Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
Musician Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage, according to a post on the Instagram website.
Ex-services personnel who are sent to prison in England and Wales will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the government says.
Relatives of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing are to attend a memorial service in Washington to mark the 26th anniversary.
The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.
Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.
The US has asked China to curb North Korea's cyber-attacks after the hacking of Sony Pictures over a movie about Kim Jong-un, US officials say.
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.
TV presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.
The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
John Freeman was best known for his direct interview style and spoke with Martin Luther King about an assassination attempt that left him fighting for his life.
A cyclist in China avoids serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction.
A support group is set up in memory of Dr Naz Mahmood - an Asian doctor who took his own life days after telling his family he was gay.
Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.
With just four years until Crossrail is due to open, Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott was given access to the new tunnels beneath London to see how work was getting on.
Foreign investors are keen to do deals with Turkmenistan but a climate of fear silences dissent, writes the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Ashgabat.
Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz
It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.
As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.
The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
Twelve people dressed as Father Christmas invade the pitch during a football match between Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth.
The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.