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  • Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:38:14 GMT)

    Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions. ... Read



  • Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT)

    Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. ... Read


  • Extremists 'not radicalised by MI5'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:26:47 GMT)

    Extremists like the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' are not radicalised through contact with security services, ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says. ... Read


  • Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:34:59 GMT)

    A leading Russian opposition politician, former deputy PM Boris Nemtsov, is shot dead in Moscow just before a march against the war in Ukraine. ... Read


  • Lloyds to resume dividend payments
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:15:22 GMT)

    Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008. ... Read


  • US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:16:00 GMT)

    A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka. ... Read


  • Threat to east Ukraine 'to persist'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:16:42 GMT)

    Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia. ... Read


  • Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:28:38 GMT)

    Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly. ... Read


  • Farage: UKIP backs Tories on deficit
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:02:57 GMT)

    Nigel Farage says UKIP will back Conservative efforts to eliminate the deficit by 2018 but only if they stick to their plans. ... Read


  • Harry 'considering Army options'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:34 GMT)

    Prince Harry is "considering his options" over his military career and could choose to leave the Army to focus on charity work, the BBC understands. ... Read


  • Mugabe admits land reform flaws
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:29:12 GMT)

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big". ... Read


  • Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT)

    People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests. ... Read


  • 'Devo Manc' and the NHS
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:46:30 GMT)

    Greater Manchester is to take control of its health budget from April this year. While details are still to emerge, it's a significant move. ... Read


  • How Labour pays for student fee cut
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:38:37 GMT)

    Labour would reduce tax relief for those earning £150,000 or more a year, shrink maximum pension pots to £1m and cut maximum annual pension contributions to £30,000 to pay for a cut to £6,000 in student fees. ... Read


  • Are tablets falling out of favour?
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:05:54 GMT)

    Ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress, experts propose a variety of reasons why consumers are not buying tablets in the numbers once expected. ... Read




  • Net loss: Anatomy of a pledge
  • (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:29:23 GMT)

    Where David Cameron's pledge to cut net migration to below 100,000 came from - and how it fell apart. ... Read



  • VIDEO: Pope Francis' gaffes - in 60 seconds
  • (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:27:50 GMT)

    Pope Francis has been widely praised for his no-nonsense approach, but his off-the-cuff remarks have sparked criticism in recent months, as BBC News explains ... Read


  • How an Indian city is coping with swine flu
  • (Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:04:35 GMT)

    BBC Hindi's Ankur Jain explains how people in the city of Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat are dealing with a deadly outbreak of swine flu. ... Read



  • Genital book makes odd title list
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:29 GMT)

    A book about the evolution of genitals is shortlisted for this year's Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year. ... Read



  • Northampton 17-13 Harlequins
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:28:49 GMT)

    Northampton extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 13 points with a hard-fought win over Harlequins. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Nevin: Why has Kane become prolific?
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:34:59 GMT)

    BBC football analyst Pat Nevin looks at how Harry Kane has achieved success this season, and asks if the Tottenham striker will be a one-season wonder. ... Read


  • Ireland 11-8 England
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:45:46 GMT)

    Ireland gain revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat by England with a narrow Women's Six Nations victory at Asbourne. ... Read


  • The Apprentice v The Master
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:37:04 GMT)

    Why England's novice fly-half George Ford could well shatter the poise of Ireland's master, Johnny Sexton, writes Tom Fordyce. ... Read


  • Wide gap in regional house prices
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:29:38 GMT)

    The gap between the most expensive and cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000, figures show. ... Read


  • Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10%
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:01:58 GMT)

    Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions. ... Read


  • 'No barriers' to income tax poll
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:40 GMT)

    A new devolution package for Wales removes "the last remaining barriers" to an income tax referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron says. ... Read


  • PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:03:55 GMT)

    The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria. ... Read



  • Row over Savile hospital access claim
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:14:20 GMT)

    The NHS Trust boss responsible for Stoke Mandeville hospital is criticised for telling an MP Jimmy Savile was 'not given free access', the BBC learns. ... Read


  • L'Oreal to change 'bad at maths' ad
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:13:33 GMT)

    A numeracy charity's challenge prompts beauty giant L'Oreal to change an advert boasting about not being good at maths. ... Read


  • 'Significant' rise in school meals
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:03 GMT)

    About three quarters of children in the early years of primary school are now taking school dinners, according to figures seen by BBC Scotland. ... Read


  • Account data stolen in TalkTalk hack
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:13 GMT)

    TalkTalk customers are being warned about scammers who managed to steal account numbers and names from the company's computers. ... Read




  • Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:52:58 GMT)

    Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould. ... Read



  • Harrison Ford back for Blade Runner
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:10 GMT)

    Harrison Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, it is confirmed. ... Read





  • Judge admits Muslim Bible oath error
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:19 GMT)

    A judge who stopped a trial because a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on the Bible says he should have accepted the man's evidence. ... Read



  • Murphy will stand for Westminster
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:48:26 GMT)

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is the party's candidate for East Renfrewshire at the general election in May. ... Read


  • 'When bandits shot me in the Congo'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:51:39 GMT)

    A County Tyrone missionary midwife recalls the moment when she grabbed a gun being aimed at her and was shot in the shoulder. ... Read




  • 'No question' of tax referendum
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:14:00 GMT)

    Calls for a referendum on income tax powers for Wales are rejected by the first minister, despite a pledge by David Cameron on minimum funding. ... Read


  • Somali pirates free Thai fishermen
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:49:53 GMT)

    Four Thai fishermen thought to have been held by Somali pirates longer than any other captives have been freed, officials say. ... Read


  • Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:15:10 GMT)

    A popular Rwandan singer is jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government. ... Read


  • Nepalese officer 'ordered torture'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:18:38 GMT)

    A Nepalese army officer ordered the torture of two suspected rebels during the country's civil war, a British court hears. ... Read



  • Greek PM vows 'no third bailout'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:37:26 GMT)

    Greek PM Alexis Tsipras denies his country will need a third international bailout, and vows to "start working hard" to change the country. ... Read


  • Third arrest in Copenhagen shootings
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:45 GMT)

    Danish police arrest a third man suspected of aiding a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen earlier this month. ... Read


  • Most-wanted Mexico drug lord held
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:04:56 GMT)

    The Mexican president hails the capture of the country's most wanted drug lord - Knights Templar chief Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez. ... Read


  • Argentine president case dismissed
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:41 GMT)

    A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack. ... Read


  • UN laments IS statue 'war crimes'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:16:46 GMT)

    The reported destruction of historic artefacts in Iraq by Islamic State militants is a war crime, the head of the UN agency for culture says. ... Read


  • Iraq minorities 'wipeout threat'
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:22:47 GMT)

    Iraqi minority groups are subject to a "systematic strategy" by IS to drive them out of the country, human rights groups warn. ... Read


  • Duelling bills as US shutdown looms
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:19:29 GMT)

    The Senate has passed full funding for homeland security shortly after the House passed its own short-term version as a shutdown deadline looms. ... Read














  • VIDEO: Ukraine's most-feared volunteers
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:22:09 GMT)

    The strategically important city of Mariupol is being defended not only by regular Ukrainian army troops but also by fighters who swear allegiance to the Azov Battalion. ... Read


  • AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:12:30 GMT)

    The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State. ... Read



  • VIDEO: Fees pledge: What do students think?
  • (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:06:46 GMT)

    The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions. ... Read















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