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North Korea threatens US over Sony
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:13 GMT

North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.

Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:52:39 GMT

Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:04 GMT

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.

Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:07 GMT

The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits.

Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:08 GMT

Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.

New York killer boasted to onlookers
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:41 GMT

The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public to "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.

Man dies in police Taser shooting
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:21:42 GMT

A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.

Spanish princess to face fraud trial
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:40:55 GMT

The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.

Parents jailed over toddler's death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:17:55 GMT

A mother and father convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son are each sentenced to nine years.

Villiers hopeful of '11th hour' deal
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:07:04 GMT

The Northern Ireland secretary says she believes a deal is "still possible" in the cross-party talks, as negotiations enter a final day.

S Korea holds cyber drill after hack
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:11 GMT

South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.

Dozens rescued from flooded Asda
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:12:23 GMT

Firefighters rescue 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

Councils 'dim lights to save cash'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:11 GMT

Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.

VIDEO: Indian Ocean tsunami: Aceh 10 years on
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:59:55 GMT

Andrew Harding returns to Aceh 10 years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami struck to see how things have changed.

VIDEO: £2m raised after dogs' home fire
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:00:19 GMT

Almost £2 million has now been raised for Manchester Dogs' Home after a fire in September that saw 50 animals die.

AUDIO: 'I never thought I'd see laptop again'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:34:44 GMT

Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.

VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:19 GMT

Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?

VIDEO: Panto 'most difficult of all' acting
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:55 GMT

York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.

VIDEO: Who won the The Apprentice final?
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:02:00 GMT

Lord Sugar picks his winner in The Apprentice final on BBC One - with Mark Wright and Bianca Miller vying to be his business partner.

AUDIO: BBC editors take Mastermind challenge
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:15:53 GMT

BBC editors are known for their extensive knowledge of specialist subjects, but can they handle the pressure and maintain their reputations when in the spotlight?

VIDEO: 2014's funniest weather moments
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:17:25 GMT

2014 has seen a mixture of bright....and not so bright spells as BBC Weather presenters sparkle and stumble through the forecast.

DNA revolution, and 'the great light switch-off'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:40:00 GMT

Monday's newspapers cover the launch of the 100,000 Genomes project, promising a revolution in personalised healthcare, and news of the country is being plunged into darkness.

Germany wants more women in boardroom
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:23:21 GMT

A new measure aims to increase the number of women in senior positions in German industry - but it must overcome deep-seated antagonism, says Jenny Hill.

Digging for diversity in Botswana
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:55:59 GMT

A look at attempts in Botswana to move the country's economy away from a resilience on diamonds.

Climate of fear in Turkmenistan
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:20:03 GMT

Foreign investors are keen to do deals with Turkmenistan but a climate of fear silences dissent, writes the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Ashgabat.

Catching a wave of failures
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:01:08 GMT

With the collapse of Pelamis Wave Power, the Scottish government is taking on the cutting edge technology. It faces big financial and technology challenges. So how much does it tell us about Scottish industrial strategy?

VIDEO: A look at the scale of the 2004 tsunami
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:58:05 GMT

The BBC takes a closer look at the scale of one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history - the tsunami of 2004

Picture power: Abandoned on the border
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:29:40 GMT

Photographer Murad Sezer explains why he shot an abandoned baby's cradle on the Syrian Turkish border.

VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:46:37 GMT

The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.

Solstice crowd gathers at Stonehenge
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:51:15 GMT

More than 1,000 people meet at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.

Wealdstone Raider 'living a dream'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:15:50 GMT

After releasing a charity single and getting to number five in the charts, the Wealdstone Raider says he is "in dreamland".

Fans voice anger at Rangers' AGM
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:21:58 GMT

Rangers' board are greeted with chants of "out, out, out" as they take their seats at the club's AGM on Monday at Ibrox.

Reds starting to recover - Lawrenson
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:02:19 GMT

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who had described the Reds as "rudderless", says there are now signs of recovery.

VIDEO: Advent calendar: Security stop Hamilton
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:33:12 GMT

Day 22 of BBC Sport's advent calendar looks back at when Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was stopped by a security guard.

The alternative 2014 sport awards
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:17:25 GMT

From villains to unlikely heroes, strange moments and anti-climaxes, soap operas and spats, Tom Fordyce hands out his gongs.

Tour de Yorkshire reveals host sites
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:33 GMT

The start and finish locations of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are announced.

Ex-finance boss warns of Russia crisis
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:41:21 GMT

Russia's former finance minister has warned the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.

Sainsbury's suffers website glitch
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:38 GMT

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.

Higher pay awards 'on the way'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:29:24 GMT

Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:21:24 GMT

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:11 GMT

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

First UK reservists join Ebola fight
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:17:11 GMT

The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.

Pakistan arrests over school attack
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:45:44 GMT

Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.

May targets student visa 'abuse'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:37:11 GMT

Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

Gadget insurance complaints rise
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:04:49 GMT

The Financial Ombudsman Service says it received 2,200 complaints about gadget warranties last year, double that of the previous year.

Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT

The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.

Big cat trade from Burma to China up
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:16 GMT

A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.

Antarctic science archive unlocked
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:32 GMT

Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:27 GMT

Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.

Lord Sugar names his tenth Apprentice
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:01:20 GMT

Amstrad founder Lord Sugar names his latest business partner at the climax of BBC One's The Apprentice.

What are the chances of snow at Christmas?
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:41:50 GMT

In the UK there's a greater chance of snow at Easter than at Christmas.

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:21:50 GMT

The NSA had a staff 'Clown Club', and more nuggets from the news.

Seal found in the middle of a field
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:57:41 GMT

A seal is found in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside by a dog walker.

Man bailed over Avon Gorge death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:24:12 GMT

A man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man who fell from the Avon Gorge is released on bail, police say.

Passenger hurt as train hits flood
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:07:42 GMT

A passenger was hurt when a train came to a halt after striking flood water on a rail line in East Ayrshire.

McCoist leaves Rangers manager post
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:25:44 GMT

Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is put on gardening leave, with Kenny McDowall taking charge.

Two arrested over McConville murder
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:17:35 GMT

Police investigating the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville arrest two men in counties Antrim and Armagh.

550 pensioners lose their home help
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:43 GMT

Hundreds of elderly people across Belfast are to lose home help services because of cuts to the health trust's budget.

Heart patients missing recovery help
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:16:32 GMT

Thousands of Welsh people are missing out on services that could help them recover from heart problems.

Probe starts into factory fire
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:17 GMT

Crews leave the scene of a big factory fire in Swansea which was tackled by 68 firefighters at its height.

Tunisia candidate refuses to concede
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:47 GMT

Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.

IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:33 GMT

Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.

India MPs protest over conversions
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:41:16 GMT

Opposition MPs in India protest against Hindu nationalist groups for converting religious minorities to Hinduism.

Jackie Chan's son charged over drugs
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:32:05 GMT

The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail.

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:37:26 GMT

Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.

Driver attacks French pedestrians
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:36:20 GMT

A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

Argentine court grants rights to ape
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:05:08 GMT

A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

Argentine town bans beauty contests
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:50:23 GMT

A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.

Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:02 GMT

Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.

Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:12 GMT

Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

US mulls putting NK on terror list
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT

News photo from around the world

Picture power: Doused with milk
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT

Treated for the effects of pepper spray

Day in pictures: 18 December 2014
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT

Images from around the world: 18 December

Your pictures of the year 2014
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT

A selection of the best readers' photos

In pictures: US-Cuban relations
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT

Story of Cuba's relationship with the US

Picture power: Under the dress
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT

Actress America Ferrera red-faced

In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:29 GMT

Families have begun burying their dead

Picture power: A scar on the landscape
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:56:57 GMT

Brazil's worst drought in 80 years

VIDEO: Transport Committee
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:30 GMT

MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: Tsunami: Pictures from then and now
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:03:52 GMT

This collection of photographs shows the redevelopment of some areas affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

VIDEO: Family appeal for 'co-existence'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:06:01 GMT

The family of a New York police officer fatally shot on Friday appeals to the city's communities to "find an amicable path to peaceful co-existence".

VIDEO: Testing out a hoverboard
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:06:09 GMT

The BBC's Richard Taylor tests out a hoverboard that uses magnetic levitation.

VIDEO: Actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:33:50 GMT

Actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett, has died at the age of 82, her son confirms.

VIDEO: Life in Cape Town's notorious gang area
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:47:33 GMT

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and drugs and gun crime fuel the cycle of violence in the Cape Flats, an area notorious for gangs.

VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:33:12 GMT

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony.

VIDEO: Labour: 'Keep the street lights on'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:44:38 GMT

Labour's Hilary Benn says councils should invest in low-energy lighting rather than switching off street lights.

VIDEO: 'Ambulance targets may help patients'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:55:41 GMT

Professor Keith Willett, head of acute care at NHS England, says changes to ambulance target times may result in giving individual patients ''a better response''.

The mystery of Chopin's death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:13:35 GMT

His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers

Indian Ocean tsunami: Emotional reunion in Aceh 10 years on
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:04 GMT

BBC reporter meets Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on

Good Omens: How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:20:01 GMT

Neil Gaiman on how he wrote a book with Terry Pratchett

Quiz of the year part pt 2: The year gone viral
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:24:17 GMT

Who, and what, went viral in 2014?

VIDEO: Who wants to send the Christmas mail?
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:12:53 GMT

Meet the temporary Christmas posties

Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:36:40 GMT

Tim Burton on the art fraud that shocked America

The hard side of China's soft power
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:19:51 GMT

The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes

Remembering the InterCity 125
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:47:44 GMT

Interactive video remembering the InterCity 125

Obituary: Billie Whitelaw
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:01:38 GMT

Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw known for Samuel Beckett work