Could the new defence secretary help to transform the global public image of the Obama administration, asks John Simpson?
Why it's so rare to hear an apology for torture
How could yoga fix climate change?
The surge in popularity that led to women's football being banned
The BBC's Tom Burridge met one young Kenyan who says he was recruited by al-Shabab when he was 18.
Why did someone say nasty things about Angelina Jolie?
Why a Greek tiger is living a new life in the US
The UK government confirms it is beginning the formal process to allow the Scottish government to issue bonds.
High street promotions on Black Friday help increase the number of shoppers on Scotland's high streets for the fifth month in a row.
Restaurants and takeaways in the UK will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.
People with memory problems who have a university education could be at greater risk of a stroke, suggests research from the Netherlands.
Carbon emissions cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry.
Hospitals across the UK are facing mounting pressures as winter hits, health leaders are warning, as demand rises due to seasonal illnesses.
Nearly a third of British adults feel lonely at some time, according to a survey carried out by BBC Radio 5 live.
The government of Shinzo Abe has struggled to revive the Japanese economy, says Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, and is turning to the female population for a possible answer.
The robots taking over the shop floor
Stolen mobiles are still causing victims "shock bills", in spite of government promises to cap call charges, says Citizens Advice
Al-Shabab propaganda targets young men in Kenya's poorest neighbourhoods, but it is the money that persuades them to sign up, the BBC's Tom Burridge reports.
Attendances at professional sports events in the UK topped 67 million in 2014, according to analysis by Deloitte's sports business group.
A British animal lover flies a tiger from a bankrupt Greek zoo to a sanctuary in California for treatment.