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Germany warns Greece over debts
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:15:56 GMT

The German government warns Greece that it must meet its commitments to lenders, after the election win of the Greek anti-austerity Syriza party.

Argentina disbands intelligence body
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:14:35 GMT

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announces plans to dissolve the country's intelligence agency after the mysterious death of a prosecutor.

Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:00:04 GMT

Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned.

Snow emergency declared in US
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:19:57 GMT

An emergency has been declared in several US states as a storm bringing hurricane-force winds and 90cm (36ins) of snow barrels down on the north-east.

I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:58:23 GMT

Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances.

Dementia 'link' to common drugs
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:41:27 GMT

A study links commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.

FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:43:42 GMT

The FBI has arrested a man on charges he was spying for Russia and trying to recruit sources in New York City, announces US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Post-Ebola 'Marshall Plan' needed
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:50:37 GMT

Oxfam calls for a multi-million dollar 'Marshall Plan' to help West African countries worst affected by Ebola recover from the crisis.

Fighter jet crash in Spain kills 10
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:07:25 GMT

Eight French people are among 10 killed when a Greek fighter jet crashes during take-off at a Nato air base in central Spain.

Miliband to pledge longer care visits
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:47 GMT

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to set out details of Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS, including longer homecare visits, in a speech in Trafford.

Crime victims let down, says review
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:45 GMT

Victims of crime in England and Wales are still being let down by the justice system, says an independent review by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove.

Cumberbatch sorry for 'coloured' comment
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:37:32 GMT

Benedict Cumberbatch says "I'm an idiot" after talking about "coloured actors" on a US talk show.

Election countdown and Greece - papers
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:32:14 GMT

Two general elections occupy the front pages as the papers look ahead to the UK's poll and back to the one in Greece.

Gordon Corera: Will Litvinenko inquiry find answers?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:26 GMT

Gordon Corera looks back over the case of Alexander Litvinenko as the public inquiry begins.

Rescuing women from forced marriage
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:40:02 GMT

British women are being forced into marriage against their will, even though it is now a criminal offence.

Election that is impossible to call
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:18:03 GMT

The 2015 general election will be unlike any other - and is close to impossible to predict, says David Cowling.

Why aren't markets panicking about Greece?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:29:31 GMT

Will Syriza succeed in persuading its eurozone and IMF creditors to write off some of their huge debts, or will it be forced to leave the currency union?

VIDEO: Greek elections: What next?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:38:01 GMT

A closer look at the Greek elections and what the result means for the country.

VIDEO: How was Malaysia Airlines 'hacked'?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:43:13 GMT

The website for Malaysia Airlines was rendered inaccessible thanks to a cyber-attack. But how did it happen? BBC technology reporter Dave Lee explains.

Seven insane ways tech will change news
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:10 GMT

While there are bits of gadgetry that are changing the way we gather and distribute news, the primary challenge comes from new platforms and software.

Court bans child being named Nutella
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:50 GMT

A French court stops parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision.

UK minister makes Taiwan watch gaffe
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:57:35 GMT

A UK government minister apologies after giving a watch to the mayor of Taipei, not realising it was a taboo act in Chinese culture.

Arsenal draw Middlesbrough in FA Cup
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:52:31 GMT

Holders Arsenal are drawn against Championship side Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Rochdale 1-4 Stoke City
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:05:34 GMT

Stoke ease past League One side Rochdale to book an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Championship team Blackburn Rovers.

Murray ready for Kyrgios and crowd
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:01:33 GMT

Andy Murray is ready for a partisan home crowd at his Australian Open quarter-final against Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

Van Persie unsure over new contract
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:27 GMT

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie does not know if he will be offered a new contract when his current deal expires.

Armstrong charm is false - Andreu
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:05:44 GMT

Betsy Andreu accuses Lance Armstrong of talking to the BBC because he wants sympathy ahead of potentially costly legal action.

