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MP pledges 'stinky' veg solution

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:04:24 GMT

MP Andrew Bridgen says action is being taken to stop the "stinky" odour caused by his family's vegetable processing business.

Pensioners could get death estimate

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:03:53 GMT

Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:27 GMT

The BBC obtains a letter sent by Cardiff City that says their defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.

Co-op Group confirms £2.5bn losses

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:12 GMT

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst results in the group's 150-year history.

Royals visit bushfire-ravaged town

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:31:09 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet families whose homes were destroyed by bushfires that ravaged parts of Australia last year, as they tour the country.

Earthquake shakes East Midlands

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:18:25 GMT

An 3.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the East Midlands is being investigated by geological experts.

VIDEO: Getting boys back into books

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:15:37 GMT

Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, wants to get boys back into books.

Catholic Church refuses poll request

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:52:14 GMT

The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales turns down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.

Reprieve for 18 NI care homes

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:42:02 GMT

All 18 NHS care homes in Northern Ireland that were earmarked for closure are to remain open while residents want to stay in them.

'Ammunition find' after arson attack

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:19:23 GMT

Police find what they believe to be ammunition after the emergency services were called to the scene of an arson attack in north Belfast.

Investigation begins into power cut

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:58:39 GMT

A power cut which blacked out most of northern Scotland may have started with a fault on a line between Moray and Inverness.

VIDEO: Could maggots revolutionise farming?

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:58:21 GMT

They are among the most reviled creatures on the Earth, but could maggots help British agriculture save millions of pounds and meet green targets?

VIDEO: Lamb dishes 'often another meat'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:38:25 GMT

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

VIDEO: William and Kate visit Blue Mountains

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:20:47 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited an area of the Blue Mountains n Australia devastated by bush-fires six months ago.

£30m parking charges under fire

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:05:58 GMT

Local councils are urged to be open about whether they are using parking charges to raise income or to manage traffic.

NI buildings win architecture awards

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:53:29 GMT

Four Northern Ireland buildings win awards for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Rural centre 'flawed from outset'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:49:24 GMT

A failed rural heritage centre which cost the public purse more than £3.4m when it collapsed should have been more closely monitored, a government auditor says.

Singing priest shocked at success

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:42:58 GMT

Singing priest surprised at hallelujah success

Irish 'Little Britain' sale agreed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:40:39 GMT

One of the last British Legion halls in the Republic of Ireland has been agreed for sale, despite a public campaign to turn it into a World War One memorial.

Cancer hopes and ferry disaster - papers

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:30:22 GMT

Images of a ship sinking off South Korea appear on front pages

US case against Abu Hamza to start

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:33:15 GMT

Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.

Storm-hit rail line payout revealed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:31:47 GMT

Compensation of up to £16m will be paid to train and freight operators following the destruction of the main railway line at Dawlish in the south-west of England.

Cathedral hosts Royal Maundy service

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:19:59 GMT

The Queen will bring the Easter tradition of handing out Maundy money to Blackburn Cathedral later.

Jockey Club makes record profits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:58:45 GMT

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

Busy roads warning ahead of Easter

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:50:11 GMT

Motorists are braced for what is set to be the busiest day of the year on the roads so far, with up to 16m cars expected to be used over Easter.

Spy leaks 'criminally irresponsible'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:44:34 GMT

Ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden risked the lives of secret agents by leaking documents containing their names, Conservative MP Liam Fox says.

'No evidence' in Tower Hamlets probe

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:39:14 GMT

There is "no new credible evidence of criminality" in files covering an east London borough, to suspect fraud, the Met Police says.

Don't axe 2021 census, MPs advise

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:28:57 GMT

It is "too soon" to decide whether to scrap the national census, and the 2021 survey should go ahead, MPs advise.

10,000 new drivers 'lost licences'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:53:07 GMT

About 10,000 new drivers had their licences revoked after receiving six or more penalty points in 2012, Newsbeat finds through a Freedom of Information request.

Hospital infections 'still too high'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:56:21 GMT

Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says.

