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Scottish Labour leader stands down
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:42:42 GMT

Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont resigns with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

Fourth Portsmouth man killed in Syria
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:52:12 GMT

A fourth man from Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for Islamic State is believed to have been killed.

Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:00:39 GMT

The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak passes 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization's latest report says.

Iran hangs woman despite campaign
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:49:13 GMT

Iran defies an international campaign and hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:28:28 GMT

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

Attacks 'threaten Egypt's existence'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:03:52 GMT

Egypt faces an existential threat from jihadists, the president says, after at least 31 soldiers are killed in two attacks in the Sinai peninsula.

Man killed in west Belfast shooting
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:48:11 GMT

A man dies in hospital after he was shot in a west Belfast alleyway 30 minutes after a serious brawl broke out in a nearby street.

Cost of driving licence to be cut
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:01:11 GMT

The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.

New HS2 station proposed for Crewe
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:55:58 GMT

A report into the route of the second phase of the controversial fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station be built in Crewe.

Plan to clamp down on nuisance calls
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:07:40 GMT

Companies which cause "annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety" with marketing calls and text messages could be fined up to £500,000, ministers say.

New York axe attack 'terrorist act'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:40:48 GMT

Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert.

Google boss sets new skydive record
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:35:51 GMT

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

VIDEO: Paris's Picasso museum reopens
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:13:33 GMT

Paris's world-renowned Picasso museum is reopening after being closed for five years.

VIDEO: Using Facebook to get a pay rise
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:13:53 GMT

BBC News speaks to the creators of Smarpshare, who want employees to become brand ambassadors for their firms.

VIDEO: Learning how to leap around a city
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:56:25 GMT

The UK's first specialised Parkour, or freerunning, academies have opened to encourage people to learn how to do it in a safe environment.

VIDEO: Dangers of doping in rugby union
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT

A year ago, rugby player Sam Chalmers' world collapsed after he admitted using prohibited substances.

VIDEO: Police spy 'was paid to love me'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:58:47 GMT

The Metropolitan Police is to pay more than £400,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man who she did not know was an undercover police officer.

VIDEO: Speed racing on city ring-road
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:42:09 GMT

Coventry is to become the first UK city for years to stage competitive motor-sport on public roads.

VIDEO: Gorilla gets 'Bake Off' birthday cake
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:12 GMT

A gorilla with a fondness for pink celebrated her 40th birthday at London Zoo on Thursday with a colourful gourmet parsnip, potato and carrot cake.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:05:08 GMT

The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

'Edging toward the EU exit?'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:08:46 GMT

Saturday's newspapers focus mainly on the row over the European Union's demand for an additional £1.7bn from the UK. There is also the tale of the woman who is allergic to Simon Cowell.

Lost Malcolm Lowry novel published
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:33:03 GMT

A novel by British-born author Malcolm Lowry is being published 70 years after its manuscript was thought to have been destroyed in a fire.

Dog in one-minute crossbow operation
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:06:45 GMT

The delicate operation to remove a crossbow bolt from a dog's head "took just one minute", the RSPCA says.

England edge Samoa in thriller
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:36:43 GMT

England narrowly hold on for victory against Samoa in a pulsating Four Nations encounter in Brisbane.

West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:25:21 GMT

Manchester City's title ambitions suffer a setback as Diafra Sakho scores to help earn West Ham earn a 2-1 victory.

Ex-PGA boss sorry for Poulter tweet
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:43:33 GMT

Ted Bishop, former president of the PGA of America, apologises after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

Ulster 13-23 Toulon
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:12:13 GMT

Ulster's hopes of making the European Champions Cup knockout stages are hanging by a thread as Toulon win in Belfast.

Marussia & Caterham 'to miss' US GP
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:43:32 GMT

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says both Marussia and Caterham will miss next weekend's US Grand Prix.

Used car buyers 'need more support'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:03:08 GMT

Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.

Ex-first ministers hit out at Labour
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:50:20 GMT

Two former first ministers of Scotland have hit out at Labour's treatment of its Scottish leader Johann Lamont.

VIDEO: Wood: Time for Wales to step up
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:37:54 GMT

The majority of people in Wales want to see their assembly take on more powers, says the leader of Plaid Cymru.

Cancer-killing cells made in the lab
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:46 GMT

Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.

AUDIO: Ebola health worker's audio diary fears
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:06:07 GMT

Dr Geraldine O'Hara, an infectious diseases specialist from Huddersfield, has recorded a series of audio diaries while she is in Sierra Leone.

Students fined over sexist chants
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:31:10 GMT

A number of students are fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.

VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:05:49 GMT

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

Hailo says Uber blocked investors
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:35 GMT

After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

AUDIO: Is technology killing old loved books?
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:07:23 GMT

Josh Spero, author of Second Hand Stories and editor of Spear's Magazine, and the author Erica Wagner, a former literary editor of the Times mull the question of high tech and old books.

Science chief warns on acid oceans
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

VIDEO: Chimps carry out night time raids
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:34:03 GMT

Wild chimps carry out night time crop raids, footage reveals, suggesting the animals are being pushed into more risky behaviour.

Alvin Stardust album gets early release
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:07 GMT

The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.

