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Some paedophiles 'won't be charged'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:16:48 GMT

Some of the UK's estimated 50,000 paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency says.

Brits my boss, not Barroso, says PM
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:17:16 GMT

David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of EU migrants to work in the UK by Christmas, insisting the British people and not Brussels officials are his "boss".

Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:35:39 GMT

Tributes are paid to British actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham, who has died at the age of 66 after suffering colon cancer.

Child poverty targets 'won't be hit'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:34:29 GMT

The UK risks being "permanently divided" between rich and poor unless more is done to boost social mobility, says Alan Milburn, the government's anti-poverty tsar.

Nigeria declared free of Ebola
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:48:44 GMT

The World Health Organization declares Nigeria officially free of Ebola - hailing it a "spectacular success story" - after six weeks with no new cases.

Mansion tax 'at least £250 a month'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:49:43 GMT

Ed Balls says owners of properties worth between £2m and £3m will pay an extra £250 a month in "mansion tax" under a future Labour government - with higher rates for higher value homes.

Movers hit as Bank system stops
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:36:31 GMT

House movers remain delayed after the Bank of England stopped an automated system that transfers billions of pounds between banks for much of the day.

Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:08:18 GMT

Turkey is to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to Kobane to fight Islamic State militants, its foreign minister says.

Sweden steps up 'mystery sub' hunt
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:27:47 GMT

Sweden steps up its search in waters off Stockholm and tells some civilian vessels to leave the area amid suspicions of a Russian submarine.

Exiled Nazis collected US benefits
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:47:32 GMT

The US has paid dozens of exiled Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social benefits after forcing them to leave the country, a new report finds.

Fire leaves half power station shut
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:22:09 GMT

RWE npower, the owner of Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire, says half of the site will remain out of action indefinitely after a fire.

Man jailed for anti-Semitic MP tweet
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:14:56 GMT

A man is jailed for four weeks for sending an anti-Semitic tweet to Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger.

BBC Radio 1 broke swearing rules
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:55 GMT

BBC Radio 1 broke broadcasting guidelines when Lily Allen and Ed Sheeran swore on air during the Big Weekend festival, watchdog Ofcom says.

VIDEO: Mobile screens to help the short sighted
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:50:31 GMT

Scientists at MIT are working on trying to create "superhuman vision".

VIDEO: Managing 'sleeping beauty' syndrome
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:54:17 GMT

BBC Inside Out meets a young woman whose extremely rare illness - Kleine-Levin Syndrome - causes her to sleep for weeks on end.

VIDEO: Big league for gamers in Seoul
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:21:47 GMT

Tens of thousands of fans turn out to watch competitors play each other at the League of Legends World Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

VIDEO: UK poised for autumn storm
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:55:30 GMT

Winds gusting at 70mph have been forecast as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK on Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Investigation into US 'pumpkin riot'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:26:17 GMT

An annual pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire, turned violent as the event descended into a night of rioting.

VIDEO: Star Wars for the senses
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:19 GMT

A Star Wars sci-fi convention has been set up for people with disabilities. Feel the Force Day was set up so that as many people as possible could access and experience Star Wars

VIDEO: Panorama: Inside Taliban stronghold
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:24:11 GMT

BBC Panorama has gained unique access inside a Taliban stronghold, little more than an hour's drive from the capital, Kabul.

VIDEO: Robot dragon versus giant spider
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:32 GMT

Two mythical creatures, a giant spider and a huge dragon, have faced one another in battle at Beijing's Olympic Park.

VIDEO: Women break mass skydive record
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:21:05 GMT

The record for the largest all-female skydive formation has been broken by 117 women in California.

DJ Mike Read defends UKIP Calypso
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:43:28 GMT

Former BBC Radio 1 host Mike Read defends a song he has written in support of UKIP after he is accused of racism on social media.

Navratilova slams ITF over Williams
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:58:52 GMT

Martina Navratilova slams the International Tennis Federation's "silence" after one of its members mocks the Williams sisters.

Clark sacked by Birmingham City
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:03:43 GMT

Birmingham City sack manager Lee Clark and his assistant Steve Watson, with Blues lying 21st in the Championship.

Kobayashi's Caterham safety 'scare'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:58:23 GMT

Kamui Kobayashi admitted to being "seriously troubled" about the safety of his Caterham during the Russian GP weekend.

