"A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book."
—Thomas Merton (1915-68) American religious writer The Seven Story Mountain, No Man Is an Island
- Cairns children's mother arrested Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:26:13 GMT
- Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
- Turkey issues warrant for Gulen Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:08 GMT
- Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
- Colombia Farc truce follows killings Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:43 GMT
- Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
- Israel launches Gaza air strike Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:58 GMT
- 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.
- Plea by parents of Aurora accused Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT
- 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.
- Ambulance targets plan revealed Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:35:32 GMT
- Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
- Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge' Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:04:35 GMT
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
- Second arrest over off-duty PC death Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:54:36 GMT
- A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
- More support for ex-forces prisoners Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:27:13 GMT
- Ex-armed forces members who are sent to prison will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the Ministry of Justice says.
- Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT
- News photo from around the world
- Picture power: Doused with milk Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT
- Treated for the effects of pepper spray
- Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT
- Images from around the world: 18 December
- In pictures: US-Cuban relations Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT
- Story of Cuba's relationship with the US
- Picture power: Under the dress Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT
- Actress America Ferrera red-faced
- In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:29 GMT
- Families have begun burying their dead