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Email error reveals bank's EU project
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:46:17 GMT

The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.

Councils urge blanket legal high ban
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:02:59 GMT

Councils across England and Wales call on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs.

Balls 'not dashing back to politics'
Fri, 22 May 2015 22:16:02 GMT

Ed Balls rules out an early return to frontline politics and says Labour should have been more "pro-business" in an exclusive interview with Nick Robinson.

High turnout in gay marriage vote
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:49:10 GMT

A high turnout is reported as polls close after the Republic of Ireland votes in a referendum on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.

Sturgeon condemns leak 'dirty tricks'
Fri, 22 May 2015 20:39:26 GMT

Nicola Sturgeon calls on Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after he admits being behind the leak of a memo ahead of the election.

IS 'carried out Saudi mosque attack'
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:52:05 GMT

The Islamic State group says it was behind a deadly suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, apparently its first attack in the kingdom.

NHS trusts' deficit rises to £822m
Fri, 22 May 2015 15:06:00 GMT

NHS trusts in England report a total deficit of £822m for last financial year, compared with £115m the previous year

Ninth charge over Hatton Garden raid
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:06:38 GMT

Police investigating Hatton Garden jewellery raid in London charge a ninth man with conspiracy to burgle.

First set of Clinton emails released
Fri, 22 May 2015 19:02:46 GMT

State Department releases hundreds of emails - many relating to the attack in Benghazi, Libya - from Hillary Clinton's private email account.

Cab driver jailed for Iraq bomb murder
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:31 GMT

A London cab driver is jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007.

Reporter guilty in story tips case
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:08:36 GMT

Sun crime reporter Anthony France is found guilty of receiving story tips from an anti-terrorism officer based at Heathrow Airport.

Stage set for biggest ever Eurovision
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:50:43 GMT

Sweden, Russia and Italy are among the favourites to win the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna later.

Nepal's treasures: Before and after
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:51:37 GMT

Images of the destruction wreaked on Nepal's Kathmandu valley landmarks by Saturday's deadly earthquake.

CCTV 'switch-off' and Amazon tax move
Fri, 22 May 2015 22:31:35 GMT

Stories making Saturday's front pages include reports that councils are switching off CCTV cameras to save cash and that retailer Amazon has changed its tax arrangements.

VIDEO: Is this the new face of the £20 note?
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:57:42 GMT

Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering British photographer, and should be the face of the £20 note, says Will Gompertz.

Spain's political masters face bloody nose
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:03:50 GMT

Spaniards are poised to give their political masters a bloody nose in a bumper election year, reports James Badcock.

Assessing Syria's chemical weapons
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:10:31 GMT

For the past year, there have been reports that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia continue to be used for attacks in Syria. So why is it so difficult to monitor what weapons Syria has?

Islamic State: How it is run
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:48:46 GMT

The BBC's Aidan Lewis looks at what is known about the structure of Islamic State (IS) and how the jihadist group is run.

Fan's dog eats play-off tickets
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:36:06 GMT

A football fan is left in a panic after his dog eats his tickets for Monday's Championship play-off final.

Dog found alone on Scafell Pike
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:49:11 GMT

An animal welfare charity appeals for the owner of a dog found wandering on the top of England's highest mountain to come forward.

NZ batsmen punish profligate England
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:46:49 GMT

New Zealand dominate England's bowlers to move into a strong position after two days of the first Test at Lord's.

McIlroy misses cut at Wentworth
Fri, 22 May 2015 19:52:35 GMT

World number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after a second round of 78.

'I will not walk away from Chelsea'
Fri, 22 May 2015 22:05:50 GMT

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would not choose to leave the club but is prepared to manage another English side.

Will Hull's season end on high note?
Fri, 22 May 2015 22:20:37 GMT

Hull face Manchester United looking to overhaul Newcastle and avoid relegation on the last day of the top-flight season.

I need Golovkin fear factor - Froch
Fri, 22 May 2015 20:59:22 GMT

Carl Froch says the motivation of a bout with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin could persuade him to continue.

Yellen: US rates may rise this year
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:39:12 GMT

The chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, says she expects the central bank to begin raising interest rates "at some point this year".

Government borrowing falls to £6.8bn
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:26:59 GMT

UK government borrowing fell to £6.8bn in April, down from £9.3bn a year earlier, official figures show.

