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Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels' 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT 
    Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.


Kenya leader signs tough security law 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT 
    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.


Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT 
    A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.


Belarus moves to protect currency 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT 
    Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.


US Congress threat to Cuba thaw 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT 
    Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.


Kurds 'break IS mountain siege' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT 
    Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.


Plea by parents of Aurora accused 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT 
    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.


Off-duty PC murder suspect arrested 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:05:15 GMT 
    A 28-year-old man is detained on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre.


Irish minister hopeful of NI deal 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:51:54 GMT 
    Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan says he is hopeful that there will be a deal in Northern Ireland's cross-party talks early next week.


Murder attempt suspect freed in error 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:36:04 GMT 
    A teenager suspected of attempted murder has been released from prison by mistake, prompting a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.


Booking.com fraud network revealed 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:39:11 GMT 
    Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.


Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT 
    Images from around the world: 18 December


Your pictures of the year 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT 
    A selection of the best readers' photos


In pictures: US-Cuban relations 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT 
    Story of Cuba's relationship with the US


Picture power: Under the dress 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT 
    Actress America Ferrera red-faced
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