Gilchrist to captain Scots for Tests
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:35:26 GMT

Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland in the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.

Does English cricket neglect Asians?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:04:40 GMT

England's Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara hope to inspire the next generation of UK-born Asian cricketers to become professionals.

Housing 'plateau' as rates fall
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:08:27 GMT

The housing market is "sitting on a plateau", a lenders' group has said, despite renewed competition between providers on mortgage rates.

VIDEO: New president has long to-do list
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:05:11 GMT

Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo officially starts in the top job today, but pushing through his reform programme won't be easy.

UKIP's alliance in Europe rescued
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:34:43 GMT

A Polish MEP joins the UK Independence Party's Eurosceptic grouping, restoring its status in the European Parliament.

VIDEO: Secret 'tapes' trip up politicians
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:43:41 GMT

New technology makes it easy to record private comments embarrassing politicians unaware their words would go viral.

Liver deaths rise linked to alcohol
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:12 GMT

Britain's drinking culture has sparked a worrying rise in liver disease deaths, warn health officials.

AUDIO: Nursing morale at 'heartbreaking' low
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:43:00 GMT

A nurse claims "heartbreaking" levels of low morale are driving staff out of the profession

Boarding schools issue Ebola advice
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:37:19 GMT

The Boarding Schools Association has issued guidance on Ebola after some heads asked how to deal with students returning from affected countries.

VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:50:45 GMT

A new report claims that the government will fail to meet its child poverty reduction targets by 2020.

Google changes 'to fight piracy'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:27 GMT

Google announces changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy.

VIDEO: Take a look at the Dr Who video game
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:06:20 GMT

The BBC has produced a computer game called 'The Doctor and the Dalek', as part of the Make it Digital initiative to get more young people into computer coding.

African solar plan to power UK homes
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:29:26 GMT

Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

Reggae singer John Holt dies at 69
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:44:15 GMT

Reggae singer John Holt, who was famed for writing and singing the original version of Blondie's hit The Tide is High, dies aged 69.

VIDEO: Star Wars for the senses
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:19 GMT

A Star Wars sci-fi convention has been set up for people with disabilities. Feel the Force Day was set up so that as many people as possible could access and experience Star Wars

The 'handsome minister' who's set hearts aflutter
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:52:33 GMT

Sweden's new health minister has set pulses racing - but not at home. He caused a bit of a stir in Turkey after someone spotted his photo on Twitter.

Do US presidents carry cash?
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:33:01 GMT

Barack Obama's credit card was once rejected - do US presidents carry cash?

Double decker bus crash injures 45
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:07:28 GMT

A man is arrested after 45 people are injured in a collision involving a double decker bus and a car in Hertfordshire.

Twin guilty of murdering brother
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:31:40 GMT

A man is found guilty of murdering his identical twin in a drunken argument on New Year's Eve.

Carrier bag charge comes into effect
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:26:11 GMT

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.

Celtic goalkeeper attacked in street
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:39:12 GMT

Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska is assaulted in the street while on a night out in Glasgow.

Toddler in hospital after 'assault'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:28:53 GMT

Police are questioning a man in his 20s about an alleged assault on a two-year-old girl in Bessbrook, County Armagh.

FM meets abuse cover-up claim woman
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:51:01 GMT

A west Belfast woman who claims republicans were involved in a cover-up of sexual abuse holds talks with First Minister Peter Robinson.

Remains of hurricane to hit Wales
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:37:50 GMT

Gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to affect most areas of Wales as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo arrives in Britain, the Met Office warns.

Man defrauded grandfather of £20,000
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:41:02 GMT

A man who defrauded his grandfather of £20,000 after he persuaded him to let him manage his accounts is jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Zambia's Sata goes for health check
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:38:22 GMT

Zambia's President Michael Sata, 77, flies abroad for a medical check-up amid persistent speculation that he is seriously ill.

Dewani dubbed 'cold and controlling'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:15:03 GMT

The cousin of Anni Dewani, who was killed while on honeymoon in South Africa, tells a court she was "suspicious" of Anni's husband.

Sri Lanka calls early elections
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:15:30 GMT

Sri Lanka will hold early presidential elections in January, a government minister says, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to seek a third term.

Player dies after goal celebration
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:36:38 GMT

Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from the injuries he suffered after landing awkwardly when he celebrated a goal.

