Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is now officially on gardening leave.
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.
Former members of the armed forces who are sent to prison will be given more support, the Ministry of Justice says.
About 50 firefighters tackle a major blaze at a Christmas shop in the Murraygate area of Dundee city centre.
Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry.
X Factor winner Ben Haenow wins the race for the Christmas number one single, with his song Something I Need.
The BBC has seen plans to extend ambulance response times for some serious, but non-critical cases in England.
Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.
Martin Skrtel's header seven minutes into stoppage time earns Liverpool a draw against Arsenal in the Premier League.
New devices which allow police to test drivers in England and Wales for drug use using saliva swabs are approved for use by ministers.
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.
Scotland's top law officer has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.
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.
A grieving County Down mother speaks of her distress at her house being burgled, just days after the burial of her daughter.
Fire crews bring a large blaze at a factory on Swansea enterprise zone under control.
Adam Johnson scores in the 90th minute to give Sunderland their fourth successive win over Newcastle in the North East derby.
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man who fell off the Avon Gorge in Bristol.
Andy Goode scores 33 points as Wasps beat London Irish in their first match at their new home, Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
A north London pub opens up its doors and serves free Christmas meals to the homeless and hungry.
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.
The winter solstice is celebrated at the first "Neolithic" long barrow to be built in the UK for 5,500 years.
The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
Wales and Scarlets star Liam Williams apologises for a posting a photo of himself "blacked-up" as Swansea City footballer Wilfried Bony.
A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
The new leader of Scottish Labour says football fans should be allowed to drink alcohol in Scottish stadiums.
A murder investigation is under way after a man found with serious injuries in a street in Glasgow's southside died in hospital.
A number of pedigree sheep have their ears chewed off and their faces bitten in a dog attack.
Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.
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.
In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage.
Twelve people dressed as Father Christmas invade the pitch during a football match between Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth.
Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.
Former Conservative Cabinet minister Ken Clarke talks to the BBC's Andrew Marr about UK membership of the EU.
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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.
The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99.
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Presenter Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev are crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 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.
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.
A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.
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.
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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.
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
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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.
Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi's camp claims victory in Tunisia's presidential election, but his rival says its too early to call.
Two New York City police officers are shot dead in their patrol car by a lone gunman in what appears to be an ambush.
Pakistan hangs four convicts in the second set of executions since the death penalty was reinstated after the deadly Peshawar school massacre.
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.
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.
Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.
The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.
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.
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Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.
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.
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.
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.
A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.
Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
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Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.
Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.
Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
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's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
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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 an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
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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.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
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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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