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Masked gang with iron bars hit man

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man is attacked in his County Down home by masked men carrying iron bars.

Scottish Labour leader stands down

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont resigns with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

Man 'raped by priest 65 years ago'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A 72-year-old man says he was raped by a priest in a Bedfordshire boys' home 65 years ago.

Students fined over sexist chants

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A number of students are fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.

Rangers close to Ashley funding deal

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rangers are close to accepting a funding offer from Mike Ashley, ahead of proposals from Brian Kennedy and Dave King.

Man killed in west Belfast shooting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A 28-year-old man who was shot in west Belfast dies in hospital.

VIDEO: Learning how to leap around a city

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The UK's first specialised Parkour, or freerunning, academies have opened to encourage people to learn how to do it in a safe environment.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

England edge Samoa in thriller

Saturday, October 25, 2014

England narrowly hold on for victory against Samoa in a pulsating Four Nations encounter in Brisbane.

McKay murder anniversary appeal

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On the second anniversary of a murder in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, police have renewed an appeal for information.

Plaid's demand for 'true equality'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A series of demands to ensure Wales has "true equality" with Scotland is to be outlined at Plaid Cymru's annual conference.

Benefit claims wait 'unacceptable'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A charity calls for the rollout of a new benefit payment to be halted until a backlog is cleared.

'Edging toward the EU exit?'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How the papers look at the European budget row

New HS2 station proposed for Crewe

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A report into the route of the second phase of the controversial fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station be built in Crewe.

Top 10 tips for being a comedian

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paul Merton advises how to make it as a comedian

BBC radio desk becomes museum piece

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A piece of equipment used by a BBC local radio station is to become part of the Science Museum's permanent collection.

Lost football grounds - part II

Saturday, October 25, 2014

England's lost football grounds - part II

Dog in one-minute crossbow operation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The delicate operation to remove a crossbow bolt from a dog's head "took just one minute", the RSPCA says.

Card firms 'fail' on rights advice

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Many financial providers are failing to properly explain the protection shoppers have when something goes wrong with a credit card purchase, consumer group Which? suggests.

Anger over ancient woods quarry plan

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.

US golf boss sacked in Poulter row

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

Used car buyers 'need more support'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.

Cost of driving licence to be cut

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.

Mourinho made it alone - Van Gaal

Friday, October 24, 2014

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he had little to do with the success Chelsea's Jose Mourinho has had as a manager.

How to reduce your Inheritance Tax

Friday, October 24, 2014

How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

Body of UK-born student identified

Friday, October 24, 2014

Authorities in Virginia identify the remains of a British-born university student who disappeared last month after a night out with friends.

Search for hedgehog 'black holes'

Friday, October 24, 2014

People who have never seen a hedgehog near their home are asked to contribute to a wildlife survey.

VIDEO: Motor racing on Coventry's ring road

Friday, October 24, 2014

Motor sports hit Coventry's ring road in May as the council seizes upon a change in the law to boost the local economy.

VIDEO: Wales 'may be independent in 20 years'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, has predicted Wales will be independent within "a generation".

VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Friday, October 24, 2014

The ban on term-time holidays from school should be scrapped so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach", council leaders have suggested.

Jade coroner calls for dog licences

Friday, October 24, 2014

A coroner criticises dangerous dog laws and calls for dog licences to be reintroduced after 14-year-old Jade Anderson was savaged to death.

Military rents to rise, says minister

Friday, October 24, 2014

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces that "major reforms" to funding for military accommodation will increase rents.

Should love be symbolised by a lock?

Friday, October 24, 2014

The "love locks" on a Parisian bridge are meant to symbolise lovers' undying devotion to each other, but is a padlock an appropriate symbol for love?

Plaid 'could hold balance of power'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Plaid Cymru MPs could help decide who takes power after next year's general election, party leader Leanne Wood tells its conference.

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.

Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Scottish government announces plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas, making the limit lower than in England.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

Friday, October 24, 2014

The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

El Clasico in numbers

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ronaldo's hot streak, Messi's record, 500 million watching and mega assets on the pitch - Real Madrid v Barca has everything.

VIDEO: Crossbow bolt shot dog recovering

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Staffordshire bull terrier shot through the skull with a crossbow bolt is making a "miraculous" recovery following surgery.

Thousands enjoy Diwali celebrations

Friday, October 24, 2014

City lights up as thousands gather for Diwali celebrations

In pictures: Grayson Perry exhibition

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grayson Perry captures the state of the nation

The day UFOs stopped play

Friday, October 24, 2014

In 1954, a football game in Florence was interrupted by UFOs flying over the stadium. The spectacle was witnessed by more than 10,000 people – but what was it?

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: House of Commons

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt responds to an urgent question on the five-year plan for the NHS.

Do people know where their chicken comes from?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Campaigners say chicken meat needs better labelling. How much do people know about the life of a chicken before it reaches their plate?

