The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.
More than 50 people convicted of terrorism in Pakistan face imminent execution after the president rejected mercy petitions, officials say.
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks.
Beji Caid Essebsi is confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll, but critics say this marks the return of the old regime.
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report, after he is accused of "disciplinary violations".
New York City's police chief backs Mayor Bill de Blasio after claims he had increased ill-feeling towards police prior to two officers being shot dead.
Alstom agree to pay $772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice.
President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend of attacks by men heard shouting Islamic slogans.
The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
The condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was taken to hospital with pneumonia on Saturday, his spokesman says.
A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report.
Catalonia's President Artur Mas is placed under formal investigation for his role in the Spanish region's unofficial vote on independence.
Bitcoin trader Charlie Shrem has been sentenced to two years in jail for indirectly helping people swap cash for bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace.
Iggy Azalea denies having a secret sex tape after hackers threaten to release a recording of the rapper.
A massive €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes brings joy to thousands in Spain's famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) lottery.
The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies, tops the US box office.
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.
At least 20 people have been killed in a bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in north-eastern Nigeria, emergency workers say.
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.
A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
Six people have been killed and seven others seriously injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.
Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.
Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.