The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.
A gunman shoots dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself, officials say.
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.
Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tightened against possible Taliban reprisals for prisoner executions, officials say.
Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.
Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates.
Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.
A FBI sting operation has led to the recovery of stolen artwork worth about $12m (£7.7m) including paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
Scotland's top prosecutor says there is no evidence to suggest Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent.
A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.
European champions Real Madrid beat Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to lift the Club World Cup.
Luis Suarez scores his first league goal for Barcelona who close to within a point of Real Madrid before Spain's winter break.
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan "misses 20 phone calls" from England selector James Whitaker offering him the role.
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.
The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
A cyclist in China avoids serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction.
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
Twelve workers have been rescued after being trapped for four days in a collapsed tunnel in Vietnam's Lam Dong region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Macau to mark the 15th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony's return to China.
The mother of seven of the children found dead in a home in the Australian city of Cairns, has been arrested on suspicion of murder although she has not been charged.
Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.
Zoo keepers from around the world are due to meet next month to discuss ways to save the endangered northern white rhino.
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In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/okn29olfMqw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
We all know the feeling.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/lrxcwmIAyf0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
What is Europe's best music festival?<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/oDvKC45-fbE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Bob is a robot that can learn using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. CNN's Nick Glass reports.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/BWuaiZIrUNk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Not since the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk in 1903 has the competition been so intense. The technology that can give us the world's first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/FfenLup8I5w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/qqvBIq6HUck" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Meet KOA=S, a band of spellbinding musicians fusing Japanese cultural icons against a backdrop of rock and musical theater.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/S1JFZn1YXNc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
The slightest movement by this man's hand can change the behavior of at least 100 people.Andris Nelsons is the 35-year-old Latvian conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, known for his energetic conducting style.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/GvXMOjJN26s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
He's the face of motion-capture performance.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/bgIJlG241x8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
The spy who drew me: How a top British spy become a fashion illustrator<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/_ajoFnCO548" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Rachel Atherton is haring down a narrow muddy path on a hillside riding every hump and bump with the skill you would expect from a double world champion.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/vVyruagqCQk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Let's start with a touch of perspective. It's not only Russia where sexual minorities suffer discrimination. In the United States, that beacon of tolerance, there's still a huge amount of bigotry. Some U.S. states still refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. And hate crimes and violence towards LGBT individuals remain a significant problem.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/ckutfTB5xNg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
After 20 years, over 300 goals and a host of major honors, Thierry Henry has called time on his football career.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/Ip3tyhN8bk4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Rafael Nadal landed a record extending ninth French Open title this year and also reached the final of the Australian Open. But typical for the Spaniard in recent campaigns, those grand slam accomplishments mingled with further health woes in a up-and-down 2014.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/mVnnilP2eUs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
When creating a fashion company that spans multiple countries, one woman gives advice on how to make sure your company will be successful, and your employees will feel valued even if they're not at the headquarters.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/t1LO571IQ-Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Are sports stadiums our modern day cathedrals?<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/-ptepqtEapA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
A historic rail link bolsters trade between China and Spain.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/wxYPf32iQoY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
A Serbian start-up has created the world's first solar paneled mobile phone charger which has won the European Union Sustainability Award and the Verge Accelerate start-up competition in San Francisco.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/lrxcwmIAyf0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Russia looks richer in the snow. Muscovites, as they always have, stroll the main boulevard, Tverskaya Street, in their fur coats and hats on snowy evenings, basking in the holiday lights and decorations, their capital transformed into an icy wonderland.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/t_mZdS4bk00" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Russian aggression has made it clear Ukraine must rethink its security plans, says Olexander Motsyk, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/_7nMUHNcvo4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
