The start of the inquest into the Sydney cafe siege hears that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.
Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.
Scores of England's top private schools are expecting to be at the bottom of the secondary school league tables, following confusion over IGCSEs.
The number of women being sent to prison should be halved, says Justice Minister Simon Hughes.
The Department for International Development has been accused of "unacceptably poor" oversight of a UK-funded development agency.
Cuba demands the US hands back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.
Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.
Backbench Conservative MPs expect to be given a key role in any coalition talks involving their party after the next election, BBC Newsnight understands.
The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel.
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.
Latest guidance on the way rape cases are handled, and how rapists are hiding their tracks, make the front pages of the papers.
The triumph of Syriza in Greece could lead to renewed tensions - and widespread political change - across Europe, says Mark Mardell.
Four months after the inauguration of a new president, Afghanistan is still without a government and could face zero growth in 2015.
BBC editor Jawad Iqbal
Could companies welcome delays in UK fracking?
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.
A computer programmer creates a computer chess program that takes up only 487 bytes of data, breaking a 33-year-old record.
Andy Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu says he expected to face the Briton for the first time at the Australian Open.
Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch answered every reporters' question on Wednesday with, "You know why I'm here".
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Mongomo.
Tottenham set up a Capital One Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley on 1 March with Christian Eriksen's late goal.
Real Madrid are set to rename the Bernabeu as part of a sponsorship deal with a UAE-based petroleum investment company.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".
McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market.
A "Home Rule Bill for Scotland" would be introduced within the first 100 days of a Labour government, according to the party's leader.
David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash in the Commons over the NHS amid a row about new guidance to hospitals about declaring "major incidents".
Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.
Nearly 2,500 women in the UK would benefit from a fertility technique to make babies from three people, a study suggests.