Chinese shares traded mixed in thin holiday trade on manufacturing data that painted an even weaker picture of the world's second largest economy.
The economy in oil-dependent Venezuela shrinks by 2.3% in the third quarter of the year and inflation reaches 63% amid dropping oil prices.
Seven numbers that tell a story about 2014
The most romantic chocolate that has ever been created?
Dullest Man of the Year and other accolades
Where does Labour stand at the end of 2014?
What the future holds for Gibraltar
Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown tie the knot at a humanist ceremony in Glasgow, while Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott marry in private in the city.
Italian rescuers take control of a Moldovan cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of Syrian migrants and abandoned by its crew.
How the ice bucket challenge dominated August
The curious nuggets that emerged from 2014's news stories
How the UK coped with the millennium bug 15 years ago
Nicola Sturgeon uses her new year message to call for the enthusiasm and engagement of the independence referendum to be harnessed in 2015.
Will Gompertz on his pick of the best exhibitions
A round up of some of the good news that happened in 2014.
A 90-second look back at some key events in Vladimir Putin's 15 years at the top of Russian politics.
A woman who walked away from the Amish community explains why she kept the dress she was wearing that day.
More than 400,000 requests have been made under Freedom of Information laws since they were introduced 10 years ago.
Wednesday's papers are united in asking why nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Ebola symptoms were not picked up at Heathrow Airport, despite multiple screening tests.
It seems Alan Pardew can barely wait to leave 10th-placed Newcastle for struggling Crystal Palace - Phil McNulty examines why.