Obama hails end of Afghan combat
US president Barack Obama has marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops their sacrifices have...
Nine killed in attack on AU base
Gunmen have attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital Mogadishu, leading to a battle that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers.
British troops send Christmas messages back home
British troops around the globe are sending Christmas messages back home, while enjoying festive...
Video: Christians in Bethlehem and around the world...
Christians from all over the world travelled to Bethlehem for Christmas Day,...
Video: Pope Francis - so many tears around the world...
Pope Francis focused his Christmas message to the faithful gathered at the Vatican, on those...
Crowds pack Interview screenings
Critics and early viewers are agreed that The Interview is less than a masterpiece, but thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.
Father's plea to IS over pilot
The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria has pleaded for his son's release, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.
Terror court to try women drivers
Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month for defying a ban on females driving have been referred to a court for terrorism cases, according to people close to the defendants.
Putin scraps holidays for ministers
Russian president Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
So many tears in world, says Pope
Pope Francis is focusing his attention on all those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out the refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.
White Christmas hits Moscow flights
Russia saw a white Christmas today as a massive snowstorm in Moscow caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.
India attack death toll rises to 72
The death toll from rebel violence in remote north-eastern India has risen to 72 with the recovery of more bodies from abandoned villages.
Bethlehem pilgrims gather in square
Several thousand Christian pilgrims flocked to Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.
US mayor makes fatal shooting plea
The US mayor of a St Louis suburb appealed for calm after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old.
Lab worker monitored in Ebola scare
A laboratory technician at the US public health watchdog is being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment.
Sony releases The Interview online
Amid controversy, confusion and threats, Sony released The Interview online in an unprecedented response to hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Forces move to end canal protest
Police special forces and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a roadblock erected by residents in southern Nicaragua to protest against a proposed transoceanic canal.
Ukraine peace talks end in Minsk
Talks aimed at reaching a stable ceasefire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended after more than five hours.
Pakistan PM plans terrorism courts
Pakistan's prime minister has announced the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.
Pope Francis phones Iraqi refugees
Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.
Judge rejects Polanski sex case bid
A Los Angeles judge has denied director Roman Polanski's latest bid to have his 1977 sex case dismissed.
Thousands gather in Bethlehem
Thousands of Christian pilgrims have flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits in the area after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.
US jobless applicants down 9,000
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the US economy and job market are steadily improving.
63 dead in Indian rebel attacks
Long-simmering land and ethnic disputes erupted in bloodshed in north-eastern India when rebels launched co-ordinated attacks on tribal settlers in Assam state, killing at least 63 people.
Clashes as black teenager shot dead by police in St Louis
Protesters have clashed with police after an officer shot and killed a man just miles from the fatal shooting of a black man by a white...
Santa tracker - Follow the epic journey via UK, Ireland, America, Africa, Australia and Asia
The Frozen Snow Glow Elsa dolls and the Lego boxes have been safely packed onto the sleigh. The waiting is over and millions of presents...
Northern Ireland Nightlife: The Eg, Alibi, Parlour, Roxy, Belfast - December 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Cuckoo - December 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: The Eg, Alibi, Parlour, Roxy, Belfast-Nov, Dec 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Sixty6, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast - December 2014
Filthy McNasty's - November 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Shiro
Northern Ireland Nightlife: The Eg, Alibi, Parlour, Roxy, Belfast - November 2014
The Bot, Belfast - November 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Thompson's Garage Sound Of Misfit
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Cuckoo - October 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Alibi, The Parlour, Groovy Train, The Eg
The Dirty Onion November 2014
The Limelight, November 13
Alibi, The Parlour, Groovy Train, The Eg
The National Bar
The Coach relaunches
The Botanic Inn
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Jose Mourinho has declared that his Chelsea side...
Wenger targeting title race new
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Pellegrini drops Lampard hint
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Documentary inspired Wood's musical new
Victoria Wood has revealed how her Christmas TV...
Lesley jealous of Clooney cameo new
Lesley Joseph has admitted she is jealous that...
Chancellor: Downton took costumes new
Anna Chancellor has revealed her new comedy-drama...