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Obama vows response to Sony hack
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:53:36 GMT

President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".

Off-duty PC murder suspect arrested
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:09:58 GMT

A 28-year-old man is detained on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre.

Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT

Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Israel launches Gaza air strike
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:08:05 GMT

Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Cairns children's mother arrested
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:10 GMT

Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.

Irish minister hopeful of NI deal
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:51:54 GMT

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan says he is hopeful that there will be a deal in Northern Ireland's cross-party talks early next week.

Liberia holds Ebola-postponed poll
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:16:50 GMT

Voters in Liberia are set to go to the polls in an election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah facing the president's son. fraud network revealed
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:39:11 GMT

Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent

Plan to help over-50s get jobs
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:31:15 GMT

Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help with using computers as part of a government plan to get more older people into work.

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.

Michael Phelps admits drink-driving
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:40 GMT

US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Cook timing naughty, says Harmison
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:31 GMT

The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison.

VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT

Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.

VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:13 GMT

Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.

VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:29:47 GMT

It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:24 GMT

Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

VIDEO: Shopping online from a country cottage
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:07:56 GMT

For 2014, there is evidence to suggest more people than ever have shopped online, especially in rural areas where 9 out of 10 people shop online.

VIDEO: New record depth for deepest fish
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:59:51 GMT

Fish have been filmed more than 8km down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

VIDEO: Testing Skype's real-time translator
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:16:02 GMT

Microsoft has launched a test version of the Skype Translator which decodes conversations in Spanish and English in near real time.

VIDEO: Punch-up at parish meeting
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:10 GMT

Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.

Sony hack row and 'panic Saturday'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:53:19 GMT

President Obama's vow to hit back at North Korea over an apparent cyber attack that stopped the release of a film, and consumer frenzy in the shops, are the papers' two big stories for Saturday.

A classic Westminster scandal
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:39:43 GMT

Mandy Rice-Davies and a classic Westminster scandal that mortally wounded a prime minister.

Xi Jinping and his China Dream
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:20 GMT

As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:20 GMT

The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.

What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:30 GMT

With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?

Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:39:55 GMT

Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.

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

Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.

Spectacular views atop tallest spire
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:40 GMT

Breathtaking aerial views from Salisbury Cathedral are filmed by workers at the top of Britain's tallest spire.

Nasa emails spanner into space
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:56:57 GMT

Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Carter gets all-clear from cancer
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:37:51 GMT

Two-time World Championship finalist Ali Carter is given the all-clear after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in May.

Sale Sharks 18-11 Exeter Chiefs
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:23:35 GMT

Sale move up to fourth in the Premiership after ending Exeter Chiefs' eight-match winning run with a tense victory.

Lineker criticises Fifa 'farce'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:43:33 GMT

Former England striker Gary Lineker says the way Fifa is running world football is a "farce" and "hugely depressing".

Van Gaal makes Carrick vice-captain
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:34:49 GMT

England midfielder Michael Carrick is appointed as Manchester United's new vice-captain.

England's Waters loses Worlds semi
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:42 GMT

England's Alison Waters is knocked out of the Women's World Squash Championship after losing her semi-final.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Illegal attempts to enter UK on rise
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:43:32 GMT

Migrants made about 100 attempts a day to get into the UK illegally this summer, figures suggest, as nearly 12,000 were stopped in four months.

Oxfam criticised over poverty tweet
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:09:27 GMT

An Oxfam tweet linking benefit cuts to poverty could have been "misconstrued" as party political campaigning, the Charity Commission says.

A&E has 'worst week' in England
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:32:49 GMT

Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Record 500,000 started university
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:17:26 GMT

Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.

Statistics watchdog ticks off Morgan
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:33:30 GMT

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is criticised by the UK Statistics Authority over her use of statistics.

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.

Millions deleted in Instagram purge
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:30:02 GMT

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT

Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:21:28 GMT

Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Mayor approves £175m garden bridge
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:24:15 GMT

A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.

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.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:53 GMT

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

Man, 80, jailed for teen acid attack
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:17:28 GMT

An 80-year-old man is jailed for 18 years for masterminding an acid revenge attack on his teenage ex-girlfriend.

Teen jailed over charity ride death
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:57 GMT

A teenager who crashed into and killed a cyclist during a charity bike ride is sentenced to five years in prison.

Wickerman founder Jamie Gilroy dead
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:53:17 GMT

The co-founder of the Wickerman Festival has died in hospital after an incident on his farm understood to involve a firearm.

Animal bite incidents revealed
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:19:35 GMT

More than 10 people a day are admitted to hospital in Scotland after being bitten or attacked by an animal, figures reveal.

Parties seeking £2bn for Stormont
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:04:16 GMT

The five main parties at Stormont ask the government for £2bn in loans and extra funding over a 10-year period, the BBC understands.

Anti-abortion protester cautioned
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:11:35 GMT

A woman convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director is cautioned for breaching a court order.

Man admits murder of woman, 45
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:57:18 GMT

A 47-year-old man faces a life sentence for murdering a Flintshire woman he met on a dating website.

Mother dies of sudden death syndrome
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:28 GMT

A mother collapses and dies just days before Christmas of the rare heart condition sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

Kenya leader signs tough security law
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:31:39 GMT

A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.

Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:38 GMT

Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.

Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT

A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Obama orders ban on Crimea trade
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:44:36 GMT

President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:08 GMT

Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

Deadly Farc attack before truce
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:57:32 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebels have killed five soldiers in an ambush, the army says, hours before they are due to start an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT

Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Talks 'failed to save IS hostage'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:52 GMT

Details emerge of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.

Plea by parents of Aurora accused
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT

The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

US church crash claims fourth victim
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:04:20 GMT

A young boy has become the fourth fatality after a motorist slammed into a crowd in front of a California church.

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

News photo from around the world

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

Day in pictures: 16 December 2014
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:41:30 GMT

Images from around the world: 16 December

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

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

VIDEO: Where children learn fundamentalism
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:13:40 GMT

Pakistan 'a state under pressure' as authorities face the challenge of how to defeat the Taliban, amidst differing opinions and politics.

VIDEO: How web chats can lead to blackmail
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:48:42 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of men around the world are falling victim every year to a pernicious form of online crime.

VIDEO: FBI recover stolen artwork worth $12m
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:27:38 GMT

A FBI sting operation has led to the recovery of stolen artwork worth about $12m (£7.7m) including paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.

VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers 'fighting for their lives'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:30:07 GMT

Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.

VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:11:19 GMT

The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

VIDEO: Dalglish describes scenes of mayhem
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:12:09 GMT

The former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has given evidence at the inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.

VIDEO: 'I didn't have a normal childhood'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:11:41 GMT

A 17-year-old with a stepdad in prison tells Newsbeat what life is like for her.

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:31 GMT

BBC News spends a night on Norwich's SOS bus as peak Christmas Party season gets under way.

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

Snow is more likely in the UK at Easter than Christmas

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:19:56 GMT

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs - in one night

Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:45:43 GMT

Beneath London's streets work on Crossrail is carrying on apace

Teaching winter to new US refugees
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:55 GMT

How refugees learn to bundle up and walk on ice

'Depression and Christmas just don't go'
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:49:58 GMT

How one woman deals with her mental health at Christmas

Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:43:42 GMT

The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre

NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:19:21 GMT

How is your local A&E coping with winter pressures?

'Stephen Colbert' now belongs to the ages
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:48:48 GMT

Reflections on Stephen Colbert’s legacy

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