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Penalties 'do not stop' drug use
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:53:36 GMT

There is no link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a Home Office study finds, sparking a policy row within the coalition government.

Burkina Faso leader 'to stay on'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:21:34 GMT

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore says he will stay in power under a transitional government, after a day of violent protests demanding he step down.

Four people hurt in fireworks blaze
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:54:36 GMT

Four people are hurt and one person is thought to be missing as dozens of firefighters tackle a blaze at a fireworks retailer in Staffordshire.

Russia and Ukraine agree gas deal
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.

'Do more' to tackle aid corruption
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:24:26 GMT

The UK government is not doing enough to tackle "petty corruption" in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says.

Maine bid to force nurse quarantine
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:28:50 GMT

The governor of Maine vows to exercise the "full extent" of his authority to quarantine a US nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa

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.

Labour pledge to boost English buses
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:59:46 GMT

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

Abuse inquiry appointment 'chaotic'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:39:28 GMT

A letter from the new head of the inquiry into child abuse over concerns about her suitability for the role "raises more questions than it answers", say MPs.

Abbas warning over holy site closure
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:50:22 GMT

The Palestinian leader's spokesman calls the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site after the shooting of a Jewish activist a "declaration of war".

Mass graves found in western Iraq
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:19:05 GMT

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

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.

VIDEO: Inside India bank robbers' tunnel
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:01:38 GMT

Indian police are hunting for thieves who tunnelled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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.

VIDEO: Tower poppies artist hails volunteers
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:09:22 GMT

The artist behind a project to place almost 900,000 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London says he is surprised and happy that so many people have "taken it to heart".

VIDEO: You behind the pillar, you're on camera!
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:11:34 GMT

Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.

VIDEO: Lava flow creeps toward Hawaii homes
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:53 GMT

Molten lava from a volcano erupting on Hawaii's Big Island has been flowing slowly across the island.

VIDEO: Becoming a mother at 70 in India
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:01:41 GMT

The BBC's Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.

VIDEO: Westminster and Whitehall ghost tales
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:24:28 GMT

Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.

VIDEO: How to build an engine in 42 seconds
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:34:12 GMT

Steph McGovern reports from the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton where robots can construct an engine from its component parts in under a minute.

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?

New Nato boss on challenges ahead
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:30:23 GMT

With most Nato members intent on cutting defence spending, Mark Urban asks the alliance's new chief Jens Stoltenberg how he can stop it becoming an association of broken promises.

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.

Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:47:10 GMT

A poll suggesting Labour "wipeout" in Scotland, the continuing threat from Ebola and the future of an abuse inquiry chief make headlines.

A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:10:37 GMT

Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

Prince Harry supports poppy appeal
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:45:58 GMT

Prince Harry meets poppy sellers and celebrities at Buckingham Palace on the first stop of their tour of London in a classic 1960s Routemaster bus.

Murray seals World Tour Finals place
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:47:54 GMT

Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.

Netherlands too strong for Scotland
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:53:53 GMT

Scotland's women lose 2-0 in Rotterdam for a 4-1 aggregate defeat in their World Cup play-off semi-final.

Hamilton critical of double points
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:08:58 GMT

Lewis Hamilton says it would "suck" if he lost the world title as a result of the controversial final-race double points rule.

Celtic's Tonev hit with racism ban
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:30 GMT

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev is banned for seven matches for "using abusive language of a racist nature".

Grant urges action over gender gap
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:52:32 GMT

Sports Minister Helen Grant tells the inaugural Transforming Sport conference there is work to do to improve female participation.

Housing market 'losing momentum'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:55 GMT

The UK housing market is showing signs of slowing down, the Nationwide says, with the annual rate of price growth slowing to 9% in October.

VIDEO: Tim Cook 'an important role model'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:49:14 GMT

Lord Browne, author of The Glass Closet and former Chief Executive of BP, has hailed Apple CEO Tim Cook as "an important role model", after Mr Cook publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying he was "proud to be gay".

End 'robotic' drugs policy - MPs
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:45:37 GMT

MPs back calls for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse - as a row breaks out at the top of the coalition over drugs laws.

AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:20:25 GMT

John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

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.

Lavish praise 'does not help pupils'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:46:01 GMT

Teachers who try to encourage low-achieving students with lots of praise could harm their learning, claims research into classroom tactics.

AUDIO: Abuse victim gets no insurance for arson
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:04:33 GMT

A mother-of-six from Merseyside has been left homeless after her abusive husband burned her house down.

