Photos: Strange Santa sightings :: Photos: Santa sightings around the world
The genius of Oscar Niemeyer :: Photos: The works of Oscar Niemeyer, architect
Quiz of the week's news :: The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
The German teenager who landed on Red Square :: In 1987 a West German teenager penetrated Soviet air defences to land a Cessna aeroplane in Red Square. Twenty-five years later, he has no regrets.
Talking therapy 'cuts depression' :: People with depression who do not respond to treatment with drugs can have their symptoms reduced using cognitive behavioural therapy, says a study in the Lancet.
Philippines typhoon toll passes 400 :: Residents of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao are trying to come to terms with the death and destruction caused by Typhoon Bopha.
Is it time to curb Google's power? :: Google's dominance of the internet search market has made the tech giant an obstacle to entrepreneurial innovation, says commentator Andrew Keen, who argues it's time for regulators to act.
2012: The year in pictures :: 2012: The year in pictures
Pirelli calendar: From risqué to provocative :: It's not often supermodels are selected for their social awareness -- unless, of course, you're flipping a fashion and photography status symbol on its head.
Snow camels ::
Yudhoyono loses first serving minister to graft - The Australian :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNGwzAl7QdFQX8v_DAfJsvtN6gvATQ&url=http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/indonesian-minister-quits-over-corruption/story-e6frg6so-1226532221053
Charles: Baby news 'splendid' :: CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the Duchess of Cambridge leaving the hospital and her father-in-law's response.
Sorrell: Europe's decade of pain :: The 2013 forecast for European economic growth has turned into a prediction for decay. The European Central Bank on Thursday flipped next year's gross domestic product forecast from growth of 0.3% to a fall of 0.9% next year.
Philippines Typhoon :: Bent over amid the wreckage of her family's home, Jane Bucani, 17, leafs through the sodden remnants of her school yearbook, trying to see what memories she can salvage.
Year in pictures :: 2012: The year in pictures
Smelly socks raise silver stink :: Smelly socks raise silver stink
Marijuana goes legal in Washington state amid mixed messages :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/wbb769VJCao/us-usa-marijuana-washington-idUSBRE8B506L20121207
Maori stones hold magnetic clues :: Scientists in New Zealand are studying the past behaviour of Earth's magnetic field using the stones that line Maori steam ovens.
Indian boxing federation banned over elections :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/TtyT81FWcmM/boxing-india-suspension-idINDEE8B602420121207
INTERVIEW - China's mini Apple takes slice of smartphone pie :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/NPD8xlFgOkw/china-xiaomi-apple-idINDEE8B605H20121207
The tax choices faced by companies :: The tax choices faced by companies
Israel, Germany in settlement row :: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated disagreements over Jewish settlement plans.
Netflix in trouble over Facebook post :: Netflix and its chief executive Reed Hastings could face a civil action for a Facebook post that US Securities and Exchange Commission staff allege violated disclosure rules that require companies to release important information to all investors at the same time.
'Wanted' McAfee fights return to Belize :: The next stop for software pioneer John McAfee could be Belize after Guatemalan authorities rejected his bid for asylum.
Trains fiasco 'to cost taxpayer' :: The collapse of the £5bn West Coast Main Line deal will come at "a significant cost to the taxpayer", a National Audit Office report says.
McAfee intrigue :: Software pioneer John McAfee ended the day Thursday as he started it: imprisoned in a Guatemalan immigration detention center.
Gangs target bus drivers' bonuses :: In Guatemala, and other Latin American countries, it's called "aguinaldo" -- the term used for the bonus government and private sector workers receive this time of the year, their right by law.
Cabbie jailed for mowing men down :: A taxi driver who used his black cab "like a bowling ball" to run down a group of men is jailed for 15 years.
Is Syrian endgame in sight? :: Hell came to Syria months ago. But now something seems different, and that makes Damascus resident Leena feel better. "The worse it gets, the more we know the rebels will win. It means we will wake up from this nightmare."
University statements 'flawed' :: The university application process "further disadvantages" low and middle income pupils, a report by an educational charity says.