A record-breaking partnership of 256 between David Miller and JP Duminy led South Africa to a 62-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday.
A dramatic penalty shoot-out ended with Ivory Coast prevailing over Ghana in a goalless African Cup of Nations 2015 final in Equatorial Guinea.
The Serbian beat Andy Murray at Melbourne Park by 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0. Murray has now been runner-up four times
Japan has condemned the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto allegedly by the Islamic State group.
Following the death of President Michael Sata in October, the ruling Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu has received 48.3% of the vote.
Tournament favourite Algeria avoided an unpleasant surprise at the African Cup of Nations on Monday, while four-time champion Ghana did not.
Survivors of the Boko Haram massacre that took place around the town of Baga, Nigeria, describe the militants slaughtering some people "like insects".
Hundreds of bodies are left in a bush in Nigeria from a Boko Haram attack, killing mostly children, women and elderly people.
Seven people were killed, including three gunmen, after police initiated twin assaults at two locations in the hunt for the Charlie Hebdo attackers.
Revelers converged on the beaches of Brazil, the skyscrapers of Dubai and New York's Times Square to say goodbye to 2014.