Switzerland's National Bank has brought in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.
A taxi driver is fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.
Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.
Defying teachers, riding on Christmas Day and learning to bluff - Sir Bradley Wiggins on the psychology of his rise to the top.
An 81-year-old man who is charged with murdering his wife has gone missing, Cumbria Police say.
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.
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Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.
An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.
Hollywood stars react to Sony's decision to cancel The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
A Victorian public urinal is listed by English Heritage for its "special historical interest".
Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.
An inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being hit by a school minibus is set to be opened on Thursday.
Nearly a third of the research by Welsh universities is of "world-leading" quality, says the body which compares work by every university in the UK.