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The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil has been meeting some of the families in Peshawar who are in grief following an attack by the Taliban on a school, killing 141 people, mostly children.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:38 pm
The US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates on hold and says it "can be patient" over any decision to raise them, sending stocks higher.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:38 pm
The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:18 pm
The US military has been showing off its latest catch.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:18 pm
Geeks v Spooks, microbiomes and elections at home and abroad: What Newsnight's specialists think could be 2015's big themes.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:14 pm
Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:40 pm
A bouncer has been cleared of murder after a man died when being escorted out of a bar in Aberdeen city centre for being too drunk.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:11 pm
A teenage boy pleads guilty to the murder of a "fantastic father" who had three children.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:54 pm
A woman accused of trying to kill a police officer in a pipe bomb attack declared herself "at war with the police" on Facebook, a Belfast court is told.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:49 pm
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:32 pm
The German government approves plans for a controversial road toll, including charging foreigners for using the Autobahn.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:29 pm
An investigation is under way after an plane en route to Belfast City Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport because of a fire in one of its engines.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:22 pm
Inaccuracies in a hospital's cancer waiting times figures were caused by managerial incompetence rather than bullying of staff, investigators find.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:21 pm
The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:17 pm
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:09 pm
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:06 pm
Jack Straw says he is happy to appear before an inquiry looking at the treatment of detainees by UK intelligence agencies.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:04 pm
A PC who passed on intelligence about police killer Dale Cregan and planned drugs raids to her sister and her drug-dealing former lover is jailed.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:59 pm
Edgbaston and Old Trafford are allocated Ashes Tests for 2019 as the ECB announces its international venues for 2017-2019.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:38 pm
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:18 pm
Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:01 pm
Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:32 pm
The Scottish government announces a statutory public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:25 pm
The names of the finalists for this year's series of The Apprentice are apparently revealed ahead of time due to a glitch on the show's website.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:20 pm
Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:12 pm
Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:07 pm
Ally McCoist remains manager of Rangers after a meeting with board members despite having handed in his notice.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:03 pm
UKIP spent almost as much as the Conservatives at this year's European elections - while the Lib Dems outspent Labour, Electoral Commission figures show.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:00 pm
Is it legal to park at a right angle to the kerb?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:56 pm
A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat is convicted of murder.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:53 pm
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:47 pm
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:45 pm
The surprising calm emerging from the rouble crisis
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:41 pm
The government failed to deal with a backlog of almost 174,000 foreign nationals who should have been removed from the UK, a report says.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:30 pm
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will spend Christmas with Boston Red Sox in a bid to speed up his return from a thigh injury.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:16 pm
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:03 pm
Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:57 pm
A retired telephone engineer says he has given some festive cheer to shoppers in Norfolk after adding a giant Santa hat to his bright red vintage bubble car.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:46 pm
A north Wales man breaches a court-imposed curfew by going to his front door to collect his shopping.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:41 pm
Why is Hollywood under cyber attack?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:38 pm
How legal worries are impacting decisions on the battlefield
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:27 pm
Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:25 pm
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:22 pm
Wage growth picked up in the three months to October and outstripped the rise in the cost of living, while unemployment fell again, official figures show.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:59 pm
Somaliland seizes more than 51 Yemeni boats and an Egyptian ship for fishing illegally in its waters, a Somaliland official tells the BBC.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:57 pm
The Church of England's first female bishop, Reverend Libby Lane, says she has been "blessed" to be given the role.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:56 pm
David Cameron claims he is getting into the Christmas spirit, waving a leaked internal Labour document on immigration
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:23 pm
Ed Miliband and David Cameron trade blows over the economy in the last Prime Minister's Questions of 2014.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:20 pm
