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Why Jack O'Connell is the talk of Hollywood
Images of transformation 10 years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami
Talking Movies' Tom Brook talks to Tim Burton about his latest film Big Eyes - the story of Walter Keane, who rose to fame by passing his wife's artwork off as his own.
Christians from around the world have gathered in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.
The questions of 2014, answered succinctly
How France has forgotten the WW1 enemies who shook hands
Fairytale endings do not reflect the true spirit of Christmas, the Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to say in his Christmas Day sermon, which alludes to the battlefield truce of 1914.
Swiss Monastery Einsiedeln Abbey has taken in around 30 asylum seekers from Eritrea.
The grandfather of a nine-year-old boy found dead in Lincoln is charged with his murder.
Pope Francis speaks by telephone to Iraqi refugees in a camp near Irbil before celebrating Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's.
Spain's new King Felipe VI attacks corruption in his Christmas Eve address, but does not mention his sister's forthcoming tax fraud trial.
The International Space Station was visible on two occasions as it moved across the London skyline on Wednesday evening.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says new military courts will hear terrorism-related cases after an agreement between political parties.
The Jordanian plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State militants, the US says.
The annual water-skiing Santa event takes place on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
There has been unrest in Missouri, after a black teenager was shot dead by police, close to where another black youth, Michael Brown, was killed in August.
Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.
Gianfranco Zola, the former West Ham and Watford manager, is appointed head coach of Serie A side Cagliari.
Shoppers and motorists in Hong Kong tried to grab notes which spilled from a cash van on to the busy Gloucester Road near the city's financial district.
A top South African policeman is suspended over allegations that he was involved in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans.