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PM to outline migrant benefit curbs
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:59:19 GMT

David Cameron is preparing to deliver a speech outlining his plans to reduce immigration from the EU - after figures revealed net migration had risen above 2010 levels.

Mitchell called PCs plebs, judge says
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:53:06 GMT

A judge says he is satisfied former chief whip Andrew Mitchell called police officers "plebs" as he rules against the MP in a High Court libel action.

Hunted man held over double murder
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:46:06 GMT

A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple whose bodies were found at their village home.

'Too few' toddlers having flu vaccine
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:50 GMT

Too few toddlers and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.

Social media told to simplify terms
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:04:27 GMT

A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.

Huge clean-up after Brisbane storm
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:02:39 GMT

A huge clean-up is under way in Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland causing damage worth $A100m (£54m).

Children tested for Ebola on Tyneside
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:00:08 GMT

Two young patients who have spent time in Africa are tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola after displaying viral symptoms.

Hollande to visit Ebola-hit Guinea
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:58:10 GMT

French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

Pope Francis set for Turkey visit
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:19:27 GMT

Pope Francis is set to visit Turkey for what is being billed as a historic trip to help interfaith dialogue in the country.

CofE schools chief's terror law fear
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:07:15 GMT

Plans that require schools to help prevent pupils becoming radicalised place too much of a burden on education regulator Ofsted, the chief Church of England education officer says.

Search for teachers 'may go abroad'
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:10:42 GMT

A continuing teacher recruitment shortage may prompt schools to look abroad for new teachers, experts say.

'Weeping' Australia mourns Hughes
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:35:31 GMT

Australia is "weeping" at the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, says former opening batsman Michael Slater - as the country mourns.

VIDEO: McBusted: 'Making it up as we go along'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:07:56 GMT

It started out with an impromptu gig performance and led to a UK tour that sold out within minutes - it's been a busy year for McBusted.

VIDEO: Crayon craze: Can adults colour in?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:41 GMT

Adult colouring-in books are outselling cookery books in France. But will it catch on in the UK too?

VIDEO: Faces transformed with digital masks
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:08:37 GMT

The computer project which can change what you look like in real-time

VIDEO: Parrots find home in Caracas
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:21:20 GMT

Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, is notorious for its crime and pollution, but it also, somewhat strangely for a city, has a thriving population of macaws.

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:58:16 GMT

Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

VIDEO: Life in the UK as a Romanian migrant
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:12:50 GMT

It has been almost a year since restrictions were lifted on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, leaving them free to come and work in the UK.

VIDEO: Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:49:55 GMT

Barack Obama carries out the annual White House tradition of pardoning two turkeys, preventing them from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Migrant benefits ban and Plebgate cost - front pages
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:56:56 GMT

Previews of Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on immigration lead many newspapers, while others focus on former minister Andrew Mitchell's libel case defeat.

How could man intervene to change the climate?
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:49:27 GMT

The field of geo-engineering - where humans intervene to change the climate - throws up fascinating ideas, and nightmare scenarios.

Does anybody still care about chess?
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:48:25 GMT

The profile of chess has dipped since the days of Bobby Fischer - but that does not mean it is not in rude health, says David Edmonds.

How much will the chancellor give the NHS?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:48:10 GMT

Will be £1.5bn or could it be £2bn? That's the debate around the higher echelons of the NHS in England as they await Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement next week.

VIDEO: Black Friday - in 60 seconds
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:52:15 GMT

Thousands of people are expected to descend on retailers to pick up a bargain. But why is it called 'Black Friday'? The BBC explains.

Help with coping with big figures
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:55:27 GMT

Could the NHS year be the answer to our big number problems?

US race relations: Six statistics
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:33:11 GMT

Six statistics that shed a little more light on the state of race relations in the US, following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

More powers for Scotland explained
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:15:22 GMT

The Holyrood parliament in Edinburgh is on course to receiving new powers, including on income tax, VAT and airport duty - but what will this mean for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Follow this explainer to find out more....

SA ventriloquist beats gagging order
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:42:32 GMT

A South African ventriloquist appears in court with his dummy to successfully challenge a gagging order.

