The start of England's second one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo is delayed by heavy rain.
Taiwan is holding its biggest local elections, widely seen as a referendum on the China policy of the governing party.
Lord Tebbit suggests an updated version of his famous "cricket test", to decide which EU immigrants are welcome to live in the UK.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vows "to leave no stone unturned" in tracking down the perpetrators of a mosque attack that left dozens dead.
A court in Egypt is due to deliver a verdict in the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring to kill protesters in 2011.
There could be about 10-13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, far more than previous estimates, analysis for the Home Office suggests.
Moldova's general election takes on a geopolitical edge in the shadow of the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
The European country voting to limit immigration
Domestic worker rescued after emotional plea
Mike Wooldridge returns to Ethiopia 30 years after the famine and sees much change but fears some lessons have gone unlearned.
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.
Comedian Lenny Henry and former Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn are among those chosen to guest edit BBC Radio 4's Today programme over the festive period.
Scotland's new first minister is to say that smashing to "smithereens" the glass ceiling faced by women is an important part of tackling inequality.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown says politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives.
An ecumenical service will be held in Glasgow to mark the first anniversary of the Clutha helicopter crash in which 10 people died.
Remembering the Clutha helicopter crash
Thirty-five Venezuelan inmates are reported to have died after overdosing on the contents of a prison infirmary they stormed.
A 38-year-old man is charged with the murder of Patrick and Gillian Kettyle, who were found stabbed at their home in Surrey on Thursday.
The foodies making buildings out of gingerbread
What happened to England's lost stately homes?