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Woolf 'unsuitable' say victim groups
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:53 GMT

Victims' groups tell Home Office officials they are "unanimous" in their view that the head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse should resign.

Bodies found after fireworks blaze
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:45:05 GMT

Two bodies are found after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford, police say

Warmest UK Halloween on record
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:11:49 GMT

This year's Halloween is the warmest on record in the UK, with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C, breaking the previous record of 20C.

Burkina Faso's president resigns
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:42:16 GMT

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore resigns following violent protests, with army chief Honore Traore taking over as head of state.

Life term for puppy farm murders
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:05:33 GMT

An 82-year-old man is jailed for life for murdering his partner and her daughter who he shot at close range at his puppy farm in Surrey.

Meyiwa suspect in court in S Africa
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:08:04 GMT

A suspect appears in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa in a robbery.

Labour win police commissioner poll
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:03:45 GMT

Labour's Alan Billings wins the by-election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, following the resignation of Shaun Wright.

UN chief defends Ebola aid workers
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:31:17 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says discrimination against humanitarian workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unacceptable".

Harris loses conviction appeal bid
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:38:29 GMT

Entertainer Rolf Harris loses the first round of a legal challenge against his conviction for indecent assaults.

Firefighters set for pensions strike
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:42:11 GMT

Firefighters across England are to start a four-day strike later in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.

Alcohol 'should have calorie labels'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:10:00 GMT

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:00 GMT

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.

VIDEO: Sixty years of British animation
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:44:04 GMT

It has been 60 years since the animated adaptation of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' - the first British animated film.

VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:32:12 GMT

The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola.

VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT

A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:10:15 GMT

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

VIDEO: Inside a haunted house in Louisiana
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:57:47 GMT

It's Halloween and nowhere is it celebrated more than in the US. The BBC Pop Up team went behind the scenes at one of America's scariest haunted houses in Baton Rouge.

VIDEO: The dancers who light up the stage
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:12:14 GMT

The Japanese dance group using wearable technology to lighten up their act.

VIDEO: What happened to Remploy workers?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:35:50 GMT

A year after the last Remploy factory closed, Nikki Fox looks at what has happened to former workers - and what options are available to them

VIDEO: Stars glow at Interstellar premiere
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:22:09 GMT

The stars of Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Interstellar praise its "ambition" at the film's European premiere.

How much can UK campaign hurt IS?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:12:03 GMT

The UK has signed up to limited strategic military action in Iraq against Islamic State - and there are questions over its ability to do much more, says Jonathan Marcus.

Fashion challenge for Apple's Ive
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:13:32 GMT

Can Apple design guru Jony Ive turn the smartwatch into a hit?

Global tax rules 'need tightening'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:09:43 GMT

People may not like paying tax. But what is even less popular is the thought they have no choice while others have much more control over their tax bill, says the BBC's Sebastian Chrispin.

VIDEO: What happened to TV cameras in court?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:18:07 GMT

It has been one year since TV cameras started rolling in the Court of Appeal. But what has happened since? Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman investigates.

The price of peace in Colombia
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:19:17 GMT

As peace talks between the Colombian government and Farc rebels enter their third year, Vanessa Buschschluter asks what a peaceful Colombia would look like.

VIDEO: Quarantine fuels US political row
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:17:19 GMT

BBC News looks at how the battle against Ebola has become a political football - in 60 seconds.

Bend It Like Beckham set for stage
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:57 GMT

A musical version of the hit 2002 British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year.

Dench and Watson honoured in LA
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:08 GMT

Actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Junior are among the stars honoured at the Britannia Awards hosted by Bafta in LA.

Hamilton fastest in America practice
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:37:32 GMT

Lewis Hamilton sets the pace from Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice at the United States Grand Prix.

Wenger concerned about Twitter
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:52:28 GMT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is concerned by his players' use of social media site Twitter, plus more.

Predictions: Lawro v Rachel Riley
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:10:15 GMT

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley.