How MPs play the Exchequer namechecker

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:40 GMT

How MPs get saluted by the chancellor in the Budget

The return of rock: Four bands to watch

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:04:15 GMT

Four guitar bands to look out for in 2014

Troubleshooter tackles textile trade

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:31:46 GMT

Could Digby Jones help a Borders textiles company?

Families' mementoes from World War One

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:29:23 GMT

Families' mementoes from World War One

Funeral due for wall collapse pupil

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:22:14 GMT

The funeral of a 12-year-old girl who died after a wall fell on her at an Edinburgh school is to be held later.

Economy back to pre-recession level

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:17:43 GMT

Scotland's economic performance has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:04:44 GMT

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

A return to Londonistan?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:04:44 GMT

Frank Gardner on whether London still appeals to Arab dissidents

VIDEO: Nicky Jacobs: Full BBC interview

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:03:44 GMT

Nicky Jacobs - the man cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock during riots in London in 1985 - talks to BBC Newsnight.

Bale winner sees Real lift Copa del Rey

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:51:30 GMT

Gareth Bale scores a brilliant late goal as Real Madrid defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final in Valencia.

VIDEO: UB40 gig 'made fan's ears bleed'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:54:09 GMT

UB40 has denied causing a fan's ears to bleed at a gig in Cambridge on Monday.

Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:20 GMT

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes are dealt a blow after they are held to a draw by bottom side Sunderland.

VIDEO: Two killed in M26 five-vehicle crash

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:17:34 GMT

A major motorway has been closed, after a crash involving a car and two lorries resulted in "multiple casualties".

Ebdon misses out on Crucible spot

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:06:58 GMT

Peter Ebdon fails to qualify for the World Championship for the first time since turning professional.

Veteran MP Mitchell to step down

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:42:12 GMT

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell says he will step down at the next general election.

VIDEO: CCTV reveals dog as hunted car vandal

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:57:34 GMT

A vandal responsible for puncturing more than two dozen vehicle tyres in a quiet Cumbrian village has been unmasked as a dog.

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.

Police probe Ed Balls car prang

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:48:23 GMT

Senior Labour politician Ed Balls is being investigated by police after his car hit a parked vehicle.

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:10:37 GMT

Somali children living in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya have sent letters of encouragement to Syrian refugee children who have also had to flee their homeland.

Could offices change from sitting to standing?

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12:25 GMT

A number of studies have suggested that constantly sitting at work is bad for you. So could workplaces be rejigged around standing up, asks would-be stander Chris Bowlby.

VIDEO: House of Commons

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT

The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

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Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:12:43 GMT

The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.

Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:27 GMT

The BBC obtains a letter sent by Cardiff City that says their defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.

Bryan Singer sex abuse claim 'absurd'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:57:40 GMT

Claims that X-Men director Bryan Singer sexually abused a teenager in 1999 are dismissed as "completely without merit" by the film-maker's lawyer.

Weather blights S Korea ferry search

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:56:19 GMT

Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors of a stricken South Korean ferry, which had hundreds on board.

Co-op Group confirms £2.5bn losses

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:12 GMT

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst results in the group's 150-year history.

Pistorius forensic tests challenged

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:45:41 GMT

The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are being rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.

Rock band AC/DC are 'not retiring'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:43:27 GMT

AC/DC confirm they will continue making music, following news guitarist and founder member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:42:32 GMT

Polls open in Algeria where 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term in office.

Deadly clashes at Ukraine port base

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:34:05 GMT

Three people are killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine, the country's interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine hold crisis talks in Geneva.

Mulberry warns of lower profits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:52:00 GMT

Luxury goods retailer Mulberry issues its second profit warning since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new "more affordable" products.

Welcome (back) to Beijing

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:49:51 GMT

The BBC's new China editor on what's changed since she last lived there

India votes on biggest polling day

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:37:02 GMT

Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.

Charles Xue gets bail after illness

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:36:51 GMT

One of China's most influential bloggers, Charles Xue, is granted bail after months of detention because of a "serious illness", officials say.

China sales fall hits Remy Cointreau

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:13:19 GMT

French spirits firm Remy Cointreau says operating profits will fall by up to 40% after a crackdown by China on extravagant spending hits sales.