VIDEO: Paris's Picasso museum reopens
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:13:33 GMT

Paris's world-renowned Picasso museum is reopening after being closed for five years.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:15 GMT

Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

Why do professional sportsmen try trick shots?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:40:39 GMT

Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela scored a spectacular goal from outside the area by using a "trick shot". What drives professional sports people to attempt high-risk moves?

Police hunt missing sex offender
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:21:05 GMT

Police are searching for a convicted sex offender who has breached the conditions of her release from prison.

Man 'raped by priest 65 years ago'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:33:01 GMT

A 72-year-old man says he was raped by a priest in a Bedfordshire boys' home 65 years ago.

Weather warning over heavy rain
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:30:01 GMT

An amber weather warning is issued for the west Highlands and the Western Isles for Sunday and Monday.

Woman dies after two-car crash
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:13:03 GMT

A 49-year-old woman dies after her crash collided with another car on the A862 Dingwall to Ardullie road in the Highlands.

Case unfairly politicised says Adams
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:48:19 GMT

The case of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill has been unfairly politicised, says Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.

Masked gang with iron bars hit man
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:47:35 GMT

A man is attacked in his County Down home by masked men carrying iron bars.

RAF pilot training boost welcomed
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:21:54 GMT

The move to bring basic pilot training for the RAF and Royal Navy to Anglesey is warmly welcomed by island economic development portfolio holder.

Jones 'not afraid' of NHS scrutiny
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:27:06 GMT

First Minister Carwyn Jones tells Radio 4's Any Questions he is not afraid of scrutiny of the NHS in Wales.

Mulaudzi killed in a car crash
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:06:51 GMT

Former Olympic 800m silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi is killed in a road traffic accident in his native South Africa.

Rwanda bans BBC over genocide film
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:57 GMT

Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts in the Kinyarwanda language with immediate effect because of a controversial documentary about the 1994 genocide.

Vietnam tycoon arrested for 'fraud'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:42:46 GMT

One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.

Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:47:11 GMT

A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.

Mass protest over Italy job reforms
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:04:08 GMT

A mass protest is held in the Italian capital, Rome, against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for labour market reform.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:06:58 GMT

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:56:09 GMT

An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s.

US judge sentences Farc commander
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:38:50 GMT

A US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American citizens in 2003.

US urges probe into West Bank death
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:03:05 GMT

The US urges an investigation after an Palestinian-American teenager is shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:15 GMT

Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.

Two US Ebola nurses free of virus
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:10:30 GMT

Two nurses infected with Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas are declared free of the deadly virus, a day after the first infection in New York.

Royals edge ahead in World Series
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:04:42 GMT

Kansas City Royals beat San Francisco Giants 3-2 in Game Three to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.

Day in pictures: 23 October
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT

24 hours of news images: 23 October

Your pictures: Steps
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:11:23 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "steps"

In pictures: Feline focus
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:39 GMT

An online exhibition of cats

In pictures: Ottawa shootings
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:13 GMT

Images from outside the Canadian parliament

In pictures: India celebrates Diwali
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT

Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival

Day in pictures: 21 October
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT

24 hours of news images: 21 October

What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT

What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites

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

Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron

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

The Foreign Affairs Committee approves the EU trade deal with Moldova

VIDEO: Record skydive from edge of space
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:36:18 GMT

Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.

VIDEO: Gun battles on streets of Lebanon
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:48:33 GMT

Lebanese army forces and Sunni Islamist militants, thought to be linked to Islamic State, have been involved in intense fighting in the country's second city, Tripoli.

VIDEO: How did UK man die in Syria air strike?
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:30:12 GMT

A British man has been confirmed dead in a US air strike on jihadist targets in Syria.

VIDEO: Flash floods in Athens
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:42:27 GMT

People in the Greek capital, Athens, are clearing up after flash floods caused major disruption in parts of the city.

VIDEO: One killed in US school shooting
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:40:36 GMT

One person was shot dead and four students wounded in a school by a student who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say.

VIDEO: Man starts fire at petrol station
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:56:14 GMT

CCTV footage showing the moment a man started a fire at a petrol station has been released by police.

VIDEO: Sargy Mann: Painting with inner vision
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:38:20 GMT

Artist Sargy Mann has been registered blind for 25 years. His paintings are highly acclaimed and sought-after.

VIDEO: 'Putin is a bigger threat than IS'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:29:29 GMT

Russian former chess master turned politician, Garry Kasparov, says Russia's President Putin is a bigger threat than so-called Islamic State.

Lost football grounds - part II
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:57:39 GMT

England's lost football grounds - part II

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:02 GMT

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?

How to reduce your Inheritance Tax
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:26:27 GMT

How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

The hardship posting to end all hardship postings
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:05:33 GMT

The hardship posting which may have inspired an English idiom

Picasso Museum sees grand reopening
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:21:56 GMT

Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation

Top 10 tips for being a comedian
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:07:29 GMT

Paul Merton advises how to make it as a comedian

VIDEO: Swearing for feminism
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:02:38 GMT

Does a good cause justify little girls using bad language?

Baffling ballet
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:20:13 GMT

Unravelling the flocking habits of starlings

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:17:05 GMT

Walk on the Wild Side's bass line cost £17, and more nuggets

Go Figure: The week in numbers
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:15 GMT

The week's big numbers visualised

Why is the UK being asked for more money?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:12:22 GMT

Why is the UK being asked for more money?