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The brother of a British doctor who died while being held in custody in Syria pays tribute to him at his funeral, describing him as "our star".
Thailand's government rejects calls to delay the forthcoming election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead.
Thailand's elections should be postponed because the risk of violence against candidates is too high, the country's election commission has said.
The traditional Boxing Day sales are expected to provide a boost to high street shops, as consumers look for discounts, while Christmas Eve has proved increasingly important for online retail.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, Russian scientists who examined his remains have concluded.
England's Ian Bell praises Kevin Pietersen's fighting qualities and backs him to steer the tourists to a competitive total.
The regeneration of Doctor Who on BBC One was the most-watched TV moment on Christmas Day but Mrs Brown's Boys was the most-seen entire programme.
Thai election officials say the government should postpone February's vote because of rising violence, as a police officer is killed in protests.
The UK economy will become the largest in Europe, overtaking Germany by 2030, predicts think tank the Centre for Economic and Business Research.
China and South Korea condemn Japan PM Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial shrine to war dead that includes hundreds of WW2 war criminals.
Cardiff City fans are planning to stage a protest against owner Vincent Tan before the club's Boxing Day game against Southampton.
BBC producer on Russian ship stuck in pack ice off Antarctica
Celebrations are being held in China to commemorate the 120th of the birth of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China.
Catches are dropped, stumps fly and Pietersen swallows a fly - catch up on day one of the fourth Ashes Test.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministers resigned over a corruption inquiry.
The entire contents of a former prep school in Yorkshire is being shipped out to a primary school in Africa.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a shrine that honours soldiers including WW2 criminals, angering China and South Korea.
Australia reduce England to 226-6 with three late wickets on the first day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
The women making peace in Spain's Basque Country
The Met Office is to start daily forecasts about the weather in space, to predict solar storms that disrupt satellite communication and power grids.