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More talks are held to pave the way for the chief executive of Pembrokeshire council to receive a £330,000 pay-off.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 5:02 pm
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".
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:49 pm
MPs back calls for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse - as a row breaks out at the top of the coalition over drugs laws.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
UK ship RFA Argus, which is carrying medical supplies, equipment and vehicles, arrives in Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:42 pm
The Northern Ireland Executive agrees next year's draft budget but of the five parties, only the DUP and Sinn Féin voted to support the deal.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:38 pm
Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev is banned for seven matches for "using abusive language of a racist nature".
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:34 pm
At least two people are dead and four are injured as a small plane crashes into an airport building in Wichita, Kansas, officials say.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:24 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:24 pm
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality saying he made his announcement to help others struggling with their identity.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:24 pm
John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:20 pm
NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:12 pm
Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:07 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:04 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:58 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:57 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:53 pm
An investigation begins after France's state-owned EDF power company says unidentified drones have flown over seven of its nuclear plants.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:45 pm
A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:28 pm
24 hours of news images: 30 October
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:25 pm
Jules Bianchi remains "critical but stable" in hospital, nearly four weeks after he crashed at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:18 pm
Police will exhume remains from a communal grave in north Wales in a bid to solve a missing person case dating back to 1978.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:09 pm
The Royal Navy's casualty ship RFA Argus has arrived in Sierra Leone to help to tackle the Ebola crisis.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:07 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:58 pm
The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:27 pm
Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:24 pm
BBC News looks at how the battle against Ebola has become a political football - in 60 seconds.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:17 pm
Want to invest in gold, but think you cannot afford it? The Royal Mint has announced that a series of new, smaller, gold coins is now on sale.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:17 pm
Health service cuts in Northern Ireland may mean more than 100 fewer hospital beds and some wards closing at the weekend.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:17 pm
The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is found dead at his home in Kent.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:12 pm
Africans unimpressed with TV chef's take on a classic
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:03 pm
Indian police are hunting for thieves who tunnelled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:01 pm
Are plans to link health and social care as good as they sound?
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:53 pm
Prince Harry meets supporters of the British Legion's London Poppy Day Appeal at Buckingham Palace.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:49 pm
US attempts to have director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences while visiting Poland fail.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:40 pm
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:34 pm
Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:11 pm
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:07 pm
A woman whose two sons died after a house fire in South Yorkshire blames her estranged her husband for murdering them.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:05 pm
Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:59 pm
What MPs can and can't wear in parliament
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:59 pm
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".
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:52 pm
A German lorry driver who carried out hundreds of shootings on the country's motorways has been jailed for more than 10 years.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:39 pm
Are the days of the humble key numbered?
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:26 pm
A photograph of a mother breastfeeding her premature baby has gone viral after it was deleted by Facebook.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:24 pm
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:39 am
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:34 am
The stars of Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Interstellar praise its "ambition" at the film's European premiere.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:22 am
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:07 am
Tunisia's secularist Nidaa Tounes party wins 81 seats in parliament, pushing the Islamists of Ennahda into second place, official results show.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:03 am
Molten lava from a volcano erupting on Hawaii's Big Island has been flowing slowly across the island.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:00 am
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:46 am
The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:03 am
The BBC's Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:01 am
The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 9:32 am
The NHS in Scotland is finding it "increasingly difficult to cope", according to the public spending watchdog.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 9:25 am
From colour changing glasses to space age cooling waistcoats - the latest technology in Japan
Posted: October 30, 2014, 8:58 am
The Liberal Democrat minister responsible for tackling drug use, Norman Baker, says the government should look at drug abuse as a health issue.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 8:12 am
Mother Karen Audino says she wants tighter restriction on so-called legal highs after her son Jimmy Guichard died.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 8:00 am
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 7:30 am
The government's strategy on illegal drugs, tax pledges and care for the elderly are among the stories on the front pages.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 6:06 am
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan breaks his silence to confirm that he will run again in February's elections, his office says.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 6:02 am
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meets the families of 43 students who went missing more than a month ago, sparking nationwide protests.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 5:20 am
Microsoft unveils a wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well connect to a fitness tracking service on smartphones.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:48 am
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:36 am
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.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:51 am
The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:50 am
England's strange and ancient Halloween alternatives
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:34 am
There are "significant gaps" in raising standards in schools in England, a report by spending watchdog the National Audit Office says.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:17 am
A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of sperm - starts work in Birmingham.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 1:00 am
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?
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:42 am
Is eating sage better for your alertness than coffee?
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:35 am
The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him special powers
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:29 am
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is "worried" by Manchester City's form ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester United.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:26 am
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?
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:17 am
On the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali v George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, BBC Sport speaks to those who were there.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 12:06 am
The developer forced to leave her home due to threats
Posted: October 29, 2014, 11:59 pm
Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 11:03 pm
Two health officials from the United States attend an Ebola conference in Cuba despite frosty relations between the two long-standing adversaries.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 10:55 pm
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
Posted: October 29, 2014, 10:48 pm
The Vatican has unveiled a new hi-tech LED lighting system for the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 9:56 pm
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.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 9:14 pm
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.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 3:05 pm
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.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 1:05 pm
24 hours of news images: 29 October
Posted: October 29, 2014, 12:07 pm
A 1970s skatepark in Essex has been given Grade 2 listed status by English Heritage, joining the ranks of stately homes and ancient monuments.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 9:55 am
The BBC follows the Royal Marines from the Battle of Trafalgar to Afghanistan
Posted: October 29, 2014, 7:42 am
Mark Mardell on the complex balancing act facing the prime minister as he negotiates the UK's future place in the EU
Posted: October 29, 2014, 7:34 am
24 hours of news images: 28 October
Posted: October 28, 2014, 7:03 pm
24 hours of news images: 27 October
Posted: October 27, 2014, 2:59 pm
A mother-of-six from Merseyside has been left homeless after her abusive husband burned her house down.
Posted: October 27, 2014, 2:04 pm
Costumes on show at a former prison
Posted: October 27, 2014, 12:44 pm
Top news images from 18-24 October
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:02 am
24 hours of news images: 23 October
Posted: October 23, 2014, 4:36 pm
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps"
Posted: October 23, 2014, 11:11 am
The UK economy is to get a £10bn boost from the inclusion of illegal drugs and prostitution.
Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:57 am
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