12 December 2011
Last updated at 11:59 ET
The Arab League condemns Republican US presidential contender Newt Gingrich for calling Palestinians an "invented" people and "terrorists".
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki visits Washington to meet President Barack Obama, weeks before a final US troop withdrawal marks the start of a new chapter for Iraq.
New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says he will challenge PM Vladimir Putin in Russia's presidential election, calling it the "most important decision" of his life.
The US box office suffers its lowest takings in three years, despite the pulling power of New Year's Eve's all-star cast.
The latest Republican candidates debate in Iowa sees fierce attacks on new frontrunner Newt Gingrich and an offer of a $10,000 bet.
North America editor
As Newt Gingrich consolidates his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, other candidates are sharpening their attacks.
Washington Correspondent, BBC World News America
Good point! "@ktumulty
: Some day, I'd love to hear a candidate say: this is the biggest election ... since the last election.”
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