Why Burgess will succeed - Lancaster
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 GMT

England head coach Stuart Lancaster says Sam Burgess's "mental toughness" can lead him to success in rugby union.

Westwood has hole-in-one on PGA Tour
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:16:51 GMT

Lee Westwood posts a hole-in-one in a second round 65 to move into third, three shots behind Billy Hurley III, in Kuala Lumpur.

Banks may be forced to boost reserves
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:30:27 GMT

British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.

VIDEO: Zimbabwe's crocodile farms
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:23:42 GMT

Crocodile farming in Zimbabwe is an expensive, niche business, as the BBC's Brian Hungwe finds out.

Miliband in English buses pledge
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:56:12 GMT

Ed Miliband promises that a Labour government would grant cities and regions greater powers to improve bus services across England.

VIDEO: Policies face 'family-friendly 'checks
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:59:41 GMT

All new government policies in England now have to undergo a test to check whether they help families.

Genes 'play role in Ebola survival'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:36:03 GMT

Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive or die from the Ebola virus, say US scientists.

VIDEO: 'Drug abuse should be a health issue'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:12:45 GMT

The Liberal Democrat minister responsible for tackling drug use, Norman Baker, says the government should look at drug abuse as a health issue.

Ofsted 'will not win' on popularity
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:50:17 GMT

Ofsted is unlikely to win any popularity contests, the chief inspector has admitted in a speech.

AUDIO: 'Don't praise struggling pupils'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:26:40 GMT

Popular teaching practices "harmful to students' learning".

Pirate Bay founder gets jail term
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:50 GMT

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg sentenced to three-and-half years in prison after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers.

VIDEO: Prototype flying car shown off
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:18:17 GMT

BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:27 GMT

A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

VIDEO: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:05:36 GMT

A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.

BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:44 GMT

The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador to the UK.

VIDEO: Meet the accidental stormtrooper
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:08:53 GMT

Laurie Goode's fleeting role as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars 38 years ago still has an impact on his life today

Caption Challenge: Crane-osaurus
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:07:44 GMT

It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

What is the parliamentary dress code?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:59:53 GMT

MP Harriet Harman has worn a t-shirt with a feminist slogan to Prime Ministers questions. But what is the parliamentary dress code?

Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:18:38 GMT

A Labour "wipeout" in Scotland, the continuing threat from Ebola, and claims UK aid is fuelling bribery all make the headlines on Friday.

Trauma of man who found family dead
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:59:40 GMT

The neighbour of a family of four found dead in their Bradford home says he sees the father's body every time he tries to sleep.

Wheelchair drag driver handed ban
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:42:09 GMT

A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car is handed a two-year driving ban.

NHS Grampian chief to stand down
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:34:45 GMT

The chief executive of NHS Grampian, which has been embroiled in a staffing controversy, announces his early retirement.

Double contest for Scottish Labour
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:36 GMT

The Scottish Labour party is now seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.

DUP to 'bring welfare issue to head'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:29:28 GMT

The DUP says it intends to bring the controversial welfare reform issue 'to a head" before Christmas if it is not resolved in the current talks process.

A&E targets breached as MIUs close
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:42:34 GMT

Breaches of A&E waiting time targets in Northern Ireland increased "markedly" on the same day as health chiefs announced three minor injuries units (MIUs) are to shut.

Council chief's pay-off cash cut
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:40:10 GMT

A pay-off for Wales' highest paid council chief is finally approved by auditors after an agreement to cut the planned £330,000 deal by more than £50,000.

Man killed partner in fear of demons
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:31:14 GMT

A man cut his partner's throat to save her from a "fate worse than death" because he thought demons were about to break into their home in Ceredigion, a court heard.

Deadly blast at Nigeria bus station
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT

An explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria kills at least four people and injures 32 people, police say.

Cows to keep Kenyan girls in school
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:18:27 GMT

Nine cows will be offered to fathers in areas of northern Kenya to ensure their daughters finish their education, a county governor says.

Myanmar in rare multi-party talks
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:15 GMT

Myanmar's president holds rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year.

