Kenya leader signs tough security law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 9:01 am

Dalglish recalls Hillsborough mayhem

Former Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish has been describing the "mayhem" during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 9:00 am

Killed PC 'may have been recognised'

An off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre might have been recognised as a officer, the chief constable says.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:51 am

Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70

Former UK model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist says.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:44 am

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:37 am

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:23 am

Toddler's parents cleared of murder

The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin are cleared of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court - but convicted of causing or allowing his death.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:17 am

Turkey releases Gulen-linked editor

A court releases a top newspaper editor but says four others must stay in custody as part of a crackdown on support for cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:08 am

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:05 am

Fifa agrees to release Garcia report

Fifa changes its mind and agrees to publish a "legally appropriate version" of a disputed report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:55 am

EU approves first stem cell therapy

A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:48 am

Nigeria in new bid to defend naira

Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:34 am

Sharing Nigeria's cake

Why Nigerians clamour for riches when a relative is elected

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:32 am

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar

The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:16 am

Parties agree welfare proposals

The five executive parties at Stormont reach agreement on proposals to break the deadlock over welfare reform, the BBC learns.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:08 am

Russia warns US over sanctions bill

Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries "for a long time".

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:07 am

Microsoft takes on tech scammers

The US software giant takes legal action against firms it alleges have been offering bogus tech support in its name to unwitting consumers.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:33 am

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:27 am

Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail

A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:21 am

Day in pictures: 19 December 2014

A selection of news photos from around the world

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:09 am

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in

Exclusive: Inside Iraq air base as Islamic State closes in

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:02 am

Pakistan army 'kills 59 Taliban'

Pakistan's military says it has killed 59 Taliban militants in several operations, days after the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:00 am

Millions deleted in Instagram purge

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 5:30 am

3D printer makes tool in space

Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench, from instructions sent up in an email.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 4:56 am

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 4:49 am