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

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg could face a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers.

VIDEO: Smart glasses light up for messages
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:58:58 GMT

From colour changing glasses to space age cooling waistcoats - the latest technology in Japan

IPCC debates 'most important' report
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:34:14 GMT

Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

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.

Polanski freed after US arrest bid
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:40:23 GMT

US attempts to have director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences while visiting Poland fail.

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.

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

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

The way drugs and prostitution boost the economy
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:57:21 GMT

The UK economy is to get a £10bn boost from the inclusion of illegal drugs and prostitution.

Club apologises for Ebola party
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:43:32 GMT

A Birmingham nightclub apologises for "a huge error of judgement" in holding an Ebola-themed party.

Farmer fined over dead cattle on land
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:40:38 GMT

A farmer who was fined last year for unlawfully slaughtering animals is fined again after dead cattle are found on his land.

Miliband admits Scottish 'challenge'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:02:01 GMT

Ed Miliband admits that Labour is facing a "big challenge" in Scotland as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.

Peak offending age for men up to 23
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:37:55 GMT

The peak age of offending for men has risen from 18 to 23 in the space of a generation, according to the latest conviction figures.

NI budget deal agreed by two parties
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:38:05 GMT

The Northern Ireland Executive agrees next year's draft budget but of the five parties, only the DUP and Sinn Féin voted to support the deal.

Man charged with Gibson murder
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:39:17 GMT

A man is charged with the murder of Edward Gibson in west Belfast.

Meeting over council chief's pay-off
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:01:49 GMT

Pembrokeshire council's chief executive is due to leave the job on Friday but a question mark is still hanging over his £330,000 pay-off deal.

Airport boss aims to 'add airlines'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:13:22 GMT

The new managing director of Cardiff Airport says she is determined to reverse the decline in passenger numbers by attracting more airlines.

Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:25:58 GMT

UK ship RFA Argus, which is carrying medical supplies, equipment and vehicles, arrives in Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak.

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.

Hopes fade for Lanka mudslip victims
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:45:17 GMT

Rescue workers in Sri Lanka intensify their search for survivors of a tea plantation landslide which is feared to have buried more than 100 people.

Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:07:32 GMT

A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.

Drones buzz French nuclear plants
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:45:15 GMT

An investigation begins after France's state-owned EDF power company says unidentified drones have flown over seven of its nuclear plants.

German motorway shooter sentenced
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:39:50 GMT

A German lorry driver who carried out hundreds of shootings on the country's motorways has been jailed for more than 10 years.

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".

Mexico head meets students' families
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:20:53 GMT

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meets the families of 43 students who went missing more than a month ago, sparking nationwide protests.

Iraqi Kurd fighters 'enter Kobane'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:59:52 GMT

An advance party of 10 Iraqi Kurd fighters have entered the Syrian border town of Kobane to join the battle against Islamic State militants, activists say.

Tunisia secularists win elections
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:03:58 GMT

Tunisia's secularist Nidaa Tounes party wins 81 seats in parliament, pushing the Islamists of Ennahda into second place, official results show.

US police killing suspect captured
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:30:06 GMT

A US man who has eluded police in the forests of Pennsylvania for seven weeks after the fatal shooting of a police officer has been found.

Four dead in Kansas airport crash
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:45:27 GMT

At least four people were killed and five injured when a small plane crashed into an airport building in Wichita, Kansas, officials say.

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

24 hours of news images: 30 October

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:07:03 GMT

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:03:14 GMT

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

Costumes on show at a former prison

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:34 GMT

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT

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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: 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: 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: 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.

VIDEO: 'My son died after taking legal high'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:04 GMT

Mother Karen Audino says she wants tighter restriction on so-called legal highs after her son Jimmy Guichard died.

VIDEO: Breastfeeding photo deleted by Facebook
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:24:39 GMT

A photograph of a mother breastfeeding her premature baby has gone viral after it was deleted by Facebook.

VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:32:06 GMT

The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

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

Is moving house a nightmare or life affirming?

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

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

The metal detectors saving marriages
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:59:57 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

The volunteers ready to fight Ebola
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:05:31 GMT

The health workers volunteering to fight Ebola

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:40 GMT

Are the days of the humble key numbered?

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

What MPs can and can't wear in parliament

Africans reject Jamie's Jollof recipe
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:32 GMT

Africans unimpressed with TV chef's take on a classic

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