Cameron 'confident' of EU success
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:58:35 GMT

David Cameron says he can achieve a better deal for the UK in Europe but it won't be easy, ahead of key meetings next week with Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker.

Knighthood for ex-minister Pickles
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:10:47 GMT

Conservative former cabinet minister Eric Pickles, who left the government at the recent reshuffle, is to be given a knighthood.

Quarter of skin cells 'on road to cancer'
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:51:16 GMT

More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.

Tobacco firms challenge packaging law
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:47:30 GMT

British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.

Cash squeeze at children's centres
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:08:25 GMT

Support for vulnerable children in England is at risk as funding ebbs away, analysis by Barnardo's suggests.

Alternative to adoption on the rise
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:57 GMT

The number of babies subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC - while adoption rates have been falling.

Google patents 'creepy' cuddly toys
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:37:09 GMT

A patent reveals that Google has looked into making internet-connected toys that would link up to its servers to control smart devices in the home.

UK sells off unused net addresses
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:33:53 GMT

The UK government has started selling off big chunks of internet addresses that it no longer uses.

Ocean's 'tiniest organisms' revealed
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:59:26 GMT

Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss
Thu, 21 May 2015 22:44:29 GMT

Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

Fearne Cotton broadcasts final show
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:19:12 GMT

Dave Grohl, Ricky Gervais and Chris Martin pay tribute to DJ Fearne Cotton as she broadcasts her final show on Radio 1.

Kahlo's home recreated in New York
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:16:51 GMT

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio are recreated at the New York Botanical Garden.

Heating houses with 'nerd power'
Thu, 21 May 2015 00:05:29 GMT

All computers produce heat, but computer servers produce a lot of heat - why isn't this used to keep homes and offices warm?

Caption Challenge: Mass yoga
Fri, 22 May 2015 06:05:53 GMT

It's the Caption Challenge.

Axe killer 'was deemed zero risk'
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:10:38 GMT

A mentally ill man was discharged from hospital with a "very flimsy" safety net of care days before hacking to death his mother and sister, an inquest hears.

Man gives daughter away in hospital
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:05:19 GMT

The daughter of a cancer patient gets married in hospital to grant him his "dying wish".

SQA calms 'impossible' exam fears
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:52:10 GMT

Scotland's exams body seeks to calm fears that pupils will be disadvantaged by a Higher maths paper which candidates claim was impossible.

Glasgow beat Ulster to reach final
Fri, 22 May 2015 20:38:40 GMT

Glasgow Warriors reach the Pro12 final after a late DTH van der Merwe converted try sees off Ulster.

SDLP support welfare petition
Fri, 22 May 2015 18:53:22 GMT

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell says the party will not be bounced into an artificial deadline regarding welfare reform as its MLAs sign a petition of concern.

Rape victims 'let down' by delays
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:36:49 GMT

Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service is strongly criticised for the way it dealt with three cases linked to the alleged rape of Belfast woman Máiría Cahill, and claims of an IRA cover-up.

Coach fall driver found guilty
Fri, 22 May 2015 19:40:29 GMT

A coach driver is found guilty of dangerous driving after a boy fell out of his vehicle on a motorway.

Tesco fined £21k over peanut weights
Fri, 22 May 2015 18:04:39 GMT

Supermarket giant Tesco is fined £21,000 for displaying the wrong weight details on packs of peanuts in south Wales stores.

Cholera hits 3,000 Burundi refugees
Fri, 22 May 2015 19:04:08 GMT

More than 3,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania have contracted cholera, the UN says, with hundreds of new cases a day.

'Hope' for Nigeria death-row troops
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:12:13 GMT

Nigeria's incoming president may review the death sentences of 66 soldiers convicted for refusing to fight Boko Haram, a lawyer for some of them tells the BBC.

Myanmar in first migrant boat rescue
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:57:05 GMT

Myanmar rescues two migrant boats with more than 200 people in its waters in the first such operation following criticism.

South Korea 'nut rage' woman freed
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:31:55 GMT

Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho, who was jailed for an outburst over macadamia nuts, has been freed after winning a court appeal.

Netherlands backs veil ban plans
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:58:58 GMT

The Dutch cabinet backs plans for a partial ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in certain public places.

EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to Ukraine
Fri, 22 May 2015 15:53:16 GMT

The European Union agrees a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine - described as a landmark deal for a non-EU member.

Farc suspends truce after attack
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:22:58 GMT

Colombian Farc leftist rebel group suspends its unilateral ceasefire following army attack in which 26 fighters died.

