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Churches oppose three-person babies
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:26:06 GMT

Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change.

Burglars jailed for lecturer attack
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:35:21 GMT

Four burglars who took part in a raid which left a lecturer "unrecognisable" are given lengthy jail sentences.

Churchill's funeral anniversary marked
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:06:45 GMT

Events are held to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, with the boat that carried his coffin repeating its Thames journey.

Body found in missing mum search
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:15:11 GMT

A body is found in a lake by police searching for a mother-of-four who has been missing for more than a week.

Greece shuns debt talks with troika
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:01:22 GMT

Greece's new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.

Romney won't run in 2016 election
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:22:52 GMT

Mitt Romney, the Republican beaten by President Obama in the US 2012 election, has decided he will not run for president again.

Battle rages for key Ukraine town
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:02:47 GMT

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels trade heavy tank and artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine.

Saudis shelve blogger flogging again
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:59:12 GMT

Saudi Arabia postpones for a second time a further round of flogging against blogger Raif Badawi, whose case caused a global outcry.

Secret 80s 'sex file' named diplomat
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:24:46 GMT

A top British diplomat engaged in "sexual perversion" in the 1960s and was vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers, previously secret papers reveal.

SA apartheid assassin given parole
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:57:26 GMT

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists.

Mitchell 'turned down' libel deal
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:30:28 GMT

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell refused an offer to settle his "Plebgate" libel case just two months before he lost, court papers show.

Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:56:13 GMT

Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:25:57 GMT

Despite uncertainties, cheap oil does not spell disaster for the renewables sector.

The complex case of joint enterprise
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:19:10 GMT

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman on the difficulties of the joint enterprise doctrine.

Requiem for Romney's presidential dream
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:22:09 GMT

Washington establishment does double-take as Mitt Romney announces his decision not to run for the presidency in 2016.

VIDEO: China's record car numbers explained
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:43:14 GMT

As car ownership reaches record levels in China, BBC News looks at the numbers - and the impact.

VIDEO: Talking kids' doll 'Cayla' is hacked
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:41:16 GMT

Rory Cellan-Jones sees how Cayla, a talking child's doll, can be hacked to say any number of offensive things.

Social mobility and university entry
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:29:41 GMT

University of Bolton assistant vice-chancellor Patrick McGhee asks if universities can do more to support social mobility.

VIDEO: Investigating crime virtually - 15 secs
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:05:50 GMT

A Swiss software developers team has created a system to enable crime investigators to enter a virtual world

VIDEO: Is the world really getting nastier?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:09:56 GMT

As Human Rights Watch describes a litany of rights abuses in its latest annual report, BBC News asks if the world really is becoming a nastier place.

Balloonists surpass flight records
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:25:30 GMT

Two pilots have surpassed the world distance and durations records for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Student fury over 'impossible' exam
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:49:11 GMT

Final year economics students at Sheffield University are furious after an exam this week contained "impossible" questions.

Woods shoots worst round of career
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:01:51 GMT

Tiger Woods records the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open.

Sharapova aims to end 11-year run
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:13 GMT

World number two Maria Sharapova aims to end a losing streak against Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

England confidence growing - Morgan
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:57:56 GMT

Captain Eoin Morgan says England are growing in confidence, having reached the final of the tri-series in Australia.

Wolfsburg 4-1 Bayern Munich
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:27:47 GMT

Bayern Munich suffer a first meaningful Bundesliga defeat in over two years as they lose to second-placed Wolfsburg.

Costa must change, says Pellegrini
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:31:11 GMT

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Chelsea striker Diego Costa must change after being banned for stamping.

Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:55:42 GMT

IAG boss Willie Walsh welcomes surprise investment by fast-growing Gulf airline, which said it may increase its stake further.

Eurozone deflation gathers pace
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:10:11 GMT

Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.

Bombers 'porn-driven losers' - Boris
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:29:30 GMT

Violent religious extremists are often tortured men with a history of using pornography, London Mayor Boris Johnson says.

Migrant voters 'key' in election
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:50:56 GMT

Migrant voters could have a decisive impact in key marginal seats at the general election, a study suggests.

Training cuts 'could harm patients'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:26:06 GMT

Proposals to shorten in-job training for doctors in the UK could seriously compromise patient care and safety, leading doctors warn.

Child obesity rates 'levelling off'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:04:14 GMT

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Lack of oversight 'damaging schools'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:35:32 GMT

MPs say problems in some more autonomous schools have been picked up too late because of lack of oversight by the government.

Teen isolated over cancer hair shave
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03:42 GMT

A teenager who shaved his head to raise money for a cancer charity is put into isolation for breaking school rules.

BT attacked on rural broadband costs
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:11:41 GMT

At least £90m will be reinvested in rural broadband services after an underspend by BT, the BBC learns.

Nokia name row with London start-up
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:13 GMT

Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:09 GMT

The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

Study fells cosmic inflation claim
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:54:50 GMT

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.

Suge Knight arrested for US murder
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:43:21 GMT

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run.

Stage awards honour theatre industry
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:24:52 GMT

The Young Vic in London, Southampton's Nuffield, Liverpool's Everyman and producer Sonia Friedman are among the winners at The Stage's 2015 awards.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:21:00 GMT

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:08:42 GMT

Dutch babies smile more than US babies, and other nuggets.

