The city of Sapporo in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido has officially announced its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
Missouri's governor reportedly rejects calls for a new grand jury to decide if a white police officer who killed a black teenager should be charged.
The younger sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is referred to as a senior official for the first time by state media.
Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has died in a Sydney hospital, officials say, days after being hit on the head by a ball.
Rayo Vallecano football club in Spain say they will help an evicted woman get a new home.
Growth in the Philippine economy slowed sharply in the third quarter due to weaker growth in all sectors, the government announces.
Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, is notorious for its crime and pollution, but it also, somewhat strangely for a city, has a thriving population of macaws.
Thailand's finance minister tells the BBC that elections to end military rule might now not take place until 2016.
Press Association photographer David Davies looks back at the race that clinched the Formula 1 title for Lewis Hamilton
Great things were predicted for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - but they haven't totally lived up to the hype, says Andrew Walker.
Flags can convey powerful - and often very unpalatable - messages, says Mark Mardell,
A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients.
Vets in Colombia begin to sterilise hippos descended from animals shipped to a private zoo which belonged to the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar.
Oil production in Russia is hard and getting harder
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.
Early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is "virtually non-existent", leading medical experts warn.
Anxious times for Turkey's Christians as Pope visits
New acts George The poet, James Bay and Years and Years are being tipped for success in 2015 after being shortlisted for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.
Why did Michael Brown prosecutors focus on marijuana?
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted his side remain in control of their Champions League destiny.