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Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge write to a photographer asking him to "cease harassing" Prince George and his nanny.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:17 pm
A group of homeless mothers are going to court to fight their eviction from abandoned flats near the Olympic Park in East London.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:15 pm
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are called up to the England squad.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:14 pm
A Burmese man admits killing two British tourists in attack on the island of Koh Tao last month, local reports in Thailand say.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:04 pm
The target to put Wales into the top 20 best-performing countries in education by next year is scrapped by Education Minister Huw Lewis.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:03 pm
Fernando Alonso has refused to rule out leaving F1 giants Ferrari before the end of his contract, which runs until 2016.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:55 am
The Scottish government will bring in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts, the first minister announces.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:47 am
The funeral of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last surviving Mitford sister, is under way on the Chatsworth estate.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:42 am
Ahead of Sunday's presidential election, Wyre Davis travels to the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to hear voters' views on the presidential candidates.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:42 am
Payday lender Wonga says it is writing off £220m of debts for 330,000 customers after putting in place new affordability checks.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:38 am
A "staggering array" of rights abuses has been committed in Iraq by Islamic State militants over a nine-week period, the UN says.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:37 am
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:33 am
Funding is secured for plans to create Scotland's first centre for children's literature at the house which helped to inspire the Peter Pan story.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:23 am
Five swimmers are rescued from Galway Bay in the Republic of Ireland after what has been described as a dolphin attack.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:22 am
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says criticism of his party in Theresa May's speech marks a "low point" in coalition relations.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:22 am
Newly-appointed Ford chief executive Mark Fields says he is confident the company can boost its sales around the world despite the difficulties the industry faces
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:17 am
A teenage boy obsessed with TV serial killer Dexter is jailed for murdering and dismembering his 17-year-old girlfriend.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:13 am
A busy road in Rio de Janeiro is brought to a halt by a gun battle between soldiers and gang members.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:06 am
Save the Children says healthcare demands are far outstripping supply in Sierra Leone and warns that the Ebola outbreak there is getting worse.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 11:02 am
China's state media strongly back Hong Kong's embattled leader CY Leung, while condemning democracy protests as "chaos".
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:56 am
Two pro-democracy protests, 25 years apart, same outcome?
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:51 am
Human remains thought to belong to Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared, have been removed from a bog in County Meath.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:45 am
Singer Kate Bush performs the last of a series of 22 comeback concerts in London, suggesting it will be "a while" before she appears on stage again.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:43 am
When is a sportswoman not woman enough?
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:42 am
Manchester United's Luke Shaw is named in the England Under-21 squad to face Croatia in the Euro 2015 play-off.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:40 am
Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine begin an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, Ukrainian officials say.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:36 am
The Bank of England accepts new powers to prevent a housing boom and bust, as suggested by the Chancellor, George Osborne
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:32 am
American football player CJ Spillman is being investigated over an alleged sexual assault, police say, the latest such case to rock the NFL.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:18 am
Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemmorhage.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:17 am
Dance stars of the future are being sought in a UK competition backed by Sadler's Wells and the BBC to be shown on BBC Four and BBC Two.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 10:01 am
The Turkish parliament is to vote on a motion to deploy the military in Iraq and Syria and allow foreign troops to use its territory.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 9:35 am
Three UK universities lose their place in the top 200 of a global higher education league table while elite universities hold their ground.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 9:20 am
Some care home residents are becoming malnourished because not enough thought is going into the food they are given, says Wales' older people's commissioner.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:58 am
David Loyn has been speaking to the US commander of international forces in Afghanistan who says "there is no credible intelligence of operations by the Islamic State" in the country.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:50 am
Meetings with the king and VIP cocktail parties. Why did Norway pull out of the running to host the 2022 Winter Olympics?
