The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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One month since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, we look back at the key moments from the areas hit by the storm.
Bin Laden doctor refuses to stay silent in Pakistani jail
Why all kinds of infections thrive in conflict zones
British singer Elton John urges Russia to end discrimination against gays and lesbians as he performs at a concert in Moscow.
How a ban on Mandela's picture sealed his legend
Six men are detained in central Mexico over the robbery earlier this week of a truck containing radioactive material from a hospital.
At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, the Red Cross says.
A clean up operation is under way on the east coast of England after widespread flooding following the worst tidal surge for 60 years.
An ex-Goldman Sachs trader is sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to repay $188m ( £115m) over a botched 2007 trade.
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The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sells at auction in New York for a record $965,000 (£591,000).
A vigil is held in London's Trafalgar Square, after the Queen says she is "deeply saddened" to learn of Nelson Mandela's death.
Manager Roy Hodgson says England face a tough task to advance past the group stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals.
The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show.
England are drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Spain will open their defence of the World Cup against 2010 finalists Netherlands at next year's tournament in Brazil.
South Africans and world leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who led the transition from white minority rule and has died aged 95.
Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges kill at least seven people in northern Europe, flood parts of Hamburg and leave thousands without power.
Egypt's interior ministry says it will no longer allow visits to Mohammed Morsi, who has been detained since being deposed as president in July.
News photographs from around the world this week