New Zealand's government drops charges against the head of a coal mine where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 blast, angering relatives of the miners.
Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), rendering 27 gay marriages invalid.
Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by Time for the "strength of the symbolism" of his actions.
Town remembers 20 children killed in a mass shooting a year ago
Hilton Worldwide raises $2.35bn (£1.4bn) through a share sale, making it the second-largest initial public offering (IPO) in the US this year.
Sex offenders found to have abused their position of power could face longer jail terms under new guidelines in England and Wales.
Australia's government is holding talks with Toyota as it looks to convince the firm to continue manufacturing cars there.
A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.
Pumza Fihlani's vivid account of seeing the man who made her life possible
Air Canada orders 61 Boeing 737 planes worth $6.5bn (£4.2bn) at list prices, a big win for the planemaker over rival Airbus.
The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.
Inspectors reveal a catalogue of failings at some GP practices in England with drugs stored incorrectly and rooms so dirty they had maggots.
A top Republican senator's chief of staff is arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, the US authorities say.
How Cirque du Soleil became a billion dollar global business
Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust.
Argentinean demonstrators confronted police after a wave of looting spread through several provinces.
Slightly over a year after its stock market debut, social networking site Facebook joins the S&P 500 index, which is made up of many of the world's largest firms.
How the Pope has turned round the image of the Catholic Church