Lawsuit over Malaysia missing plane
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:12 GMT

Two children whose father was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared file a lawsuit against the airline and Malaysia's government.

Hungary scraps controversial web tax
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:00 GMT

Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:33 GMT

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Colombian Farc in civilian admission
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebel group acknowledges for the first time that its actions in Latin America's longest internal conflict "affected civilians".

Evacuations amid Costa Rica eruption
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:29:20 GMT

Costa Rica issues an alert and evacuates communities after ash from the Turrialba volcano reaches the capital, San Jose, and beyond.

Key Jerusalem holy site reopens
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:34:49 GMT

Israel reopens a key Jerusalem holy site after its temporary closure following the shooting of a prominent Jewish activist.

Mass graves found in western Iraq
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:29:32 GMT

Scores of bodies of Sunni Muslim tribesmen apparently killed by Islamic State militants are found in mass graves in western Iraq.

Jeers for accused US police killer
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:58:26 GMT

Local residents jeer and shout abuse at a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and eluding authorities on a weeks-long manhunt.

Charity warns US on Ebola quarantine
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:51:34 GMT

Charity Doctors Without Borders warns some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having a "chilling effect" on its work.

Day in pictures: 30 October
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:25:12 GMT

24 hours of news images: 30 October

Day in pictures: 29 October
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:07:03 GMT

24 hours of news images: 29 October

Day in pictures: 28 October
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:03:14 GMT

24 hours of news images: 28 October

Bolshoi behind bars
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:44:58 GMT

Costumes on show at a former prison

Day in pictures: 27 October
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:59:55 GMT

24 hours of news images: 27 October

Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:34 GMT

Top news images from 18-24 October

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"

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:03:44 GMT

The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill

VIDEO: Drinkers try the BBC booze calculator
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:39:19 GMT

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

VIDEO: Baby pandas wrestle with their keeper
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:23:55 GMT

A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it.

VIDEO: The mystery drones flying over nuclear sites
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:47:08 GMT

Unmanned aircraft have been seen flying over many of France's nuclear stations and the authorities don't know where they have come from.

VIDEO: 'Rage on the streets' in Burkina Faso
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:07:42 GMT

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore says he will stay in power for a year under a transitional government, following a day of violent protests demanding his resignation.

VIDEO: On the buses with Prince Harry
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:01:46 GMT

Prince Harry meets supporters of the British Legion's London Poppy Day Appeal at Buckingham Palace.

VIDEO: Wine vs doughnut: The hidden calories in booze
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:57:03 GMT

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

VIDEO: RFA Argus arrives in Sierra Leone
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:07:15 GMT

The Royal Navy's casualty ship RFA Argus has arrived in Sierra Leone to help to tackle the Ebola crisis.

VIDEO: 'Why I needed Danish sperm donor'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:46:04 GMT

A single mother with one-year-old twins explains to BBC Breakfast how she needed a Danish sperm donor and how she plans to tell the girls about their conception.

IPCC keen to avoid old ghosts
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:09:04 GMT

Climate talks stalked by spectre of the past

VIDEO: Meet the accidental stormtrooper
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:08:53 GMT

How one man's luck landed him a place in cinema history

Moving house: Nightmare or life-affirming?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:34:14 GMT

Is moving house a nightmare or life affirming?

How often is 'antifreeze' added to food and drink?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:33:01 GMT

How common is propylene glycol in food and drink?

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:05:44 GMT

What did Robbie's wife tell him to stop singing during labour?

Tips for a disability-friendly Halloween
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:07:46 GMT

Tips for a disability-friendly Halloween

The metal detectors saving marriages
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:41:59 GMT

The metal detectorists who are saving marriages

Timothy Spall: How I became Turner
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:59:56 GMT

How Timothy Spall created 400 artworks for his latest film

Ukraine's 'cyborg' defenders at Donetsk airport
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:02:24 GMT

Where Ukraine's battle goes on despite ceasefire

'It's business as usual in Austin'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:40:29 GMT

F1 star on turning up the pressure in his title fight