World Agenda interactive for 2015World Agenda interactive for 2015

LONDON -- Interactive graphic shows world news and current affairs events scheduled during 2015. Graphic is designed so that publishers can add events of their choice.

The new version is designed for use on subscribers' web sites and contains records for a rolling two-month period. Users can add their own data to the XML file and images to the appropriate image folder. Full instructions are contained in the XML file.

Eight children killed in Australia’s Cairns – policeEight children killed in Australia’s Cairns – police

CAIRNS -- Australian police are investigating the deaths of eight children after their bodies were found in a home in the tropical northern city of Cairns.

U.S. to restore full relations with CubaU.S. to restore full relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON -- Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama have opened formal talks on restoring diplomatic relations after a 52-year trade embargo.

2014: Highs and lows of the year2014: Highs and lows of the year

LONDON -- Worsening conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola, loss of flights MH370 and MH17, and landing a spacecraft on a comet.

New suit could improve treatment of EbolaNew suit could improve treatment of Ebola

BALTIMORE -- A suit devised by a team from Johns Hopkins University could help increase the protection of healthcare workers battling Ebola.

2015: Preview of the year ahead2015: Preview of the year ahead

LONDON -- Elections take place in Nigeria, Israel, Britain, Turkey, Argentina, Myanmar and Spain. Lithuania joins the euro, Germany hosts a G7 summit, and NASA sends the first spacecraft to Pluto.

Russian rouble suffers steepest drop in 16 yearsRussian rouble suffers steepest drop in 16 years

MOSCOW -- Russia’s rouble has lost more than half its value against the dollar since January, stirring memories of the 1998 crisis when Russia defaulted on its debt.

2014: The surprising origins of Mr. Claus2014: The surprising origins of Mr. Claus

LONDON -- From Saint Nicholas, a wealthy Greek bishop in fourth-century Asia Minor who helped the poor with secret gifts to the Dutch Sinterklaas and Santa Claus.

Fiat’s 500X aimed at American marketFiat’s 500X aimed at American market

LONDON -- The new 500X crossover is Fiat’s first model designed with the U.S. market in mind. Small SUVs are currently the hottest-selling vehicles worldwide.

Palestinians seek UN vote on statehoodPalestinians seek UN vote on statehood

RAMALLAH -- Officials are planning to push for a UN Security Council vote on a resolution for ending Israeli occupation and a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

2014: Last farewell to those who died this year2014: Last farewell to those who died this year

LONDON -- In 2014 we say goodbye to Robin Williams, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, Claudio Abbado, Alfredo Di Stefano, and many others.

2015:  Next year's blockbuster movies2015: Next year's blockbuster movies

LONDON -- Films to be released in 2015 include Star Wars, The Martian, Inferno, In the Heart of the Sea, Taken 3, Mad Max, Mission: Impossible 5, and Jurassic World.

2014: Year of scientific achievements2014: Year of scientific achievements

LONDON -- Scientific breakthroughs in 2014 have affected all aspects of modern life, from medicine, to space exploration, to the future of renewable technologies.

2014: Technology dominates year-end top toys2014: Technology dominates year-end top toys

LONDON -- State-of-the-art technology dominates many of this year’s hottest toys for kids, with internet-connected dolls, interactive robots, tablets and smartwatches.

66 journalists killed in 2014 – report
66 journalists killed in 2014 – report

PARIS -- At least 66 journalists have been killed this year, says Reporters Without Borders, adding that the murders are becoming increasingly barbaric.

Dec 15: Champions League Last 16 drawDec 15: Champions League Last 16 draw

NYON -- The tournament reaches the knockout stage, with key ties including PSG taking on Chelsea, and Manchester City clashing with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Dec: English Premier League fixturesDec: English Premier League fixtures

LONDON -- English Premier League Matchdays are on 2, 3, 6, 13, 14, 20, 26, 28. Sportlive Tournament Guide and Matchtracker show fixtures and results, with live statistics during matches.

Jan 15: FIFA Ballon d'Or awardsJan 15: FIFA Ballon d'Or awards

ZURICH -- The final shortlist for this year's top footballer again includes La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, plus German "sweeper-keeper" Manuel Neuer.

Jan 17: African Cup of Nations kicks offJan 17: African Cup of Nations kicks off

MALABO -- The host nation kick off the tournament, which they co-hosted two years ago with neighbours Gabon, after Morocco refused because of the Ebola epidemic.