Arsenal, Man City double header tests Liverpool's new tag as title favourites
Arsenal are one of three sides to have held the league leaders in a 1-1 draw in November and contain the attacking potential to trouble a Liverpool side that has conceded just seven goals this season.
Saudi king orders government reshuffle after Khashoggi fallout
The surprise shake-up saw the appointment of new ministers of the powerful National Guard, information and education, as well as the head of a new space agency, but the energy and finance ministries were unaffected despite an economic downturn.
Trump opens fire on 6th day of govt shutdown
Congress members trickled back into Washington on Thursday but there was little hope of ending the government shutdown.
19 killed in Sudan bread price protests
Clashes between Sudanese anti-riot police and protesters in demonstrations against a rise in bread prices have killed 19 people, the government said.
Israel vows to block Palestinian bid to become full UN member
Under UN rules the General Assembly must approve any request to become a UN member-state, but it must first be submitted to the Security Council.
Liverpool still have plenty to prove, insists Virgil van Dijk
Jurgen Klopp's men have conceded just seven goals and are yet to be beaten in 19 Premier League games.
Nations count cost of 2018 climate disasters
This year is set to be the fourth hottest on record and as planet-warming carbon and methane levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, extreme weather events are likely to become far more common.
FA charge Arsenal’s Unai Emery after Brighton bottle-kick
Spanish boss Emery went to speak to the home supporter nearest where the bottle landed immediately after the incident and again at full-time.
American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica
Colin O’Brady, 33, took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,600-kilometer crossing of the frozen continent from coast to coast.
Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America’s most admired woman
Fifteen percent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Michelle Obama.
Bodies of 2 US teenagers found buried in father’s garden
Police had visited the Crocker household on 20 December after a neighbour reported that Mary had been missing for weeks and feared for the girl’s safety.
UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years
The UAE broke ties with Syria in February 2012, as the repression of nationwide protests demanding regime change was escalating into a devastating war.
Andry Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote - electoral commission
The results may be contested after Marc Ravalomanana claimed fraud.
Bangladesh lifts Steve Smith’s Twenty20 tournament ban
The ruling means the former Australian captain is free to play for Comilla Victorians in the next edition of the BPL starting on 5 January.
Nigerian couples cautiously turn to surrogacy to ease fertility woes
But in a religiously conservative nation, many Christians and Muslims alike are sceptical of surrogacy, even though the practice has historic roots.
Nadal confident about fitness for Australian Open
The Spanish world number two underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an intra-articular loose body in November and only resumed training two weeks ago.
Protests in eastern DRC after new election delay
Demonstrations erupted a day after the DRC’s national election commission announced that the nationwide vote would be postponed in several troubled areas until March.
'Aquaman' makes a big splash to top N. American box office
That put it well ahead of two other new holiday-timed releases, as Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' took in $23.5 million, flying slightly higher than Paramount's 'Bumblebee' at $21.7 million.