Police probe Roy Keane 'incident'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:18 GMT

Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident in Greater Manchester involving former footballer Roy Keane.

Mother denies exploiting abduction
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:50:11 GMT

The mother of a girl who was abducted and taken to France by teacher Jeremy Forrest denies she is exploiting her daughter by writing a book on the case.

Man guilty of raping boy at nursery
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:05:20 GMT

A man is found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a young boy and of sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old.

Baby ashes family settlement offers
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:41:46 GMT

Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to £4,000.

Man critical after Belfast shooting
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:18:00 GMT

A man who was shot in the head in north Belfast is in a critical condition in hospital, police say.

Machines seized in gambling probe
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:25:35 GMT

Detectives investigating money laundering and illegal gambling seize machines and cash worth more than £500,000 in Belfast and Lisburn.

M4 lanes reopen after oil spill
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:46:11 GMT

Two lanes of the M4 which were closed because of a hydraulic oil spill around Newport reopened.

MP Murphy to stand down at election
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:28:28 GMT

Paul Murphy is to stand down as Labour MP for Torfaen after 28 years in parliament.

AU backs anti-Boko Haram troops plan
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:04:56 GMT

The African Union backs plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants.

Palace sign Lille full-back Souare
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:47:18 GMT

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish announces the club's capture of Lille and Senegal defender Pape Souare.

Pakistan mosque blast kills dozens
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:16:21 GMT

A bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 40 people and injures many more, officials say.

Tamil becomes Sri Lanka's top judge
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:16:01 GMT

Sri Lanka's president appoints a Tamil judge as the new chief justice - the first member of the country's minority community to hold the post in decades.

Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:45:48 GMT

A Russian contract for building a $3bn bridge to Crimea goes to a firm controlled by a close friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions.

Srebrenica massacre verdicts upheld
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:10:05 GMT

The former Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal upholds convictions against five men for their role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Deadly blast hits Mexico hospital
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:35:00 GMT

A gas tank lorry explodes outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby.

Funeral held for Argentina's Nisman
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:06:24 GMT

The funeral of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead in his home on 18 January, is held in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:36:42 GMT

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 32 in the Sinai peninsula.

Curfew in Kirkuk amid IS attacks
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:53:14 GMT

A curfew is imposed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants.

US rejects Guantanamo Bay demand
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:55:02 GMT

The US dismisses a Cuban demand to hand back the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of efforts to normalise bilateral ties.

US growth slows in fourth quarter
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:10:51 GMT

The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter.

Week in pictures: 24-30 January 2015
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:21:55 GMT

News photos from around the world

In pictures: Destruction in Kobane
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:23:34 GMT

Devastation caused by fighting in Syrian town

Day in pictures: 30 January 2015
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:20:45 GMT

Images from around the world: 30 January

At the pump
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:47:07 GMT

Petrol stations around the world

In pictures: UK snow 29 January 2015
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:04:39 GMT

Pictures from around the country

Your pictures: City skylines
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:50:51 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "city skylines"

Day in pictures: 28 January 2015
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:22:02 GMT

Images from around the world: 28 January

Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:37:46 GMT

Shetland's spectacular annual re festival

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:29:39 GMT

MPs hear evidence on broadband in rural areas and the Charity Commission.

VIDEO: Video shows fierce battle in Ukraine
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:53:27 GMT

Video has emerged showing a fierce battle in Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk, in which pro-Russian forces come under heavy bombardment from Ukrainian forces.

VIDEO: Mother of abused pupil speaks out
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:22:55 GMT

Teacher Jeremy Forrest who ran off with pupil 'cried to her mother'

VIDEO: The Tibetan monk with 170 children
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:19:47 GMT

A Tibetan Buddhist monk took in 33 orphans after an earthquake in 2010 - now he is looking after 170 children.

VIDEO: Murray on Kim's colourful outburst
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:41:02 GMT

Andy Murray admits he and his entourage were pushed to the limit in his Australian Open semi-final win over Tomas Berdych.

VIDEO: Churchill funeral flotilla recreated
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:34 GMT

Fifty years after the funeral for Sir Winston Churchill, the boat that carried his coffin long the Thames repeats its journey.

VIDEO: More snow forecast for parts of UK
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:07:27 GMT

Wintry weather continues to cause travel disruption in parts of England.

VIDEO: Escapee D-Day veteran's funeral
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:33:45 GMT

The funeral is held of Sussex war veteran Bernard Jordan, who left his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France.

VIDEO: Shipwreck treasure hunter in US court
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:56:12 GMT

A US treasure hunter who has been described by officials as the "most intelligent fugitive," has appeared in a Florida court following his arrest after two years on the run.

How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:04:14 GMT

Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?

The strange case of babies sleeping in boxes
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:10:43 GMT

The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes

#SaveDippy - but why do we care?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:42:51 GMT

Why do so many people care about a fake dinosaur?

A day in the life of a care home
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:50:10 GMT

What really goes on in a care home?

Charlie Hebdo attack: French values challenged in schools
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:01:51 GMT

French teachers on the front line after Charlie Hebdo attack

NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:45:30 GMT

See how your local hospital is coping with winter pressures

The middle-class voters who can't resist Marx
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:06:03 GMT

The country where even the middle classes may love Marx

President Correa's troll warfare
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:24:58 GMT

The politician who names and shames online abusers