Bear back in Chernobyl after century
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:23:32 GMT

Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, record the first photos of a brown bear in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Partizan Belgrade
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:41:29 GMT

Tottenham reach the Europa League knockout stage by beating Partizan Belgrade in a game interrupted by pitch intruders.

Brazil legend Pele 'doing fine'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:45:05 GMT

Brazil legend Pele says he is "doing fine" following treatment for a urinary infection at a Sao Paulo hospital.

Abbott 'holding up' after Hughes death
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:53:28 GMT

Bowler Sean Abbott is 'holding up well' after batsman Phillip Hughes's death, despite fears he may not play cricket again.

Injury could force O'Sullivan out
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:35:39 GMT

Ronnie O'Sullivan says he may have to pull out of the UK Championship after breaking his ankle while running.

Double points scrapped next season
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:07:31 GMT

Formula 1 bosses agree to ditch the controversial double points scheme for next season.

Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:39:43 GMT

Crude oil prices slump in reaction to the decision by the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.

VIDEO: Opec keeps oil output at current rate
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:56:20 GMT

Oil exporting nations agreed to keep pumping oil at its current levels - a move that sparked new falls in the price of oil. What will be the effect in Asia?

Scotland 'should set income tax'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:00:02 GMT

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.

VIDEO: Why stand as an election no-hoper?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:14:35 GMT

Most by-elections have a raft of candidates who have no hope of winning, or even saving their deposit.

'Exciting' bladder cancer drug trial
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:25:43 GMT

A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients.

AUDIO: Schizophrenia assumptions challenged
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:07:43 GMT

A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of schizophrenia.

School apologises over gay Bible row
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:23:14 GMT

A Belfast school has apologised after complaints were made about a worksheet on religious views on homosexuality.

VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:07:46 GMT

A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.

UK swells list of banned websites
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:10:42 GMT

The High Court bans a further 53 piracy sites, more than doubling the number that the UK's leading net providers must block.

VIDEO: Faces transformed with digital masks
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:08:37 GMT

The computer project which can change what you look like in real-time

Risk from extreme weather rises
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:42:30 GMT

Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:58:16 GMT

Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

Crime author PD James dies aged 94
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:36:54 GMT

Best-selling novelist PD James, who created crime-fighting sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, dies at the age of 94.

VIDEO: Saving Darth Vader's childhood home
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:13:06 GMT

When a sand dune in Tunisia threatened to swallow up Mos Espa - the childhood home of Darth Vader - Star Wars fans teamed up with tourist chiefs to take action.

How easy is it to push a plane?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:39:28 GMT

Airline passengers in Siberia had to get out and push.

Caption Challenge: Fiery demon
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:37:05 GMT

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

'Dog on accelerator' driver jailed
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:27:41 GMT

A driver who claimed his excessive speed during a police chase was due to his dog sitting on the accelerator pedal is jailed.

Body parts killer guilty of murder
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:55:37 GMT

A man who stabbed his father to death and put his dismembered body into storage boxes, which he used as a TV stand, is convicted of murder.

Craig Whyte held at Heathrow Airport
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:38:19 GMT

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is arrested after arriving in the UK from Mexico where he had been detained.

Top Scots book character revealed
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:58:40 GMT

Francis Crawford of Lymond has topped a poll of favourite Scottish book characters carried out as part of Book Week Scotland.

Rail and bus fares could increase
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:10:04 GMT

Rail and bus fare increases above the 3% rate of inflation "cannot be ruled out" as a result of proposed budget cuts at the Department for Regional Development (DRD).

Man injured in west Belfast shooting
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:12:34 GMT

A man is recovering in hospital after he was injured in what police have described as a paramilitary style shooting in west Belfast.

Care home boss guilty of sex charges
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:52:39 GMT

A man who ran a series of children's homes in north Wales is guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in his care in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.

Terminally ill woman settles claim
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:45:27 GMT

A terminally ill mother-of-two who said she would have been cured of her cancer had she been diagnosed earlier settles her case.

Explosion in Nigeria 'kills dozens'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:03:09 GMT

At least 25 people are killed in an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, close to the Cameroonian border, reports say.

