New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray walk past a sea of policemen while arriving for the funeral services of New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Rafael Ramos in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Thousands gather for slain NY police officer's funeral

NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.  Full Article | Video 

U.S., allies conduct 12 air strikes against Islamic State: Task Force 9:44am EST

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies carried out 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said.

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington for Internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.  Full Article 

Members of pro-Russian rebels walk past a Ukrainian serviceman during an exchange of prisoners of war outside Donetsk December 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap prisoners

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.  Full Article | Video 

A fighter jet flies above as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

After turbulent 2014, next year looks as stormy

From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent.  Full Article 

A man observes a Tesla Roadster while it charges during an electric car rally from Tallinn to Monte-Carlo in Parnu June 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

New Roadster 3.0 to cover 400 miles per charge

U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.  Full Article 

The Sunshield test unit to be used on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, in this NASA handout picture released July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/NASA/Chris Gunn/Handout

NASA readies next phase of Hubble successor

What may not look impressive now is actually the next big technological advancement in space exploration. The James Webb Space Telescope "will pick up where Hubble leaves off."  Video 

People look at Microsoft Surface computers as they shop at a Best Buy in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Electronics weak, travel strong in holiday sales

Consumers spent on lodging and restaurants during the holiday season, while sales of electronics were flat, reflecting an ongoing shift toward spending on "experiences" rather than goods.  Full Article 

Port St. Lucie police officers display a captured 12-foot Burmese Python in this August 8, 2014 handout photo provided by the Port St. Lucie Police Department August 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Port St. Lucie Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Animals preside over year's oddest stories

NEW YORK - In a review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014, it was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
Widow of slain NYPD officer receives his burial flag

The widow of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, whose funeral attracted tens of thousands of officers, receives his burial flag during a formal salute that included a helicopter fly-by. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The stories of 2014

Here's a collection of pictures that narrates its own stories - stories of compelling human drama, political upheaval, war and peace.  Full Coverage 

Adama Tarawallie reacts near her husband Ibrahim, 31, a suspected Ebola victim, as they wait to be transported from Devils Hole North, west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Fighting Ebola

Sierra Leone, neighbouring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases.  Full Coverage 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. French police dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros ($272,800) in the first such operation in Europe a public prosecutor said on Monday.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)

Bitcoin’s defects will hasten its demise

The leading crypto-currency’s economies of scale in mining and its transaction system’s vulnerability to subversion by a dominant miner make it unsound.  Full Article