Amnesty deplores abuses in Ukraine
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:12:34 GMT

Amnesty International finds evidence of atrocities committed by both warring sides in eastern Ukraine, but not on the scale reported by Russia.

Spanish nurse's Ebola test negative
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:39:20 GMT

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the government says.

Federal police sent to Mexico towns
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:42:58 GMT

Mexican federal police are put in charge of security in towns surrounding Iguala, the city where 43 students went missing more than three weeks ago.

Morales's Bolivia poll win confirmed
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:42:48 GMT

Official results from Bolivia's presidential election confirm incumbent president Evo Morales has won a third term in office and will govern until 2020.

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:41:49 GMT

Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Iraq approves Australia anti-IS unit
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:11:06 GMT

Australia closes a deal to allow 200 special forces into Iraq to train local troops to fight against Islamic State, after a month-long legal row.

Seven women's bodies found in US
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:07:13 GMT

A man in the US state of Indiana confessed to a motel murder and directed police where to find more bodies - and six more were found.

Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:51:53 GMT

Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected ringleader of the September 2012 raid on a US diplomatic post in the Libyan city of Benghazi, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

EU migration and child poverty - the papers
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:15:48 GMT

Comments on David Cameron's plans to cap EU migration and government anti-poverty "failures" make the front pages.

Day in pictures: 20 October
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:03:45 GMT

24 hours of news images: 20 October

In pictures: Derry in 1969
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT

Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron

Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:36 GMT

Actress Lynda Bellingham's career on screen

In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:55 GMT

Aftermath of worst flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir

Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:11:33 GMT

News photos from around the world

Day in pictures: 17 October
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:29:56 GMT

24 hours of news images: 17 October

From silver mine to wet plate
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:27:47 GMT

From silver mine to wet plate in Peru

In pictures: Hong Kong protest art
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:58:29 GMT

Creativity on the streets of Hong Kong

VIDEO: European Parliament
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:22:55 GMT

The Foreign Affairs Committee approves the EU trade deal with Moldova

VIDEO: Didcot fire wreckage from the air
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:29:18 GMT

A serious fire at Didcot power station destroyed three cooling towers. Jon Kay reports from a helicopter above the scene in Oxfordshire.

VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:22:02 GMT

The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the frontline in north-east Syria.

VIDEO: 'Nobody decides when they can die'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:43:48 GMT

Actress Lynda Bellingham spoke to BBC Breakfast in October 2014 about her decision to give up chemotherapy treatment

VIDEO: Aberdeen up for 'most dismal town'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:38:38 GMT

Aberdeen is among the nominees for the Carbuncle award, given to the "most dismal town in Scotland".

VIDEO: Fighting around Kobane continues
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:03:43 GMT

There have been some skirmishes around the Syrian town of Kobane between Islamic State and Kurdish forces.

VIDEO: Charge for carrier bags in Scotland
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:02:03 GMT

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier-bag charge which has come into force in Scotland.

VIDEO: Who is calling who in Rochester?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:28:54 GMT

UKIP claim Tories are behind phone calls from fake political pollsters in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

VIDEO: Nigeria's 'hero doctor' who spotted Ebola
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:26:44 GMT

The WHO is expected to declare Nigeria free from Ebola on Monday with no reported cases of the virus for six weeks due to a rapid and thorough response from healthcare professionals.

The fighter pilots who navigated war using a school atlas
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:09:32 GMT

WW1 fighter pilots who navigated using a school atlas

What laws currently cover trolling?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:07 GMT

What social media insults are against the law?

Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:16:37 GMT

Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris

When the average age of death was zero
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:03:22 GMT

The time when the average age of death was zero

On the tracks of Australia's last record maker
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:21:50 GMT

Getting into the groove with Australia's last record maker

Why firms don't want you to be brilliant
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:21:57 GMT

Why being brilliant is not enough at work

Australia page for BBC News website
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:14:38 GMT

How we are improving the BBC's coverage of Australia

Ebola: WHO under fire over response to epidemic
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:02:23 GMT

Global health body under fire over Ebola

China says no to Dumbledore
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:59:17 GMT

China says 'No' to Dumbledore

A big week for the NHS
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:28:26 GMT

NHS England's chief to give his five-year vision for health service

EU immigration - the Croatian solution?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:39:39 GMT

How can migration be limited without affecting freedom of movement?