Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves after a news conference to announce that new data has concluded that flight MH370's final position was in the southern Indian Ocean

Cause of plane's fate remains a mystery

24 Mar While families of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been given the news that it crashed, the cause of the aircraft's fate remains a mystery.

Pope Benedict's shock announcement reverberated around the world (Pic: EPA)

What a difference a year makes

11 Feb Deputy Foreign Editor Fiona Mitchell looks back on one of the most momentous days in the Catholic Church's recent history

Boeing 777-200 model only seen one fatal crash

Strong safety record of Boeing 777s

08 Mar The Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was a Boeing 777, a model which up to now has seen only one fatal crash.

Seattle Seahawks celebrated their Super Bowl win in traditional fashion

Image of the Day: Super Bowl Celebrations

03 Feb Tight end Zach Miller and quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Mamoru Samuragochi shot to fame in the 1990s (Pic: EPA)

'Japan's Beethoven' cannot read music

06 Feb The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" claimed that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired - and could not even write sheet music.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency with no central bank and is not backed by any government (Pic: EPA)

Key facts about bitcoin

25 Feb The website of the Japan-based bitcoin trading exchange MtGox disappeared amid claims that a massive theft had taken place over two years, emptying its digital vaults of more than $300m of the digital currency

Over 2.6 million people are expected to attend the snow festival

Image of the Day: Snow Sculpture

27 Jan Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force take part in the construction of a snow model of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which stands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Matteo Renzi accepted the post of PM at Quirinale presidential palace in Rome (Pic: EPA)

Key figures in Italy's new government

21 Feb Italy's new government line-up brings together prestigious political figures and relative unknowns, from a chief OECD economist to an anti-mafia fighter.

Montreux is better known for its jazz festival in July

Jazz hub at centre of Syria peace drive

22 Jan Better known for its jazz festival and as the inspiration for rock anthem "Smoke on the Water", Swiss town Montreux is now the hub of efforts to end the war in Syria.