Turkeys avoid roast
Around 100 turkeys destined for the Christmas dinner table have been rescued from a huge barn fire.
But the birds, plucked from the fire in Gloucestershire, are unlikely to be spared from the Christmas slaughter. The blaze is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.
Phone thief not appy
A woman unwittingly took her own picture as she unlocked a stolen iPhone – only for the image to be sent to the owner who then called in police.
An app on the phone takes a picture of anyone who tries to unlock it, maps their location and sends the information to the owner, UK police said. The phone was stolen from a nightclub in Brighton.
Fr Frost is frozen out
Uzbekistan appears to be taking a leaf out of a Dr Seuss story amid claims it is stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves.
President Islam Karimov's government has imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his snow maiden sidekick. The characters are fixtures across the former Soviet world. Uzbekistan has proven hostile to holidays deemed insufficiently native in the past.
Tibetan under fire
Police have detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province accusing them of instigating the deaths of eight ethnic Tibetans who set themselves on fire on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers.
An official report did not detail what evidence police had of the Buddhist leader's involvement. It said Lorang Konchok (40) was in contact with Dalai Lama supporters overseas and had recruited eight self-immolation volunteers since 2009.
Mandela 'doing well'
Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela is "doing very, very well" while undergoing unspecified medical tests at a hospital.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula gave the update after seeing Mr Mandela (94) who has been hospitalised there for three days.
McAfee safe for now
US software pioneer John McAfee, facing deportation from Guatemala to Belize to answer questions over the death of a neighbour, has bought himself some time with legal appeals.
McAfee's lawyers have filed a request to grant him leave to stay in Guatemala until his appeals against deportation have been settled, which could take months.