Russia's credit rating cut to junk
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:11:53 GMT

Russia's credit rating is cut to junk by US ratings agency Standard and Poor's for the first time in a decade.

Families hit by cuts report says
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:54 GMT

Families with young children and poorer households have been worst affected by government changes to tax and benefits, according to a new report.

Fracking moratorium rejected by MPs
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:01:52 GMT

MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions.

Cameron: Hoax call 'did no harm'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:17:14 GMT

David Cameron says a hoax call he received from someone claiming to be the head of GCHQ did not "breach security".

Cosmetic surgery 'popularity falls'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:06:08 GMT

The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK has plummeted in 2014, figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons show.

Heartburn 'could be sign of cancer'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:06:52 GMT

A health campaign is urging people not to ignore heartburn, because it could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer.

Siblings in care 'forced apart'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:58:42 GMT

Over a third of children in care who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a children's charity.

More private students get state loans
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:17:35 GMT

Taxpayers financing £675m in loans to students at private colleges, new figures reveal

Facebook complies with Turkey block
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:42:24 GMT

Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.

TalkTalk forces porn filter choice
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:45:51 GMT

TalkTalk says customers who have not yet chosen whether to activate net filters must opt out of its safety system if they wish to continue viewing adult material online.

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:38 GMT

New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:59 GMT

Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:28:53 GMT

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC.

Redmayne win raises Oscars chances
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:31:15 GMT

Eddie Redmayne wins best actor at the Screen Actor's Guild awards while Birdman and Downton Abbey win ensemble awards.

The sheikh who listened to Nazi radio
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:25:40 GMT

Early in World War Two, Britain's agent in Sharjah noticed an alarming rise in support for Nazi Germany - so he slipped on a disguise to find out who was responsible.

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:27:49 GMT

Women are almost two thirds more likely to believe in God than men, and other nuggets.

Gang who cut off man's finger jailed
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:47:20 GMT

A kidnap gang who cut off a man's finger to get a £20,000 ransom are jailed.

Granddad robbed for strip club spree
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:59:40 GMT

A man is jailed, along with his friend, for injuring his own grandfather in order to steal £4,000 from a safe to spend at a strip club.

Biggest hospital to be handed over
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:06 GMT

Scotland's largest hospital is due to be officially handed over to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Murder charge after man goes missing
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:30:33 GMT

A man is charged with murder following the disappearance of another man from his home in West Lothian.

Kelly defends role over On The Runs
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:19:32 GMT

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has defended his role in the On The Runs scheme, after a man considered a chief murder suspect was mistakenly given an On the Run letter.

Prisoner absconds from jail leave
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:57:20 GMT

A prisoner whose convictions include killing three people while driving a stolen car has gone on the run.

Firm's collapse 'caused by mistake'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:18:47 GMT

A High Court judge rules that a mistake by Companies House caused a 124-year-old south Wales company to go into administration.

£8,600 to end council Porsche deal
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:55:06 GMT

More than £8,600 is paid by a council to get out of a hire contract for a Porsche its former boss used to drive.

Africa urged to act over Boko Haram
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:55:59 GMT

African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief says.

Relief for Tunisia & DR Congo bosses
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:25:51 GMT

DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens admit qualifying for the last eight has been tough.

Obama attends India's Republic Day
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:56:43 GMT

President Barack Obama begins the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade.

Indian cartoonist RK Laxman dies
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:58 GMT

Famous Indian cartoonist RK Laxman, who will be remembered for his Common Man sketches, dies in hospital aged 94.

Bettencourt exploitation trial opens
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:10:21 GMT

A trial involving France's richest woman has begun in Bordeaux with a revelation that one of the key defendants tried to commit suicide

Putin Ukraine remark nonsense - Nato
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:09:38 GMT

Nato's secretary-general dismisses as "nonsense" an accusation by Russia's Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian army is a "foreign legion" of the alliance.

Thousands march for missing Mexicans
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:40:30 GMT

Tens of thousands take part in marches in Mexico City to demand a full investigation into the disappearance of 43 students four months ago.

