The first anniversary of the arrest in Egypt of three al-Jazeera journalists: Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed fell on Monday.
A charity which maintains the country's lighthouses is celebrating 500 years of protecting mariners.
Asian markets traded higher on Monday following new record highs on Wall Street on Friday, which boosted investor confidence.
An Italian ferry which caught fire on route to Italy with 478 people on board is being evacuated in choppy seas and high winds.
Controversial Sony film The Interview becomes the studio's most downloaded film ever, just four days after its release online.
The search has resumed for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which has gone missing with 162 people on board, an Indonesian official has said.
Up to three million young people are yet to decide how to vote in the general election, and this could be key to who wins, a think tank says.
Vacant birthplace of Nazi leader gives Austria a headache
The head of a major UK business group is calling on politicians to rise above "point-scoring" in the general election campaigns next year.
Stories that made impact in world of archaeology this year
Smoking "rots" the body from within, warns this year's quit smoking campaign from Public Health England.
Female employment in Scotland has risen by 46,000 over the past year to a record 1,288,000, government statistics reveal.
Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by about a third in the past year, according to new figures.
Severely deaf people who use cochlear implants will receive hearing aid upgrades every five years, the Scottish government announces.
We might think we aren't influenced by celebrity endorsements, says David Sillito, but we are probably wrong.
The economy, immigration, Russia, and the EU itself are just some of the challenges facing Europe next year, writes Gavin Hewitt.
The teenage home of World War One poet Wilfred Owen is to be given listed status as part of the WW1 centenary commemorations.
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How ex-US Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke faced up to the 2008 financial crisis
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