The BBC is one of the first broadcasters to go inside a school in Pakistan attacked by the Taliban on Tuesday leaving many children dead.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:05 pm
How significant is today's confirmation that earnings are at last rising faster than inflation?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:03 pm
The face of the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is to feature on Colombian bank notes, the country's lawmakers decide.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:48 pm
A European Union court annuls the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist groups, but temporarily maintains a funding freeze.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:45 pm
The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:25 pm
At least 11 people are killed in a shoot-out between rival vigilante groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:18 pm
Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:01 pm
Will threats from hackers stop people from going to see The Interview - a comedy which pokes fun at North Korea - in cinemas?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:59 am
The New York premiere of The Interview, a comedy about the assassination of North Korea's president, is cancelled amid threats from hackers.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:47 am
Funerals are being held in Peshawar after Pakistan's deadliest Taliban attack left 132 children and nine staff dead at a school.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:39 am
Figures suggest 20% of golfers quit the game take up cycling. So why are people swapping two irons for two wheels?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:35 am
A much-criticised Christmas attraction near Sutton Coldfield has closed down permanently.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:32 am
The first female bishop for the Church of England has been announced as vicar Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after the historic change to canon law.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:28 am
An interactive journey through quantum theory
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:09 am
Questions mount over why the Sydney siege gunman was not being monitored more closely, by security agencies or the courts, reports the BBC's Wendy Frew.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:02 am
A Chinese tourist is killed and nine other people, thought to be Chinese and Malaysian, are injured in a hot air balloon crash in Turkey.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:01 am
As new footage emerges of the Sydney cafe siege Australia's prime minister announces a review into how and why the attack happened.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:00 am
A church in Hackney is using technology to help explore "digital empathy".
Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:53 am
An art student from Lancashire spends the night sleeping rough on the streets of Preston to raise money for a homeless man who came to her rescue.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:45 am
The UK could be the first country to allow a technique which helps prevent genetic disease and produces so-called "three parent babies".
Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:14 am
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC that he realises he may be the last to hold the title.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:29 am
A public inquiry has been investigating allegations that UK soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. Here is a guide to why it was established and what was investigated.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:15 am
Why is the appeal of grammar schools so persistent?
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:54 am
Greek MPs will vote on a new president on Wednesday but defeat for the government could spark jitters on the markets and a return to political turmoil.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:05 am
A media clampdown has followed allegations of corruption in a turbulent Turkey as criticism of the Erdogan regime mounts, says Mark Lowen.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:02 am
Women with or at risk of mental health problems should receive extra support at all stages of pregnancy and beyond, updated NHS guidelines say.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:00 am
What happened to this deaf couple from 1940?
Posted: December 16, 2014, 10:41 pm
A fan of Erasure sparked an impromptu singalong on the London Underground with his own version of the band's A Little Respect.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 9:37 pm
A body has been found in Pennsylvania woodland by police searching for a man suspected of killing six people in a shooting rampage.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 9:20 pm
Iran says it requested 14 years ago the extradition of Haron Monis, the gunman behind the Sydney siege, but Australia refused to hand him over.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:08 pm
MPs hear evidence from Prime Minister David Cameron.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 6:21 pm
An enormous vessel is being built to collect and liquefy gas at sea for the first time.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 6:11 pm
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar
Posted: December 16, 2014, 5:48 pm
Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother and son of US presidents, takes a step towards a run on the White House in 2016.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 3:41 pm
Images from around the world: 16 December
Posted: December 16, 2014, 12:41 pm
Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.
Posted: December 16, 2014, 12:34 pm
Egypt unveils reborn Tutankhamun gallery
Posted: December 16, 2014, 10:58 am
Armed police seal off an area around a cafe
Posted: December 15, 2014, 8:53 pm
Was the Christmas display at Buckingham Palace prompted by a letter from a commuter?
Posted: December 15, 2014, 12:48 pm
News images from around the world: 15 December
Posted: December 15, 2014, 12:44 pm
The hidden lives of full-time carers
Posted: December 15, 2014, 12:46 am
Christmas photographs of Prince George
Posted: December 14, 2014, 3:04 pm
Will heavy rainfall end California's three-year drought?
Posted: December 14, 2014, 12:39 am
News photos from around the world
Posted: December 12, 2014, 4:05 pm
PA photographer Jonathan Brady on US tour
Posted: December 12, 2014, 2:37 pm
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