Japanese MPs re-elect Shinzo Abe to serve another term as prime minister after his landslide victory in snap elections this month.
Hospital specialists say proposed NHS England funding changes could lead to people dying unnecessarily if they are implemented.
The number of people using food banks in Wales jumps by 20%, according to latest figures for 2014.
The oldest Christian communities in the world come from the Middle East, but their numbers are dwindling as Iraqi Christian are forced to flee their homeland.
Jamie Scott, a sous-chef from Arbroath in Angus, has been crowned the winner of this year's MasterChef: The Professionals.
Authorities in Mississippi have declared a state of emergency after a tornado tore through the south of the state.
Three television adverts for electronic cigarettes are banned, just weeks after a change in rules allowed people to be shown using them.
The BBC's Mark Lowen visited the southern Turkish town of Demre to trace the roots of old Santa.
Taxi booking firm Uber has apologised for raising fare prices during a deadly cafe siege in Sydney last week, saying its decision was wrong.
The volunteers cooking hot meals for children at Christmas
Former Northern Ireland talks co-chair Meghan O'Sullivan says an agreement reached on Tuesday "offers a new way forward" on dealing with NI's past.
The BBC's Jeremy Cooke went to meet Paul Wilson, one former serviceman who been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
West Africa's Ebola crisis is likely to last until the end of 2015, says the head of the World Health Organization body dealing with the epidemic.
Tributes are paid to award-winning Indian film director K Balachander, who died in the southern city of Chennai on Tuesday.
At least 52 people - including women and children - have been killed by suspected separatist rebels in India's north-eastern Assam state, police say.
Former US President George Bush Senior has been taken to hospital after suffering from a shortness of breath, his spokesman says.
The market for vintage cars is booming as wealthy investors seek more unusual places to invest their money.
The US president welcomes a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea - which had been pulled following a cyber-attack and threats - in some US cinemas.
A global arms trade treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar business comes into force - a move hailed as "a new chapter" by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has spent over $160m fighting fake goods on its websites over the last two years.