Talks to try and heal the divisions between Greece and Turkey over the island of Cyprus have failed over the years, but a development in the sporting world is giving some observers cause for optimism.
The Christmas lights have been turned on at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in front of a crowd of thousands.
The BBC's Jonah Fisher reports amid clashes between police and protesters at Bangkok's Government House as demonstrators try to unseat the Thai government.
Martin Jol is sacked by Fulham, with head coach Rene Meulensteen taking responsibility for the first team.
Fans, friends and fellow stars pay tribute to US actor Paul Walker, best known for the Fast & Furious films, who has died in a car crash at the age of 40.
Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says he has met PM Yingluck Shinawatra and given her two days to "return power to the people".
Hull claim their first ever win over Liverpool as the visitors miss the chance to close the gap on leaders Arsenal.
Kris Commons' hat-trick helps Celtic trounce Hearts to progress in the Scottish Cup and soothe their European exit pain.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas feels the recent criticism he has received is "aggressive and agenda driven".
Thai police fend off protesters trying to unseat PM Yingluck Shinawatra, but the campaign leader issues a new, two-day ultimatum to leave power.
Two Wayne Rooney goals earn Manchester United a point at White Hart Lane as they fight back twice to draw.
George Osborne promises to cut average energy bills by about £50 a year by shifting some costs on to government - to be partly funded by cracking down on tax avoidance.
Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, is planning to double the number of its stores in the UK, its managing director tells a newspaper.
Thousands of pro-EU demonstrators march through Ukraine's capital in protest at President Viktor Yanukovich's refusal to sign an EU trade deal.
Thousands of people dressed as Father Christmas join Liverpool's annual charity Santa Dash in a bid to take a world record.
Former band mates of "depraved" paedophile Ian Watkins, who has admitted a string of child sex offences, appeal for other victims to come forward.
Life and career of Hollywood star Paul Walker
James Anderson says sledging is a skill and a key factor in him becoming one of England's leading bowlers.
Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious action film series, is killed along with a friend in a car crash north of Los Angeles.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he was "deeply outraged" by recent violence at opposition protests in Kiev.