New York mayor calls for end of protests after policemen murders

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on people to "put aside protests" to mourn the deaths of two policemen who were shot in Brooklyn by a man who claimed he wanted to avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Duration: 00:48 Dec 23, 2014

Analyst: At 81, emperor still plays important role in Japan

As the emperor of Japan turns 81, Tsuneyasu Takeda, descendant of the Meiji Emperor and author of "The Untold Truth about the Imperial Family", says the monarch's role remains important in Japanese society, though only symbolic. Duration: 00:56 Dec 23, 2014

Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential elections

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election, but bitter rival Moncef Marzouki refused to concede defeat ahead of the release of official results on Monday. Duration: 01:00 Dec 23, 2014

Iraq Kurd chief hails advances in anti-jihadist battle

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group Sunday as they battled the jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes. Duration: 01:24 Dec 22, 2014

Sierra Leone hopeful 'surge' can slow Ebola transmission

In meetings with the UN Secretary General, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said he hoped the ongoing "surge" against Ebola in the west of the country would help "put this issue of the fight against Ebola behind us". Duration: 01:51 Dec 22, 2014

Uganda's cocoa kings seek to keep business home-grown

Uganda's chocolate makers are looking to buck the trend of exporting raw materials for processing - only to import them for sale - by taking control of their cocoa beans, from tree to shop floor. Duration: 03:01 Dec 22, 2014

Struggle for survival in isolated east Ukraine village

The Ukraine-controlled village of Olhovatka, in the war-torn east of the country, is completely isolated from the outside world. Residents there struggle to survive, especially pensioners who haven't been paid in months. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014

France probes two weekend brutal attacks, calls for calm

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 13 people were injured in the rampage though none of the victims are critical. Calling for "caution" and "restraint", he said the motives of the assailant had not yet been established. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014