Ghana appoint Grant as new coach
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:48:02 GMT

Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

NZ murderer deported from Brazil
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:16:05 GMT

A New Zealand man serving a life sentence for child molestation and murder who escaped to Brazil has been deported to his home country.

Afghan attack hits UK embassy car
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:08:25 GMT

A suicide bomber strikes a UK embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, with a British worker and an Afghan staff member among those killed.

Italy suspends flu drug over deaths
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:21:10 GMT

Italy suspends the use of two batches of an anti-flu vaccine made by Swiss firm Novartis amid reports three deaths may be linked to the drug.

Ukraine in anti-corruption pledge
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:41:20 GMT

Ukraine's new parliament meets for the first time, as the president says he intends to nominate a foreigner to lead the country's anti-corruption efforts.

Mexican president to overhaul police
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:28:18 GMT

Mexico's president announces plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.

Colombia rebels release two soldiers
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:47:42 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.

Israel 'foils Jerusalem attacks'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:47:19 GMT

Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.

Yemen raid missed Western hostages
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:41:39 GMT

US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.

Tensions ease in protest-hit Ferguson
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:59:34 GMT

A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.

Woman wins £337m in divorce case
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:11:45 GMT

The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.

Your pictures: Insects
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:12:17 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "insects"

Day in pictures: 26 November 2014
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:02 GMT

24 hours of news images: 25 November

In pictures: Ferguson riots aftermath
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:28:14 GMT

Scenes of widespread damage in Ferguson

Picture power: Pausing the moment
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:12:21 GMT

Story behind an image of a student protest

Day in pictures: 25 November 2014
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:34:05 GMT

24 hours of news images: 25 November

In pictures: Ruling sparks rioting in US town of Ferguson
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:45:45 GMT

Night of unrest follows a jury's decision

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:15:29 GMT

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas

Week in pictures: 15-21 November 2014
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:22 GMT

The best news photos from around the world

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:02 GMT

MPs take evidence on flood risk management.

VIDEO: Hail storm causes chaos in Brisbane
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:15:18 GMT

A powerful storm cut power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Brisbane, Australia, bringing "golf ball-sized" hailstones with it.

VIDEO: Most shop chicken contaminated
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:11:19 GMT

The Food Standards Agency has warned that 70% of fresh chickens sold in UK shops are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug.

VIDEO: Care home boss guilty of sex charges
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:13:14 GMT

A man who ran children's homes in north Wales is found guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.

VIDEO: Tamir Rice shot 'within two seconds'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:23:22 GMT

Video footage of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old in Cleveland shows he was shot within two seconds of the police arriving.

VIDEO: Bristol gang guilty of child sex crimes
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:57:57 GMT

Thirteen men have been convicted of child sex crimes, involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls in Bristol.

VIDEO: 'His best cricket was still ahead of him'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:49:57 GMT

James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, spoke of the affection and respect for Phillip Hughes from around Australia and the rest of the world.

VIDEO: Drone flight over illegal Essex tip
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:07:24 GMT

An illegal fly-tip in Purfleet, Essex has grown to almost a mile long provoking anger from people living nearby

VIDEO: The longest-serving political leader in UK
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:43:36 GMT

Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.

The radio show that got schoolchildren singing
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:44:33 GMT

The radio show that got schoolchildren singing

Why a sportsman's death hits so hard
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:50:05 GMT

Why does a sportsman's death hit us so hard?

"I refuse to be my daughter's diary"
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:40:18 GMT

A mother's decision to leave Whatsapp chat group goes viral

The seven best metaphors for the economy
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:10:10 GMT

On what politicians' economic metaphors are trying to convey

Quiz: How much do you know about migration?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:42:11 GMT

How much do you know about migration?

Saving Kenya's babies born of incest
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:46:44 GMT

Saving Kenya's children born of incest from a death sentence

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:13:42 GMT

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green

How Korea helped prostitutes work at US bases
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:18:39 GMT

How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

VIDEO: The people who run with their dogs
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:13:15 GMT

The runners who race each other with their dogs

Finding long lost treasures of the deep
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:16:01 GMT

Finding bounty in the depths of Davy Jones's locker