• Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says a victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the war.    
  • Italy's Renzi hands in resignation amid political turmoil  Italian PM Matteo Renzi hands his resignation, three days after losing a key referendum vote.    
  • Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges  A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.    
  • Iraq conflict: Air strikes on IS-held border town 'kill dozens'  More than 60 people are reportedly killed in air strikes on an IS-controlled town in western Iraq.    
  • Trump 'selects ambassador to China'  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be the new US ambassador to China, according to US media.    
  • First US Somali lawmaker gets 'Islamophobic threats' in taxi  The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to "hateful" anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver.    
  • Brazil Senate head Renan Calheiros' suspension rejected  Brazil's Supreme Court overturns decision to suspend the Senate president, Renan Calheiros.    
  • Pakistan International Airways crash leaves no survivors  All 48 people on board a Pakistan Airlines plane were killed when it crashed in the north.    
  • Toronto boy planned attack on massacre anniversary - police  A Canadian teen is charged with planning to attack a school on the anniversary of a Montreal massacre.    
  • Pope Francis condemns 'media disinformation'  Pope Francis condemns disinformation as "probably the greatest damage that the media can do".    
  • UK MPs back government's Brexit timetable  MPs have voted to "respect" the government's timetable for triggering talks on leaving the EU.    
  • Religious leaders push for Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig  Islamic leaders in Australia back a campaign to produce a "halal cartoon" alternative to Peppa Pig.    
  • Syria rebels 'withdraw from Old City' of Aleppo  Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, while calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians    
  • Hospitals struggling to cope with Mosul casualties  Orla Guerin reports from a hospital in Irbil that is struggling to cope with the number of casualties.    
  • Siberia sky lit up by meteor  People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.    
  • Mannequin challenge of gunfight misfires  A gunfight-themed mannequin challenge has resulted in two people being arrested.    
  • 100 Women 2016: Birthday cakes and candles for retired Russian cows  One Woman's quest to rescue Russia's aging cows.    
  • Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase  Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase    
  • World news in one minute  Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.    
  • The journalists risking their lives to film in Aleppo  The journalists who risk their lives documenting Aleppo speak of the difficult choices they have to make.    
  • Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year  US President-elect Donald Trump is named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016.    
  • Girl's party invitation attracts 1.2m  More than a million people say they will attend a Mexican girl's party after the invitation goes viral.    
  • Barbara Plett Usher: How China could tackle Trump  There are many ways China could respond to any further provocations from Donald Trump after his Taiwan call.    
  • Fergal Keane: Yemen's human suffering   Hunger and disease stalk Yemenis with no end in sight as the war grinds on, writes Fergal Keane.    
  • The top contenders to be France's president  Profiles of the leading candidates to become France's president in the election in April and May 2017.    
  • Why is Bangalore stuck in traffic jams?  The hot topic of conversation in India's Bangalore city these days is the unending traffic jams.    
  • How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade?  An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?    
  • Fighting for Vietnam  Portraits of the female veterans who risked their lives for their country    
  • The beauty of Britain  The finalists of the 2016 Through the Lens photography awards discuss their images of the British Isles.    
  • Your pictures  Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme "Lines".    
  • Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016  A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.    
  • Living near the Arctic Circle  Photographer Ed Gold's images from the remote community of Galena in Alaska, USA.    
  • Shane Sutton: Ex-British Cycling director lost Jess Varnish case over use of word 'bitches'  A letter obtained by BBC Sport shows British Cycling cleared Shane Sutton of eight of the nine allegations made by Jess Varnish.    
  • Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 CSKA Moscow  Tottenham secure a place in the Europa League knockout stage as their Champions League campaign ends with a victory over CSKA Moscow.    
  • World Cup finals format: Three-team groups & 48 finalists in Gianni Infantino plan  Future World Cup finals will feature 16 groups of three countries in a 48-team tournament, if Fifa president Gianni Infantino gets his wish.    
  • FC Porto 5-0 Leicester City  Already qualified Leicester lose in their final Champions League group game as Porto thrash a much-changed XI to join the Foxes in the last 16.    
  • Righting a wrong  Why Pakistan's Nobel Prize winning scientist Abdus Salam has been officially ignored for 30 years.    
  • Seeing double  Nearly 20 years ago a valuable portrait by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a gallery in northern Italy, in bizarre circumstances. Finally, it may be about to be returned.    
  • 'Limping giant'  In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.    
  • Soul searching  J Jayalalitha's sudden death has left a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu's politics.    
  • Free flights  At least 10 people who expected to spend the holidays by themselves won a free flight home.    
  • Malta's paradox  Malta has become one of the most progressive countries on gay issues but bans abortion outright - why?    
  • Pipe dreams  In Canada, some aboriginal communities embrace oil and gas development, rather than oppose such projects.    
  • Air Force $  Military gear, special shielding and its own defence systems - Air Force One is two of a kind.    
  • Numbers game  For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?    
  • Person of the year quiz  The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.    
  • Defence secrets  Ukraine's defence contracts are cloaked in secrecy and reformers complain of corruption, David Stern reports.    
  • Beating Parkinson's  Parkinson's disease stopped 32-year-old Emma drawing and writing but a new invention is changing her life.    
  • Trolls and triumph  Politics and social media has collided under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.    
  • Broke this Christmas?  A radical solution to Xmas overspending, from blogger Emily Hedlund.    
  • Smoke and mirrors   Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.    
  • Back with a bang   Dancehall star Sean Paul on topping the charts, becoming a father and living next door to Usain Bolt.    
  • ‘Objectification is not a bad thing’  Former porn star turned Bollywood movie actor Sunny Leone tells Yogita Limaye that she's ok with her 'sexy' image and 'objectification' isn't a bad word.    
  • The storyteller who spins tales in four languages   Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages.    
  • How women are winning online campaigns  Women are more successful with online campaigns than men, according to petitions website Change.org. Why?    
  • BBC 100 Women 2016: How to join our edit-a-thon  BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - join us    
  • Rainbow bank  Why two rainbow-coloured lions have sparked a debate about LGBT rights in Hong Kong.