After more than a decade on the sidelines of the international community, Serbia has emerged from a long and troubled history to become one of Europe's newest republics.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/WUAYfuG5tYE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
A company in the United Kindgom is looking to harness the power of the flowing marine waters by building submerged wind farms.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/ugYII0apSJw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
At least 3,419 people have died this year trying to illicitly arrive by boat across the Mediterranean into Europe, the United Nations Refugee Agency said Wednesday.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/JIq1GZHbWVs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Days after the world of athletics was hit by serious doping allegations, the sport has been accused of covering up how it dealt with scores of suspicious blood samples.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/iQP-rjciOBc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
A man carrying a Mexican flag interrupted Wednesday's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, standing steps away from Malala Yousafzai as she received her award.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/cK08NRrUQDI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Big-wheel safaris across Iceland's most volatile and beguiling landscapes.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/s_1P6BsC4QI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
More than 1.7 million children in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine face an "extremely serious" situation, the U.N. children's agency Unicef has warned, with their suffering exacerbated by harsh winter weather.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/RnfLf8xHHa0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
President Vladimir Putin's news conferences aren't at all like news conferences I used to attend in Washington, when I covered the White House.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/vx3TVG-In1Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Serbia has defied crushing odds and financial difficulties to emerge as an unlikely tennis powerhouse.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/D7xhyaxBZL4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Here's another Scottish mystery to file alongside the Loch Ness Monster and Mel Gibson's accent in "Braveheart."<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/cCk5gAHuW_c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/okn29olfMqw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Events company Secret Cinema has said it will hold a simultaneous screening of an as-yet unannounced film in London, Rome and San Francisco on Sunday to "protest against censorship."<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/mk8OFihspc8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
President Putin says his nation is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and denies Russians killed there were military.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/qM5RcRW065M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Billionaire Alexander Lebedev tells Matthew Chance that Vladimir Putin should be given a second chance to reform Russia.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/VYGX6ytadAk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Serbia hosted the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern Europe this week.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/gupJvNNWcRA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Is this the moment the world finally gets to know what really happened in December 2010 when FIFA decided to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar?<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/4fAhkO_8ZHE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Women in Britain's armed forces could be allowed to fight in close combat roles for the first time by 2016, the Ministry of Defence said Friday.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/rghud9Ob1Sg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Early Friday, a man crashed his car into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling party. He told police he had financial problems and that his car was rigged with a bomb.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/izehqZz3c9w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Spanish nurse's assistant Teresa Romero Ramos beat the Ebola virus but cannot forgive the Madrid authorities for putting down her dog.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/3-ssNuOdbpY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Police in the French city of Tours have shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife. Anti-terrorist investigators are probing whether the attack had possible radical Islamist motives.
A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a major critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen is accused of leading a terrorist plot to seize power.
Authorities in Belarus imposed a 30 percent fee at money exchanges to stop the citizens from buying foreign currency. Belarusians reacted with panic at the plummeting of the Russian ruble.
The EU summit in Brussels has ended a day earlier than expected - a sign of the leadership style of new European Council President Donald Tusk. Discussions focused on boosting investment and the crisis in Ukraine.
EU leaders at their summit in Brussels are defending tough economic sanctions against Russia, but pressure to ease their stance is growing. Christoph Hasselbach reports from Brussels.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has pulled out of an EU summit to handle a political crisis back home. Rutte's government is in trouble after members of the junior partner in his coalition refused to back a health bill.
EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a summit in which they hope to agree a long-term strategy on Russia. The leaders were also expected to back an investment plan aimed at spurring growth in the 28-member bloc.
In his year-end presentation to journalists in Moscow, the Russian President did not identify concrete measures for an economic recovery. He described sanctions as illegitimate.
The European Court of Justice has found the British visa system for family members of EU citizens to be illegal. Current visa regulations breach EU laws on free movement, European judges have ruled.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that egg cells incapable of developing into humans cannot be considered human embryos. The step allows for patents on the use of such cells and for some controversial research.
The ruble's plunge in value has prompted some Russians to rush into big-ticket purchases, while others despair as to how they will repay foreign currency loans - or even afford food. Fiona Clark reports from Moscow.
Russia's economic crisis could last up to two years, President Vladimir Putin has warned during an annual press conference. The country is struggling under Western sanctions, low oil prices and a falling ruble.
