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McCoist leaves Rangers manager post

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is now officially on gardening leave.

Elton John and David Furnish marry

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.

VIDEO: More support for ex-forces prisoners

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former members of the armed forces who are sent to prison will be given more support, the Ministry of Justice says.

Fire at city Christmas shop tackled

Sunday, December 21, 2014

About 50 firefighters tackle a major blaze at a Christmas shop in the Murraygate area of Dundee city centre.

North Sea oil summit announced

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry.

Ben Haenow nabs Christmas number one

Sunday, December 21, 2014

X Factor winner Ben Haenow wins the race for the Christmas number one single, with his song Something I Need.

VIDEO: Ambulance targets plan leaked

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The BBC has seen plans to extend ambulance response times for some serious, but non-critical cases in England.

Photographer Jane Bown dies aged 89

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Martin Skrtel's header seven minutes into stoppage time earns Liverpool a draw against Arsenal in the Premier League.

Drug-driving saliva tests approved

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New devices which allow police to test drivers in England and Wales for drug use using saliva swabs are approved for use by ministers.

Villiers' rallying call on NI talks

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.

FBI talks over Lockerbie bombing

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scotland's top law officer has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

May targets student visa 'abuse'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

Grieving mum's distress at burglary

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A grieving County Down mother speaks of her distress at her house being burgled, just days after the burial of her daughter.

Crews bring major fire under control

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fire crews bring a large blaze at a factory on Swansea enterprise zone under control.

Newcastle United 0-1 Sunderland

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Adam Johnson scores in the 90th minute to give Sunderland their fourth successive win over Newcastle in the North East derby.

Murder probe after gorge fall death

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man who fell off the Avon Gorge in Bristol.

Wasps 48-16 London Irish

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Andy Goode scores 33 points as Wasps beat London Irish in their first match at their new home, Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

Pub opens to homeless for free meal

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A north London pub opens up its doors and serves free Christmas meals to the homeless and hungry.

Strictly final draws 11.5m viewers

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A total of 11.5 million people watch as TV presenter Caroline Flack wins this year's series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Solstice marked at 'new' long barrow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The winter solstice is celebrated at the first "Neolithic" long barrow to be built in the UK for 5,500 years.

May 'could disband child abuse panel'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

'Blacked-up' fancy dress star sorry

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wales and Scarlets star Liam Williams apologises for a posting a photo of himself "blacked-up" as Swansea City footballer Wilfried Bony.

Second arrest over off-duty PC death

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.

Murphy backs alcohol at football

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The new leader of Scottish Labour says football fans should be allowed to drink alcohol in Scottish stadiums.

Murder probe after death of man

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A murder investigation is under way after a man found with serious injuries in a street in Glasgow's southside died in hospital.

Sheep ears bitten off in dog attack

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A number of pedigree sheep have their ears chewed off and their faces bitten in a dog attack.

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

Urgent inquiry into Clydach murders

Sunday, December 21, 2014

An urgent inquiry into the murders of Mandy Power, her daughters, and mother is launched after new evidence is uncovered by the lawyers of convicted killer David Morris.

VIDEO: What is the winter solstice?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.

AUDIO: Welby's frustration over gay marriage

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage.

Father Christmases invade pitch

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Twelve people dressed as Father Christmas invade the pitch during a football match between Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth.

Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.

VIDEO: Clarke: Stop this 'silly' EU debate

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former Conservative Cabinet minister Ken Clarke talks to the BBC's Andrew Marr about UK membership of the EU.

How German Christmas markets came to the UK

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How German markets captured the UK's imagination

The art of the 'Sturgeon selfie'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The art of the 'Nicola Sturgeon selfie'

Slower ambulance fears, and roadside drug tests

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Slower ambulance fears, and roadside drug tests

The family with 34 children - and counting

Sunday, December 21, 2014

There are 34 children in the Briggs family - 29 of those have been adopted from all over the world and the family is about to get even bigger.

Journalist John Freeman dies at 99

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99.

Why do mornings get darker after 21 December?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Why mornings will keep getting darker after 21 December

Tube's lost property treasure trove

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The strange things passengers leave on the Tube

VIDEO: Strictly 2014 winner is crowned

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Presenter Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev are crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

VIDEO: Gay Asian support group created

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A support group is set up in memory of Dr Naz Mahmood - an Asian doctor who took his own life days after telling his family he was gay.

VIDEO: Hereford United fans plan new club

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hereford United fans plan to form a new club after it was wound up at the High Court in London for failing to pay off its debts.

Migration system 'in intensive care'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.

Plan to help over-50s get jobs

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work.

The Christmas turkey naysayers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It's the centrepiece of the traditional festive dinner. So how do people who don't like turkey cope at Christmas?

How do we know real art when we see it?

Friday, December 19, 2014

In the last of three pieces on art, writer and philosopher Roger Scruton tries to define the elements which make a great work of art.

VIDEO: Transport Committee

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker

Friday, December 12, 2014

How is your local A&E coping with winter pressures?

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McCoist leaves Rangers manager post

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is now officially on gardening leave.

Elton John and David Furnish marry

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.

VIDEO: Barzani praises forces on Sinjar

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani praises Peshmerga fighters on a visit to Mount Sinjar, claiming a "large area" of Sinjar has been retaken from Islamic State militants.

Tunisia rivals in poll dispute

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi's camp claims victory in Tunisia's presidential election, but his rival says its too early to call.

North Sea oil summit announced

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry.

VIDEO: Two NY police officers shot dead

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two New York City police officers are shot dead in their patrol car by a lone gunman in what appears to be an ambush.

Photographer Jane Bown dies aged 89

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Martin Skrtel's header seven minutes into stoppage time earns Liverpool a draw against Arsenal in the Premier League.

FBI talks over Lockerbie bombing

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scotland's top law officer has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

Pakistan carries out more executions

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pakistan hangs four convicts in the second set of executions since the death penalty was reinstated after the deadly Peshawar school massacre.

Obama condemns killings of NY police

Sunday, December 21, 2014

President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.

Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.

Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

US mulls putting NK on terror list

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Pietersen exclusion is 'ludicrous'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.

VIDEO: Tunisia voters proud to cast ballots

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.

Tough at the top: 2014's troubled bosses

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Big company bosses who had a difficult 2014

VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

VIDEO: Castro delivers defiant speech

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.

VIDEO: Pakistan 'in mourning and on edge'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.

VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.

VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.

Mother charged with Cairns murders

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.

Muhammad Ali ill with pneumonia

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

Voices of grief and determination

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre

What Cuba's new friendship with the US means for everyday life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life

VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.

Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Life in one of the world's most repressive states

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.

Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.

Ferguson bows out of US talk show

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.

Four militants killed in Saudi raid

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Russians 'will not cave in' to West

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Cairns children's mother arrested

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Colombia Farc truce follows killings

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.

Teaching winter to new US refugees

Saturday, December 20, 2014

How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice

Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine

Michael Phelps admits drink-driving

Friday, December 19, 2014

US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

Friday, December 19, 2014

Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

Friday, December 19, 2014

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

The best news photos from around the world

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

Friday, December 19, 2014

The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

Kenya leader signs tough security law

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Friday, December 19, 2014

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs

Friday, December 19, 2014

BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.

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