Missing Mexico journalist found dead
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:29:33 GMT

The body of Mexican journalist Moises Sanchez, who was abducted by gunmen on 2 January, is found in the town of Medellin de Bravo in Veracruz.

Islamic State 'driven out of Kobane'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:46:09 GMT

Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from of Kobane, officials say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town.

Mubarak's sons released from prison
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:25:41 GMT

The two sons of Hosni Mubarak are released from jail, a day after the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted the former Egyptian president.

Device triggers White House alert
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:42:18 GMT

A flying device known as a "quad copter" triggered a security alert when it landed in the grounds of the White House, a US official says.

Ex-CIA officer leaked Iran plan
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:48:18 GMT

A former CIA officer has been convicted of leaking classified details of a US operation against Iran to a New York Times reporter.

Taking the plunge
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:54:51 GMT

Cold Water Swimming Championships

In pictures: Church of England's first woman bishop consecration
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:40:06 GMT

Church of England's first female bishop

Day in pictures: 26 January 2015
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:12:12 GMT

Images from around the world: 26 January

In pictures: Australia Day 2015
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:10:08 GMT

The country celebrates its official national day

Week in pictures: 17-23 January 2015
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:51:44 GMT

News photos from around the world

In pictures: Saudi King Abdullah mourned
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:40:28 GMT

Ceremony hours after Saudi King's death

Day in pictures: 23 January 2015
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:37:17 GMT

Images from around the world: 23 January

Picture power: Tear gas at Kenyan primary school
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:08:54 GMT

Story behind the Kenyan protest photo

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:24:10 GMT

MPs question Chancellor George Osborne on more powers for Scotland.

VIDEO: Is Spain's Podemos party on the rise?
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:31:26 GMT

The Podemos party in Spain is anti-austerity and pro-democracy.

VIDEO: 'Storm of immense scale' due in US
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:41 GMT

A "potentially historic blizzard" could dump up to 90cm (3ft) of snow on the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned.

VIDEO: Aftermath of fatal fighter jet crash
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:51:08 GMT

Ten people have been killed and 13 injured at a military base in Spain, when a Greek fighter jet lost power and crashed into other aircraft parked on the ground.

VIDEO: Auschwitz survivors reunited 70 years on
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:28:55 GMT

Survivors have returned to Auschwitz to remember those lost and to be reunited with fellow captives, 70 years after the camp was liberated.

VIDEO: Ukraine civilians 'caught in firing line'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:45:12 GMT

NATO has dismissed as "nonsense" claims by Vladimir Putin that NATO soldiers are fighting alongside Ukrainian government troops in Eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Footage of Mexico volcano erupting
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:07:08 GMT

Mexico's Colima Volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano, erupted again on Sunday.

VIDEO: Armstrong: 'I'd probably cheat again'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:59:07 GMT

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says he would probably cheat again if he was in the same situation as he was during the 1990s.

VIDEO: Man interrupts woman bishop ceremony
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:29 GMT

A man has interrupted a ceremony consecrating the Church of England's first female bishop, saying 'it was not in the Bible'.

Who wants to work in a tunnel?
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:11:19 GMT

The people who choose to work in giant tunnels

The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:06 GMT

The woman who left Germany for a gorge on the Chechen border

VIDEO: Care home residents enjoy cocktail party
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:14:13 GMT

Cocktail parties in care homes help people relive younger years

VIDEO: Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:21:39 GMT

Why lip-syncing app Dubsmash went viral

Still thirsty after Malawi's flood
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:05:20 GMT

Water everywhere in Malawi and not a drop to drink

How to build world's tallest lift
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:21 GMT

How to build the world's tallest lift

Auschwitz anniversary: The survivor who brought the Holocaust to life
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:10:25 GMT

How a young survivor's drawings helped bring the Holocaust to life

When to hang up the tennis racquet?
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:07:11 GMT

Finding a new job after hanging up the tennis racquet

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