A prominent Saudi cleric issued a religious ruling against snowmen and other creatures, suggesting 'lifeless' forms such as boats and fruits instead.
Certainly the three murderers in Paris were offended. But should they be allowed to speak for all Muslims?
Oil prices continue their downward spiral; The Obama administration pushes back on climate and energy against new Republican leadership in Congress; Global investment in renewable energy rises for the first time in years. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.
South Koreans debate their big, family-dominated businesses after an incident involving the daughter of Korean Air's chairman. From India to Saudi Arabia, clannish governance and ruling by bloodlines are under scrutiny.
Police cadets and others waiting outside a Yemen police academy in Sanaa were among more than 30 reportedly killed. Suspicions fell on the local Al Qaeda branch, which has attacked military targets in the past.
High levels of oil output come at a time when the world is already oversupplied, which is making oil prices tumble. That, in turn, is forcing down the share prices of several of the oil majors.