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Vietnam tycoon arrested for 'fraud'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.

Scottish Labour leader stands down

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont resigns with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

Williams reaches WTA Tour final

Saturday, October 25, 2014

World number one Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to reach the final of the WTA Finals in Singapore.

One killed in US school shooting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One student is shot dead and four wounded in a school by a classmate who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

England edge Samoa in thriller

Saturday, October 25, 2014

England narrowly hold on for victory against Samoa in a pulsating Four Nations encounter in Brisbane.

Iran hangs woman despite campaign

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Iran defies an international campaign and hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

Brazil elections: Last-ditch push in 'Mini-Brazil' state

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Who will prevail in Brazil's battleground state?

Royals edge ahead in World Series

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kansas City Royals beat San Francisco Giants 3-2 in Game Three to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.

New York axe attack 'terrorist act'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert.

US judge sentences Farc commander

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American citizens in 2003.

Two US Ebola nurses free of virus

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two nurses infected with Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas are declared free of the deadly virus, a day after the first infection in New York.

'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The authorities in Mali confirm the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, and say many people were exposed to her.

Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes

Saturday, October 25, 2014

An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s.

Pakistan's bewildering array of militants

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pakistan's here today, gone tomorrow militant factions

VIDEO: Swearing for feminism

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Does a good cause justify little girls using bad language?

State of emergency imposed in Sinai

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Egypt declares a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after two attacks there killed at least 31 soldiers.

Picasso Museum sees grand reopening

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation

India's iconic football club facing closure

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How an iconic Indian football club fell on hard times

US golf boss sacked in Poulter row

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

VIDEO: One dead in US school shooting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One person was killed and four others injured after a student opened fire at a school north of Seattle, in the US state of Washington.

Cost of driving licence to be cut

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.

Google boss sets new skydive record

Friday, October 24, 2014

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.

Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vladimir Putin says for the first time that Russia helped Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he was ousted in February.

Bahrain F1 complaint 'merits probe'

Friday, October 24, 2014

A complaint that human rights regulations were breached when the Formula 1 Grand Prix was staged in Bahrain "merits further examination", a UK government panel says.

Ukraine-Russia 'consensus' over gas

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.

VIDEO: Brazil's 'tightest' presidential vote

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunday's presidential run-off vote in Brazil is too close to call and the election battle has centred on the pivotal home state of both candidates, Minas Gerais.

VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'

Friday, October 24, 2014

New video footage show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case

Friday, October 24, 2014

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.

US to check IS 'chemical weapon' use

Friday, October 24, 2014

The United States will investigate "extremely serious allegations" that militant group Islamic State used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers.

Iran-Pakistan: Will border tensions boil over?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Iran-Pakistan border skirmishes risk spinning out of control

Puffer fish poisons 11 in Brazil

Friday, October 24, 2014

Eleven people fell seriously ill in Brazil after eating a deadly puffer fish for lunch, it was reported.

Suarez gets help for impulse to bite

Friday, October 24, 2014

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he is getting professional help as he seeks to overcome an "impulse" to bite opponents.

Rwanda bans BBC over genocide film

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts in the Kinyarwanda language with immediate effect because of a controversial documentary about the 1994 genocide.

Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.

Alvin Stardust album gets early release

Friday, October 24, 2014

The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.

First transplant of 'dead' heart

Friday, October 24, 2014

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

Friday, October 24, 2014

The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

A selection of the top news photographs from around the world

US network AMC buys into BBC America

Friday, October 24, 2014

US TV network AMC, which aired Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is to take over the running of BBC America after a $200m (£125m) deal with the BBC.

Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'

Friday, October 24, 2014

The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Gold prizes for Dubai commuters

Friday, October 24, 2014

The emirate wants people to get out of their cars to ease traffic congestion.

VIDEO: Fears of IS threat to Ancient Babylon

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are fears that the ancient site of Babylon in present-day Iraq is threatened with destruction by the militant group calling itself Islamic State.

Governor quits over Mexico missing

Friday, October 24, 2014

The governor of Mexico's southern Guerrero state - where 43 students went missing after deadly clashes with police last month - stands down.

VIDEO: Security for polio workers in Pakistan

Friday, October 24, 2014

The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years.

VIDEO: Spirit of revolution simmers in Kiev

Friday, October 24, 2014

Steve Rosenberg visits Kiev to see how the recent violence in Ukraine has had an impact on who is running for parliament.

US returns ancient artefacts to Peru

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The US returns about 20 ancient Peruvian artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - that had been looted from pre-Columbian graves.

VIDEO: Ebola: Scenes of horror in Liberia

Thursday, October 23, 2014

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.

VIDEO: CCTV of Ottawa shooting suspect

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) releases video footage of the suspected gunman arriving at the country's parliament building during Wednesday's shooting incident.

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