Google shares fall on ad concerns

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:01:25 GMT

Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:56:51 GMT

Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants.

Frozen US number one for 10th week

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:52:11 GMT

The album from Disney's animated film becomes one of only 11 albums to have topped the US chart for 10 weeks or longer.

VIDEO: Confidence returns to Kashmir

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:13:37 GMT

As Indians vote in the biggest day of the general election, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge reports from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

US case against Abu Hamza to start

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:33:15 GMT

Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.

Mini-sub performs full MH370 search

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:36:23 GMT

A mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short.

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 GMT

China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

VIDEO: India votes on biggest polling day

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:41:07 GMT

Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.

Argentina girl kept years in garage

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:18:53 GMT

Police in Argentina say they have rescued a teenage girl who had been starved, beaten and kept in a garage for nine years by her foster parents.

Hospital infections 'still too high'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:56:21 GMT

Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says.

Should drug firms make payments to doctors?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:46:27 GMT

Does it matter that drug firms give doctors money and gifts?

VIDEO: Eaten by cannibals in New Guinea?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:41:12 GMT

Solving the mystery of Michael Rockefeller

Could you get elected in India?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:20:30 GMT

Take our quiz to assess your election hopes in India

Fire ice: The energy of the future?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Indian bike messenger firm takes off

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:32 GMT

How easy is it for Indian start-up firms to get their wheels turning?

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:00:27 GMT

A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.

Bale winner sees Real lift Copa del Rey

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:51:30 GMT

Gareth Bale scores a brilliant late goal as Real Madrid defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final in Valencia.

VIDEO: How Mustang got an Empire view

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:50:50 GMT

A 2015 Ford Mustang convertible had to be cut into six pieces so it could go on display at the top of the Empire State Building.

In pictures: Peru jail puts on musical

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:14:07 GMT

Peru prisoners mark Holy Week with Lloyd Webber musical

VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:06:38 GMT

Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

VIDEO: Hundreds missing as S Korea ferry sinks

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:46:11 GMT

A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off the coast of South Korea.

Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:20 GMT

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes are dealt a blow after they are held to a draw by bottom side Sunderland.

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:43 GMT

A 19-year-old Canadian is charged with hacking the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest over the Heartbleed security breach.

VIDEO: NYPD shuts down Muslim 'spying' unit

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:56 GMT

A secret New York Police Department programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats has been disbanded.

Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:31:01 GMT

Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

North Dakota abortion ban overturned

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:50:47 GMT

A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.

Iran execution stopped at last minute

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:07:16 GMT

The public hanging stopped at the last minute

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:28:03 GMT

The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.

Mid-East peace talks meeting delayed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:11:21 GMT

A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.

'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:21 GMT

Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.

Pakistan Taliban end ceasefire

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:02:44 GMT

The Pakistani Taliban say they will not extend a ceasefire with the government announced last month, but will remain committed to peace talks.

Bloomberg in $50m push for gun laws

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:39:26 GMT

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces a $50m (£30m) election year push for stricter gun laws across the US.

EU Sentinel returns first images

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:23:05 GMT

The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

VIDEO: Royal joke on baby prince's first word

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:13:26 GMT

The Duke of Cambridge has described Australia as a "beacon of confidence" as he and his family began the next leg of their Antipodean tour.

Mexico 'cartel city' mayor arrested

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:29:40 GMT

The mayor of a city known as a stronghold of Mexico's Knights Templar drug cartel is arrested on suspicion of extorting money on the cartel's behalf.

AUDIO: 'Walter White got me a prom date'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:17:07 GMT

Breaking Bad fan Stefan Montana explains how he got the show's star, Bryan Cranston, to help him secure a prom date.

Remittance fees 'hurt Africans'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:02:01 GMT

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.

Venezuela rejects protest amnesty

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:59 GMT

The Venezuelan government says it will not grant jailed opposition leaders an amnesty at talks aimed at ending anti-government protests.

Saudi intelligence chief removed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:17 GMT

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post "at his own request", state media report.