Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vows "to leave no stone unturned" in tracking down the perpetrators of a mosque attack that left dozens dead.
A court in Egypt is due to deliver a verdict in the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring to kill protesters in 2011.
Pope Francis is due to meet Muslim and Christian leaders in Istanbul on the second day of his three-day highly symbolic visit to Turkey.
Two months of US-led air strikes have failed to weaken Islamic State militants, Syria's foreign minister says, urging Turkey to tighten border controls.
Taiwan is holding its biggest local elections, widely seen as a referendum on the China policy of the governing party.
Thirty-five Venezuelan inmates are reported to have died after overdosing on the contents of a prison infirmary they stormed.
One of Latin America's most beloved comic actors, the Mexican Roberto Gomez Bolanos, or "Chespirito", dies at the age of 85.
A gunman who attacked downtown buildings and the Mexican Consulate in Austin, Texas, before being shot may have had political reasons, say police.
French conservatives are set to elect their next leader in a poll which could mark Nicolas Sarkozy's return to frontline politics.
A man is injured after a pop-up toilet unexpectedly emerges from underground in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, throwing a stationary scooter onto him.
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke wins an exhibition boxing match in Moscow after returning to the ring for the first time in 20 years.
NFL running-back Ray Rice can play again after winning his appeal against an indefinite ban issued for hitting his wife.
Black Friday is less intense this year in the US after many stores opened earlier on Thursday.
Brazil legend Pele is improving but remains in intensive care having been admitted to hospital with a urinary infection.
Mexico's president announces plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.
French President Francois Hollande visits Guinea on the first trip by a Western leader to a country at the centre of the West African Ebola outbreak.
A group of 15 men accused of plotting to assassinate the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, have been acquitted by a South African court.
Cricket Australia will hold an investigation into player safety following the death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
Smokers in China's capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being introduced by the Beijing government.
There could be about 10-13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, far more than previous estimates, analysis for the Home Office suggests.
David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants, saying he will "rule nothing out" if they fail.
After days of heavy rain, the UN declares a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war.
At least two demonstrators die in Egypt as Islamist anti-government protesters clash with police in Cairo.
NHS England says letters sent out to local health bosses suggesting the funding of patients in clinical drug trials might be cut were "incorrect".
Former PM Gordon Brown says politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives.
India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter.
Crude oil prices hit a four-year low after the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.
The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%, suggesting that deflation remains a threat for the 18-nation bloc.
Australia retire the number 64 one-day international shirt number of Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Robin van Persie had a "very bad game" against Arsenal - and his confidence is low.