Asians stocks continue to lose ground on Wednesday as further falls in oil prices, together with concerns over the eurozone's economy, fuelled investor worries.
A record-breaking two million people attended more than 1,000 Homecoming events across Scotland last year, VisitScotland says.
The media often focuses its coverage of elections on the merits of party leaders - but are they really that important to outcome, asks Prof Archie Brown.
A trial of a potential drug to treat Ebola has started at a Medecins Sans Frontieres centre in Liberia.
BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus identifies five key Middle Eastern problems that need to stay high on President Obama's agenda in 2015.
Schools are struggling to cope with the number of pupils self harming, two major teaching unions say.
The Antarctic people treading in Shackleton's footsteps
Just one story, the crisis at Britain's over-stretched Accident & Emergency departments, dominates Wednesday's newspapers.
Parents in the UK are more likely to worry about their children's mental well-being than any other health issue, suggests research.
A provocative new novel stirs fierce debate
A "deeply personal" picture of every consumer could be grabbed by futuristic smart gadgets, warned the chair of the US Federal Trade Commission.
The Greek Orthodox church at Ground Zero
Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics and cartoons?
Four people are killed and three others seriously injured in a crash in County Kildare in the Republic of Ireland.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agrees to a $84m (£55m) settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two major oil spills.
The Commons public spending watchdog says more information is needed on the impact of deficit reduction plans on government finances.
Recording the legendary Kind Of Blue with Miles Davis
A month before the start of the financial crisis, the Bank of England was apparently unaware of impending trouble, new documents reveal.
The economy and EU reforms will be discussed at talks between David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Downing Street later.
Andrew Marr looks at why it is that German chancellor Angela Merkel Merkel is making such a profound mark on the lives of everyone in Europe, on the eve of her visit to the UK.