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  • Gunman kills two New York policemen
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:14:26 GMT)

    A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself, officials say. ... Read

  • US insists North Korea behind hack
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:47:59 GMT)

    The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack. ... Read

  • Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge'
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:04:35 GMT)

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage. ... Read

  • Second arrest over off-duty PC death
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:54:36 GMT)

    A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday. ... Read

  • Caroline Flack wins Strictly title
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:47 GMT)

    TV presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe. ... Read

  • Mother charged with Cairns murders
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:43:22 GMT)

    Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece. ... Read

  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT)

    Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. ... Read

  • More support for ex-forces prisoners
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:27:13 GMT)

    Ex-armed forces members who are sent to prison will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the Ministry of Justice says. ... Read

  • Cuba 'will stay on' communist path
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT)

    Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system. ... Read

  • Journalist John Freeman dies at 99
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:49:44 GMT)

    The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99. ... Read

  • VIDEO: Gay Asian support group created
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:22:12 GMT)

    A support group is set up in memory of Dr Naz Mahmood - an Asian doctor who took his own life days after telling his family he was gay. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • VIDEO: A tour through Crossrail's tunnels
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:40:39 GMT)

    With just four years until Crossrail is due to open, Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott was given access to the new tunnels beneath London to see how work was getting on. ... Read

  • Slower ambulance fears, and roadside drug tests
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:39:27 GMT)

    Claims that NHS England may make target response times for ambulances longer, and news on a festive season blitz on drug-driving are two of a mixed bag of Sunday headlines. ... Read

  • Climate of fear in Turkmenistan
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:20:03 GMT)

    Foreign investors are keen to do deals with Turkmenistan but a climate of fear silences dissent, writes the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Ashgabat. ... Read

  • 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". ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • 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? ... Read

  • Hart still UK's most desirable place
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:07:31 GMT)

    The most desirable place to live in the UK is named as Hart in Hampshire where residents are found to be the healthiest and live the longest. ... Read

  • Facebook users crack card mystery
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:58:15 GMT)

    Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force. ... Read

  • Saints' Hartley 'plays to the edge'
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:37:08 GMT)

    Northampton boss Jim Mallinder admits Dylan Hartley "plays to the edge" after the hooker's sending off against Leicester. ... Read

  • West Ham 'are breaking barriers'
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:33:56 GMT)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his club are "breaking barriers" in the Premier League as they are fourth in the table. ... Read

  • Booking.com 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 Booking.com. ... Read

  • Plan to help over-50s get jobs
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:44:07 GMT)

    Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work. ... Read

  • First UK reservists join Ebola fight
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:17:11 GMT)

    The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • N Korea proposes joint Sony probe
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:51:42 GMT)

    North Korea proposes a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • Sony 'will not drop' N Korea film
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:38:09 GMT)

    Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack. ... Read

  • Winter fuel payment increase urged
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:42 GMT)

    Immediate action is needed to ensure pensioners in Scotland are not afraid to put their heating on this winter, according to the SNP. ... Read

  • NI ministers engage in Cameron call
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:58:58 GMT)

    The Northern Ireland first minister and deputy first minister hold a conference call with the prime minister on Saturday. ... Read

  • Appeal one year on from 'axe murder'
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:30:26 GMT)

    Detectives investigating the murder of a man who they believe was attacked with an axe renew their appeal on the first anniversary of his death. ... Read

  • Man threatened pair with a knife
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:06:45 GMT)

    Police appeal for information to trace a man who is believed to have threatened pair with a knife at a railway station. ... Read

  • Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:08:49 GMT)

    Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMT)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony. ... Read

  • Russians 'will not cave in' to West
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT)

    Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • Colombia Farc truce follows killings
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:43 GMT)

    Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers. ... Read

  • Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town
  • (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:14 GMT)

    Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups. ... Read

  • Israel launches Gaza air strike
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:58 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. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

  • Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:19:30 GMT)

    Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says. ... Read

  • 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. ... Read

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