The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has returned to the country, officials say, after what was described as a coup attempt while he was away.
Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips is to undergo surgery on a dislocated shoulder and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
A member of punk group Pussy Riot is among further people arrested in Moscow after a rally over the conviction of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
A suicide bombing in Yemen's southern city of Ibb, targeting a Houthi religious celebration, has killed at least 33 people, medical sources say.
Pakistan hangs a man who plotted to assassinate Pervez Musharraf, the seventh execution since a moratorium was lifted.
Russia's annual inflation for 2014 will hit about 11.4%, according to official estimates, as the government intervenes to support another bank.
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Beji Caid Essebsi pledges to work for national reconciliation as he is sworn in as Tunisia's new president after the country's first free election.
Sir Paul McCartney calls popular music courses focussing on The Beatles "ridiculous, yet very flattering".
A cargo ship said to be carrying 700 clandestine migrants docks in the Italian port of Gallipoli under coastguard control after the crew abandoned ship.
The Mars rover Opportunity is suffering from memory loss - but Nasa thinks a software hack may save it.
The UN Security Council rejects a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years.
Italian Raffaele Marciello is named as Sauber's test and reserve driver for the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The first two bodies from the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash off Borneo arrive back in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives are waiting.
Cars, bikes and consumer goods are set to get more expensive in India as the government is to withdraw tax breaks in the new year, reports say.
Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, the only symphony orchestra in central Africa, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this December.
Hull manager Steve Bruce says he is "determined" to keep his side in the Premier League rather than become Newcastle boss.
Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who brought to life characters including Babe and Chuckie on Rugrats, dies aged 51.
Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are sent to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon says.