Dozens dead in Mexico gang shoot-out
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:37:59 GMT

At least 39 people are killed in a gunfight between security forces and an armed gang in one of Mexico's most violent states.

Key Iraq-Syria crossing 'falls to IS'
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:38:29 GMT

Islamic State militants reportedly seize the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing with Iraq, after taking ancient Palmyra.

'Children died' in US air strike
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:36:06 GMT

A US air strike on Syria probably killed two children, the Pentagon says, acknowledging civilian casualties for first time.

DC mansion murder suspect arrested
Fri, 22 May 2015 20:50:09 GMT

Daron Dylon Wint, who had previously worked for the victims' family business, was captured late Thursday in Washington DC.

California farmers agree water deal
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:31:48 GMT

California regulators accept an offer from farmers to reduce water usage by 25% in an effort to avoid deeper cuts in the state's battle with drought.

Week in pictures: 16-22 May 2015
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:37:39 GMT

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

In pictures: Women of Hargeisa
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:03:18 GMT

Photographer Alison Baskerville's pictures of women she met in the capital of Somaliland.

Toy soldiers at war
Thu, 21 May 2015 00:35:25 GMT

The 40 year conflict that remains unresolved

Photo challenge: 12 by 12
Mon, 18 May 2015 23:49:06 GMT

Tasks to develop your photo skills

What does a front garden say about you?
Tue, 19 May 2015 11:17:18 GMT

What does a front garden say about you?

In pictures: MA photographers on show
Mon, 18 May 2015 03:40:07 GMT

Exhibition by students at the London College of Communication

The Scots who shaped photography
Sun, 17 May 2015 09:06:53 GMT

Pioneer photography in 1840s Edinburgh

Your pictures: Abstract shapes
Thu, 14 May 2015 10:14:31 GMT

Readers' photographs on the theme of abstract shapes

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:58 GMT

The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.

VIDEO: Ramadi residents pay price as IS advances
Fri, 22 May 2015 22:14:07 GMT

Several days after Islamic State militants captured the city of Ramadi, Iraqis are now asking why their army was unable to protect them.

VIDEO: The view from One World Trade Center
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:20:28 GMT

The observatory of New York's One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, opens for visitors this month.

VIDEO: Balls: Politics 'a brutal business'
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:06:45 GMT

The former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls speaks exclusively to BBC News about "his loss" in the general election, about Labour, his wife Yvette Cooper and Strictly.

VIDEO: Blasting through to 'new' Wookey cave
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:09:09 GMT

Work has begun to open up "spectacular" new caverns at Wookey Hole Caves which, managers claim, have been seen by fewer people than have walked on the moon.

AUDIO: Cotton broadcasts last Radio 1 show
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:52:09 GMT

DJ Fearne Cotton has broadcast her final show on Radio 1, after almost 10 years at the station, and six at the helm of the mid-morning show.

VIDEO: Opera House light show wows visitors
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:14:52 GMT

The Sydney Opera House has been used as a backdrop for a spectacular light show as part of the Vivid Sydney festival.

VIDEO: UK's worst train crash 100 years on
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:29:10 GMT

Friday marks 100 years since Britain's worst rail crash that claimed the lives of 226 people, the Quintinshill rail disaster.

VIDEO: The Iraqi refugees displaced by IS
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:54:53 GMT

As thousands of people are forced to flee as Islamic State fighters advance in Iraq and Syria. John Simpson visits a camp for displaced people in west Baghdad.

The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life
Sat, 23 May 2015 01:02:17 GMT

The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life

Woman who liberated S Korea's housewives
Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22:40 GMT

The South Korean who liberated the country's housewives

Electro Velvet: In the swing for Vienna
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:15:27 GMT

Electro Velvet get in the swing at Eurovision

The element that made the 20th Century shine
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:53:54 GMT

The element that made the modern era gleam

The UK town that loves solar power
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:00:28 GMT

Where is the solar 'capital' of the UK?

Does a death sentence always mean death?
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:57:14 GMT

Does a death sentence always mean death?

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:41:45 GMT

Why did Nasa take advice from Tom Cruise?

The 'Kabuliwala' Afghans of Kolkata
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:03 GMT

The Afghans who have made Kolkata their home

Who was suicide bomber Luul Dahir?
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:46:47 GMT

The "friendly" mother of six who killed herself in a hotel

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