A couple say a local authority set out to adopt their grandson despite the fact they wanted to care for him and his elder brother.
Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC learns.
Crowd surge fears at four supermarkets in London spark calls to police as shoppers hunt for bargains on the peak shopping day imported from America.
Australia is "weeping" at the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, says former opening batsman Michael Slater - as the country mourns.
Plans that require schools to help prevent pupils becoming radicalised place too much of a burden on education regulator Ofsted, the chief Church of England education officer says.
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Two young patients who have spent time in Africa are tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola after displaying viral symptoms.
David Cameron is preparing to deliver a speech outlining his plans to reduce immigration from the EU - after figures revealed net migration had risen above 2010 levels.
Francis Crawford of Lymond has topped a poll of favourite Scottish book characters carried out as part of Book Week Scotland.
Canicross is a kind of cross-country running with dogs. Runners attach themselves via a harness and bungee-cord to their canine friends - and then race.
The BBC has been allowed inside London's Olympic Stadium to film the construction of the arena's new roof.
A continuing teacher recruitment shortage may prompt schools to look abroad for new teachers, experts say.
A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.
Too few toddlers and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.
New angles on familiar subjects dominate front pages
Brazil legend Pele says he is "doing fine" following treatment for a urinary infection at a Sao Paulo hospital.
Tottenham reach the Europa League knockout stage by beating Partizan Belgrade in a game interrupted by pitch intruders.
A man is recovering in hospital after he was injured in what police have described as a paramilitary style shooting in west Belfast.
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Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is arrested after arriving in the UK from Mexico where he had been detained.
Thirteen men have been convicted of child sex crimes, involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls in Bristol.
A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple whose bodies were found at their village home.
A man who stabbed his father to death and put his dismembered body into storage boxes, which he used as a TV stand, is convicted of murder.
A judge says he is satisfied former chief whip Andrew Mitchell called police officers "plebs" as he rules against the MP in a High Court libel action.
A man who ran children's homes in north Wales is found guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.
Rail and bus fare increases above the 3% rate of inflation "cannot be ruled out" as a result of proposed budget cuts at the Department for Regional Development (DRD).
Labour MP John Cruddas - the party's policy coordinator - says the British state is "no longer fit for purpose" and is in need of radical reform.
A man who ran a series of children's homes in north Wales is guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in his care in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney denies "favouriting" a pornographic image on Twitter, blaming the site's lack of security.
The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.
Mobile devices using biometric data should be better designed to protect security and privacy, according to the former head of GCHQ, Sir John Adye.
Peter Kay is bringing back his hit TV show Phoenix Nights for two live shows in aid of Comic Relief.
The story of one victim of paedophile care home boss
A terminally ill mother-of-two who said she would have been cured of her cancer had she been diagnosed earlier settles her case.
David Cameron faces criticism from his rival party leaders as new figures show net migration has gone up since the 2010 election.
Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.
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A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.
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It has been almost a year since restrictions were lifted on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, leaving them free to come and work in the UK.
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died after being hit on the head by a cricket ball. Can helmets ever offer total protection?
Boxing Day sales come early to the UK?
Extreme marathon runner Mauro Prosperi spent 10 days alone in the Sahara desert after getting lost in a sandstorm. He only just survived.
Interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan are being hunted down by the Taliban. Thousands have fled to the US - but others have been blacklisted.
A magazine which allows drug users to make money to fund their habit has gone on sale in east London.
MPs take evidence on flood risk management.
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A huge clean-up is under way in Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland causing damage worth $A100m (£54m).
Namibians are voting to elect the country's new president and parliament - in what is the first electronic national election in Africa.
A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.
Pope Francis is set to visit Turkey for what is being billed as a historic trip to help interfaith dialogue in the country.
French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.
Friday's Asian markets have a slew of Japanese economic data to digest - and it paints a mixed picture of the world's third largest economy.
Crude oil prices slump in reaction to the decision by the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.
A New Zealand man serving a life sentence for child molestation and murder who escaped to Brazil has been deported to his home country.
Plan for new 'Islamic' cash fuels panic in IS-run Mosul
Bowler Sean Abbott is 'holding up well' after batsman Phillip Hughes's death, despite fears he may not play cricket again.
Saving Kenya's children born of incest from a death sentence
A mother's decision to leave Whatsapp chat group goes viral
Workers kill the owner of a tea plantation in north-eastern India in a dispute over pay.
How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases
Thailand has been ruled by the military since the coup and the country may not return to democracy for another 18 months.
The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised a programme of radical reform during an address at the opening session of the country's new parliament.
Online Islamists call for Cairo street protests despite ban
Mexico's president announces plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.
Italy suspends the use of two batches of an anti-flu vaccine made by Swiss firm Novartis amid reports three deaths may be linked to the drug.
Celtic qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League despite falling to defeat at home to Salzburg.
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At least 25 people are killed in an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, close to the Cameroonian border, reports say.
WHO spokeswoman Dr Margaret Harris had a shot of the experimental Ebola vaccine last week and tells the BBC about her experience.
A South African ventriloquist appears in court with his dummy to successfully challenge a gagging order.
A powerful storm cut power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Brisbane, Australia, bringing "golf ball-sized" hailstones with it.
The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.
Put your questions to the BBC's Jon Donnison in Sydney
A suicide bomber strikes a UK embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, with a British worker and an Afghan staff member among those killed.
A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.
Best-selling novelist PD James, who created crime-fighting sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, dies at the age of 94.
Germany's unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.6%, but falling inflation has raised eurozone deflation fears.
Shock Treatment, the sequel to cult hit Rocky Horror Picture Show, is to be adapted for the stage in London.
Greek authorities have rescued over 700 migrants from a cargo ship which lost engine power in gale-force winds.
A fast-food restaurant in the capital Tripoli is bombed overnight after a video showing a worker defiling food in its kitchen.
Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.
Two Indian teenagers found hanged in May took their own lives, investigators say, contradicting reports they were gang-raped and murdered.
US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved.
After two days of unrest, the streets of Ferguson in Missouri were mostly quiet on Wednesday night, as Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.
Video footage of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old in Cleveland shows he was shot within two seconds of the police arriving.
Brazil says deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year, but campaigners dispute the figures.
Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.
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