The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, receives the EU's Sakharov human rights prize in Strasbourg.
England are set to defend the Ashes against Australia in Brisbane, as Kevin Pietersen is hailed as England's best ever player.
The UK economy is in a sustained recovery and does not face major inflation risks, according to the Bank of England's latest minutes.
Japan's exports see their biggest annual rise for three years thanks to a weak yen and improving global demand.
Hull is named the UK's next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017.
The director of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway says the show, which is closing in January and moving to Las Vegas, will fit better in its new home.
US bank JP Morgan agrees to a record $13bn (£8bn) settlement with US regulators for misleading investors during the housing crisis.
Ministers are facing a rebellion later by some Tory MPs, over plans to expand the Army Reserve to 30,000 to offset cuts of 20,000 regular troops by 2020.
The Musical Society of Nigeria champions classical music and is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Corporate sponsorship enables them to run classes for aspiring musicians/
Thailand's Constitutional Court rejects government plans to amend the country's senate, but stops short of dissolving the governing Pheu Thai party.
England manager Roy Hodgson is refusing to panic despite his side ending 2013 with back-to-back Wembley defeats.
The eldest daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for Disneyland, Diane Disney Miller, dies aged 79.
Police in the Indian city of Bangalore are hunting a man who brutally attacked a woman in a cash machine kiosk.
Comedian Michael Palin, musician PJ Harvey and former MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller will take charge of Radio 4's Today programme this winter.
China says it will send medical teams and a naval hospital ship to the typhoon-hit Philippines, following criticism of its initial response.
US ambassador to China Gary Locke announces he will step down from his post early next year for personal reasons.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Much more must be done to help the poorest families tackle problem debt, Conservative-leaning think tank the Centre for Social Justice says.
Cleaners find 24 gold bars worth at least 70m rupees ($1.1m) in the toilet compartment of a commercial jet in Calcutta.
Forensic experts in the Philippines say many of those killed may never be identified.