID signals, prevent hackers accessing card details, are to go on sale.
An anti-abortion protester convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director is sentenced to 100 hours community service.
How significant is today's confirmation that earnings are at last rising faster than inflation?
Inaccuracies in a hospital's cancer waiting times figures were caused by managerial incompetence rather than bullying of staff, investigators find.
Pakistan donate all proceeds from Wednesday's one-day match with New Zealand to the victims of the Peshawar school massacre.