The EU's top court has ruled that obesity can be considered a disability, under the bloc's employment laws. Its judgment dealt with the case of a Danish childminder who claimed he was fired for being obese.
Lawmaker Geert Wilders is to face prosecution for inciting racial hatred after a speech calling for"fewer Moroccans"in the Netherlands. Wilders has said he stands by his comments.
EU leaders are due to meet later on Thursday for a two-day summit, with Russia's economic troubles high on the agenda. Angela Merkel says sanctions against Moscow need to stay.
The Church of England has appointed vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. Church officials gave their final approval for female bishops last month.
An EU court has struck off the Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas from the bloc's list of terrorist organizations. It said the 2001 listing was influenced by the media and the internet.
Germany's Angela Merkel has demanded a meeting on the Ukraine crisis. In a phone call with Ukraine's Poroshenko and Russia's Putin and French President Hollande, Merkel said a lasting peace treaty was needed.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is meeting with leaders of eastern and southeastern European countries at the fourth CEE-China summit. The group seeks to expand economic cooperation and China is set to benefit.
Chinese leaders are visiting Belgrade to advance projects such as their plan to turn Greece's port of Piraeus into a hub for China's trade with Europe. The talks involve 16 heads of central and eastern European nations.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 40, discusses his country's division, its war with Russia and why he believes all efforts to find a solution with Vladimir Putin will fail.
Thirty-six year old Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron has been tasked by French President Hollande with reforming the country. But it won't be easy. Socialists view him with suspicion and the party's left wing is already preparing for battle.
Poland has long seen itself as stuck between the East and West, resulting in plenty of historical suffering. Russian aggression in Ukraine has many in the country fearing the worst. Leading Polish writers worry that the West isn't doing enough.
The president of Ukraine is talking up the idea of a national referendum to join NATO, an idea that the military alliance's chief has openly supported. But such a debate is dangerous -- because it divides member states and provides Putin with powerful ammunition.
Greece wants to shed the shackles of the troika, but it still hasn't fulfilled the requirements to do so. Despite this, Athens' European partners want to provide additional aid to ensure that the Greek patient makes a complete fiscal and economic recovery.
More than 150,000 refugees have landed this year on the Italian coastline, most of them hoping to continue north. As the EU struggles to find an answer, human traffickers are raking in billions.
With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. The former Polish leader could become a key voice in the crisis with Russia.
A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop.
One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to.
Corporations pay low taxes in Luxembourg. As prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker carried partial blame for this policy. Politicians in Brussels have maneuvered to save him from the scandal, but the case has cast light on Europe's tax-dumping problem.
Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult.
On Wednesday, astronomers with the European Space Agency will attempt a maneuver that has never been tried before. A probe from the spacecraft Rosetta is to land on a comet some 500 million kilometers away. The mission could teach us about life on Earth.
Can the European Commission be led by a man who transformed his own country into a tax oasis? The debate is long overdue and Jean-Claude Juncker can no longer afford to shirk the question.
More than 1,000 young people from France have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, more than from any other European country. The recruits are no longer just coming from the margins of society.
There was a time when it looked as though eastern Ukraine might become part of Russia. Now, though, rebels in the region have been fighting among themselves and Moscow is unsure how to proceed. Sunday's election changed nothing.
Greece's public prosecutor claims the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party bears all the characteristics of a 'criminal organization'. Party members stand accused of murder and other acts of violence. Will Greek officials soon move to ban Chrysi Avgi?
David Cameron is furious about the EU Commission's demand that the UK make a back payment of2.1 billion. But it is the British prime minister's stance on immigration that has German Chancellor Merkel more worried. She fears he may be crossing a red line.
As the Ukrainian election approaches, citizens are both hopeful and skeptical about their country's future. But their biggest concern isn't the war in the east or Russian interference -- it's the country's need for a working state.
Market uncertainty over the future of the euro has returned, but that hasn't stopped France from flouting European Union deficit rules. Berlin is already busy hashing out a dubious compromise.