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Talks to resume amid little progress

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:54
Cross-party talks are due to resume at Stormont on Thursday, with few signs of the parties resolving their differences over budget and welfare reform.

India launches its heaviest rocket

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:41
India successfully launches its largest rocket yet and an unmanned capsule capable of sending astronauts into space.

Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:29
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says new report.

Palestinian peace plan put before UN

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:15
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.

Sydney academic resigns over emails

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 19:41
An Australian professor and government education advisor, Barry Spurr, resigns from the University of Sydney for sending racist emails.

Mumps outbreak hits US hockey teams

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 19:18
An outbreak of the highly contagious disease mumps has swept through teams in the US National Hockey League, with at least five affected.

VIDEO: Sony 'forced' to bow to film hackers

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 19:01
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

Avon fined $135m for China bribes

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 18:39
Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.

Councils braced for funding cuts

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:58
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.

VIDEO: Reactions to thaw in Cuba-US ties

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:46
The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.

Ill teenagers not to be held in cells

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:18
Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety", Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce later.

London overtaking Oxbridge domination

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:13
A major analysis of research quality suggests that London universities could soon "eclipse" Oxford and Cambridge.

Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:12
Cuban President Raul Castro urges the US to end its trade embargo after the two countries opened formal talks on restoring diplomatic relations.

S.C. Judge Says Boy, 14, Shouldn't Have Been Executed

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:11

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr."

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Gunman's partner has bail questioned

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 16:35
The decision to grant bail to the partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis should be reviewed, says the New South Wales government.

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 16:25
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

Crime agency begins abuse inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 16:11
The National Crime Agency (NCA) begins an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 16:09
As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.

Picture power: Under the dress

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 15:55
Benoit Tessier captures a moment that left actress America Ferrera red-faced.

Headline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 15:55
The negligible effects of George Osborne's negotiations on the extra payment to the EU.

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