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:41 am
A post-mortem examination on the body of murdered 14-year-old Alice Gross will resume later.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:34 am
A young politician with Venezuela's governing PSUV party, Robert Serra, is found shot dead at his home in Caracas alongside his partner.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:34 am
As many as 15 people are feared dead after a blast at an explosives factory north of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:31 am
A sneak preview of Volvo's new XC90 - the car set to take centre stage at the Paris Motor Show.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 8:29 am
The Treasury is formally warned that the Northern Ireland Executive is on track to go into the red by the end of this financial year.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 7:42 am
Hundreds of GP practices are at risk of closure because of the number of doctors reaching retirement age, GP leaders say.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:30 am
A five year-old girl from Inverness who was born without any fingers on one hand has become the first in the UK to be fitted with a bionic limb made using a 3D printer
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:20 am
The BBC's Adam Fleming visits Clacton as the campaigning for the by-election in the town enters its final week.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:14 am
A leading accident and emergency doctor, Clifford Mann, has warned there's a "dangerous epidemic" of young people ending up in hospital, after getting drunk on cheap drinks before going out.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:01 am
The prime minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference, in which he promised tax cuts for 30 million Britons, leads most of Thursday's papers.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 5:25 am
At least three people are killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacks an Afghan army bus in Kabul, the fourth such attack since Monday.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 5:04 am
BBC Sport looks back at 50 iconic FA Cup goals in the build-up to the first round proper, which takes place in November.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 5:02 am
Japan's stock markets were rattled after a trading error caused more than $600bn (£370bn) worth of orders to be made and then cancelled.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 3:48 am
A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 3:17 am
Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is arrested over Twitter remarks deemed "denigrating" to government institutions.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 1:45 am
The Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a notorious drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran Leyva.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 1:31 am
Five children in Texas who came into contact with the Liberian man infected with Ebola are being monitored at home.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:24 am
RAF veterans who risked their lives to help Polish resistance
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:22 am
The strange world of super-specialist cutlery
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:21 am
Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns as criticism of the agency intensified following several high-profile security lapses.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:42 pm
Click learns how to bend beacon technology to its bidding by turning a London Street into a musical wonderland.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:11 pm
19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:10 pm
Will our cities ever be congestion-free?
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:09 pm
Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:07 pm
Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:05 pm
How data crunching is dictating our job prospects
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:03 pm
One of the most beautiful railways in the world has had one of its most successful summers on record.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:01 pm
A 17-year-old girl has been found in Mexico 12 years after she was abducted by her mother.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 10:41 pm
David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 10:31 pm
Fergal Keane reports from Hong Kong on the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since it took control of the former British colony in 1997.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 9:59 pm
Michael Dunn is found guilty in the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, a teenager shot during a row over loud music at a petrol station in Florida.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 9:41 pm
More information has come to light about the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 9:31 pm
The family of a missing schoolgirl who is thought to have gone to Syria, possibly to join Islamist fighters, say they are heartbroken and just want her home.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 7:29 pm
Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove calls on Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe to hand back her PhD as students demand an investigation.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:52 pm
US researchers say a simple smell test could help predict how likely someone is to be alive in five years' time.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:48 pm
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:20 pm
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:20 pm
The award-winning comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has said his new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, reveals the "ugly truth" about his cocaine use in the 1980s.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:38 pm
The award-winning comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has said his new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, reveals the "ugly truth" about his cocaine use in the 1980s.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:38 pm
Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks has announced that he will donate £1m to UKIP.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:10 pm
Tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have been photographed moving ashore in northwest Alaska.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:04 pm
Lord Hill tells EU why he's the man to oversee banks
Posted: October 1, 2014, 4:29 pm
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 4:04 pm
Is Cameron more Thatcher than Thatcher?
Posted: October 1, 2014, 2:18 pm
Readers' photos on the theme of "amateur sport"
Posted: October 1, 2014, 2:16 pm
News images from around the world: 1 October
Posted: October 1, 2014, 12:51 pm
Crowds gather on the streets of Hong Kong
Posted: October 1, 2014, 11:36 am
US yoga practitioners insist it isn't primarily about fitness. But the definition can be flexible.
Posted: September 30, 2014, 11:17 pm
Photographer Shirley Baker's photos of Manchester
Posted: September 30, 2014, 11:10 pm
News images from around the world: 30 September
Posted: September 30, 2014, 11:54 am
Men and women who risk their lives to get rich in Guinea
Posted: September 30, 2014, 10:42 am
The BBC is launching a campaign to get every child in the land familiar with a piece of classical music.
Posted: September 30, 2014, 8:56 am
Printing tradition kept alive in Calcutta
Posted: September 30, 2014, 12:05 am
Exhibition featuring work by three generations of photographers
Posted: September 29, 2014, 7:42 am
MPs vote by 524 to 43 in favour of UK military action against Islamic State in Iraq.
Posted: September 26, 2014, 5:28 pm
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