The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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French General Paul Aussaresses, who defended the use of torture during Algeria's war of independence, dies aged 95.
The BBC will show 200 hours of action from Sochi 2014 with Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards hosting the coverage.
Actor David Birrell receives "substantial" damages after being blinded in his right eye by a prop gun at the Donmar Warehouse.
James Harding, the BBC's news director, tells staff the corporation's output should "look and sound more like its audiences".
The European Commission fines eight banks - including RBS - a total of 1.7bn euros for forming illegal cartels to rig benchmark interest rates.
Has the Green Climate Fund got a chance of reaching its target?
The government unveils its infrastructure spending plan for the next two decades, including £375bn of investment in energy, transport and communications.
South Africa's first black President, Nelson Mandela, 95, is putting up a courageous fight from his "deathbed", his daughter says.
Steve Wise, president of The Nonhuman Rights Project, explains the lawsuits he has filed on behalf of four chimpanzees in New York.
Google reveals it has taken over seven robotics companies and is hiring staff to develop products as part of a team led by its former Android chief.
Humphrey Hawksley joins a Taiwanese coastguard flight to the disputed tiny island of Dongsha in the South China Sea.
A mass grave containing 21 bodies is found in Mali by investigators looking for soldiers who disappeared after last year's coup.
Police arrest a 37-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a female police officer in Leeds.
Jude Law's performance as Shakespeare's Henry V is crowned as a success by West End critics.
A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) praises Japan for making progress in stabilising the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Novelist Manil Suri has won the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction prize for his description of an erotic involving three characters.
The eurozone "lost some momentum" in November, a closely-watched survey says, with private sector activity slowing slightly.
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can sustain their title challenge despite doubts from Match of the Day pundits.
Ukraine's PM Mykola Azarov has called for an end to the "escalation of political tensions" and warned protesters against violating laws.
French President Francois Hollande reveals he had treatment for a benign enlargement of the prostate, just over a year before he was elected.