Police launched dawn raids on dozens of homes in a bid to snare Italy's most wanted Mafia boss, Matteo Messina Denaro.
What exactly is grossophobia, or fatphobia?And does it really deserve to be recognised as a systematic form of prejudice alongside racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia?
A smoking panda, a chimpanzee picking its nose and lots of Trump impersonators feature in our round-up of the year's most amusing pictures.
London teen Ali Ahmed drowned at the Falls of Bruar in Scotland when he tried to rescue a friend from strong currents, inquest hears.
Dubai Camel Hospital provides healthcare for animals which are integral to culture in United Arab Emirates.
El Salvador upholds 30-year aggravated homicide sentence of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez in stillbirth case. El Salvador has one of most draconian abortion laws in the world.
"Strange" WhatsApp message from crewman Roberto Medina sparks call for Argentinian judge to investigate claims of chase.
Australian photojournalist Ted McDonnell documents life in Happyland, a ramshackle collection of shelters built around a rubbish dump outside Manila.
The style guide for The Daily Stormer, neo-Nazi website which hit the headlines in August 2017 for publishing a tirade against a protester killed during a far-right rally, leaks.
"It's a terrible situation, and it just tears me apart I'm not able to give him what he needs," mum Kerry Linnell explains.
Nigel Farage has taken a swipe at career politicians in Westminster - but some have pointed out that he has spent nearly two decades as a MEP.
When asked whether he would impose a nationwide martial law to combat terror, the Phillipines president said "all options are on table".
Lauren Price and Amy Laker will tie the knot on 16 December after the historic referendum, which saw 62% of the country vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
The school's chairman said Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir "were having romance and it is not good for the 2,000 students" in the school.
Anthony Nicholls killed and partner injured after industrial firework set off in his home in Tile Cross on November.