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  • Penalties 'do not stop' drug use
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:59:39 GMT)

    There is no link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a Home Office study finds, sparking a policy row within the coalition government. ... Read


  • UK can be sued over rendition case
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:31:58 GMT)

    A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules. ... Read


  • Apple chief: 'I'm proud to be gay'
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:29:44 GMT)

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality saying he made his announcement to help others struggling with their identity. ... Read


  • Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:13:31 GMT)

    Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule set fire to parliament in the capital. ... Read


  • Abbas warning over holy site closure
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:53 GMT)

    The Palestinian leader's spokesman calls the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site after the shooting of a Jewish activist a "declaration of war". ... Read


  • Prince Harry supports poppy appeal
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:16:12 GMT)

    Prince Harry meets poppy sellers and celebrities at Buckingham Palace on the first stop of their tour of London in a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. ... Read


  • US nurse defies Ebola quarantine
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:01:30 GMT)

    A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone defies a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride. ... Read



  • IPCC debates 'most important' report
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:34:14 GMT)

    Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming. ... Read


  • UK migrant rescue stance criticised
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:17 GMT)

    A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low". ... Read


  • Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:38:51 GMT)

    UK ship RFA Argus, which is carrying medical supplies, equipment and vehicles, arrives in Sierra Leone to help deal with the deadly Ebola outbreak. ... Read




  • VIDEO: How to build an engine in 42 seconds
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:34:12 GMT)

    Steph McGovern reports from the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton where robots can construct an engine from its component parts in under a minute. ... Read






  • VIDEO: RAF 'threatens to shoot down' plane
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:14:46 GMT)

    A Royal Air Force fighter jet apparently threatened to "shoot down" a Latvian cargo plane after it lost contact with air traffic controllers above Kent. ... Read


  • New Nato boss on challenges ahead
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:30:23 GMT)

    With most Nato members intent on cutting defence spending, Mark Urban asks the alliance's new chief Jens Stoltenberg how he can stop it becoming an association of broken promises. ... Read


  • Has quantitative easing worked?
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:42:35 GMT)

    The US Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce the end of its "quantitative easing" policy this week. Has it worked? Or has it set the scene for another financial crisis? ... Read




  • Money in politics: More than a game
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:17:03 GMT)

    This year's mid-term elections are set to become the most expensive in US history. Where is this money coming from and what is it doing to campaigns, candidates and the political process? ... Read



  • Drugs strategy and tax pledges
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:06:08 GMT)

    The government's strategy on illegal drugs, tax pledges and care for the elderly are among the stories on the front pages. ... Read



  • Young Fathers win Mercury Prize
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:03:12 GMT)

    Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the 20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead. ... Read


  • I know what I am doing - Pardew
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:15:46 GMT)

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he is confident in his ability after knocking Manchester City out of the League Cup. ... Read



  • The Rumble in the Jungle revisited
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:06:51 GMT)

    On the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali v George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, BBC Sport speaks to those who were there. ... Read


  • Pellegrini 'worried' before derby
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:26:28 GMT)

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini is "worried" by Manchester City's form ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester United. ... Read



  • Housing market 'losing momentum'
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:55 GMT)

    The UK housing market is showing signs of slowing down, the Nationwide says, with the annual rate of price growth slowing to 9% in October. ... Read


  • MP Murphy wants Scottish FM role
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:36 GMT)

    MP Jim Murphy tells the BBC he not only wants to be Scottish Labour leader but has set his sights on becoming first minister of Scotland. ... Read





  • Schools 'progressing too slowly'
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:17:12 GMT)

    There are "significant gaps" in raising standards in schools in England, a report by spending watchdog the National Audit Office says. ... Read



  • Microsoft unveils fitness band
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:48:23 GMT)

    Microsoft unveils a wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well connect to a fitness tracking service on smartphones. ... Read



  • Rocket makers probe US explosion
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:27:46 GMT)

    The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:05:36 GMT)

    A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology. ... Read


  • Pulitzer-winning poet Kinnell dies
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:11:44 GMT)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Galway Kinnell, best known for his spiritual poems connecting the experiences of daily life to larger forces, dies aged 87. ... Read






  • 'Drunk' pilot arrested before flight
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:29:23 GMT)

    A pilot for Flybe was removed from a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink drive limit just before he was due to fly. ... Read


  • Pub cannabis crop worth up to 1.8m
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:39:10 GMT)

    Four men are expected to appear in court after a cannabis haul with a street value of up to 1.8m was found in a disused Borders pub. ... Read



  • Health cuts will mean fewer beds
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:17:11 GMT)

    Health service cuts in Northern Ireland may mean more than 100 fewer hospital beds and some wards closing at the weekend. ... Read





  • Tunisia secularists win elections
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:03:58 GMT)

    Tunisia's secularist Nidaa Tounes party wins 81 seats in parliament, pushing the Islamists of Ennahda into second place, official results show. ... Read


  • Nigerian president seeks re-election
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:02:54 GMT)

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan breaks his silence to confirm that he will run again in February's elections, his office says. ... Read


  • Sri Lanka rescue effort intensified
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:51:11 GMT)

    Rescue workers in Sri Lanka intensify their search for survivors of a tea plantation landslide which is feared to have buried more than 100 people. ... Read


  • Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:07:32 GMT)

    A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier. ... Read


  • German motorway shooter sentenced
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:39:50 GMT)

    A German lorry driver who carried out hundreds of shootings on the country's motorways has been jailed for more than 10 years. ... Read



  • Mexico head meets students' families
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:20:53 GMT)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meets the families of 43 students who went missing more than a month ago, sparking nationwide protests. ... Read


  • US attends Ebola conference in Cuba
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:55:57 GMT)

    Two health officials from the United States attend an Ebola conference in Cuba despite frosty relations between the two long-standing adversaries. ... Read


  • Iraqi Kurd fighters 'enter Kobane'
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:58:45 GMT)

    An advance party of 10 Iraqi Kurd fighters have entered the Syrian border town of Kobane to join the battle against Islamic State militants, activists say. ... Read


  • Rebels reinforce besieged Kobane
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:05:12 GMT)

    Free Syrian Army fighters arrive in Kobane to help the defence of the Syrian border town under siege by Islamic State militants, sources there say. ... Read


  • Giants beat Royals in World Series
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:50:05 GMT)

    San Francisco Giants claim their third World Series in five years with a 3-2 win over Kansas City Royals and a 4-3 series triumph. ... Read












  • VIDEO: 'Why I needed Danish sperm donor'
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:46:04 GMT)

    A single mother with one-year-old twins explains to BBC Breakfast how she needed a Danish sperm donor and how she plans to tell the girls about their conception. ... Read





  • VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers
  • (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:32:06 GMT)

    The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Pensioner guilty of double murder
  • (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:48:29 GMT)

    Puppy farmer John Lowe, 82, has been found guilty of murdering his partner Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee on his Surrey puppy farm ... Read















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