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As the New Year arrives, Dr Rowan Williams is enjoying his first day formally free of the responsibilities of being Archbishop of Canterbury.
Seven development workers in north-west Pakistan, six of them women working at a health and education project, have been shot dead.
Claims about tax credit by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith have been described as "discredited" by Channel 4 News 'Fact Check'.
The 'war on welfare' (WOW) petition initiative launched earlier this month needs 100,000 people to sign up to help trigger a Westminster debate on the issue.
As the government continues its aggressive rhetoric against benefits and claimants, welfare campaigners have pledged to continue their struggle for justice.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges reform following the death of a young Indian woman who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi.