National / International News

Talks 'failed to save IS hostage'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 23:21
Details emerge of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.

Instant translation – no longer sci-fi

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 23:20
Automated translation is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fiction, since Skype launched a beta version of its Translator service.

Price agreed for emergency power

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 23:07
Power generation firms are to receive close to £1bn to ensure their plants stay open and prevent the lights going out in the coming years.

Two arrests after park stabbing

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 23:06
Two people are arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in hospital following a stabbing in an Essex park.

'Trojan Horse' schools make progress

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 23:03
Progress is seen at two Birmingham schools placed in special measures after the so-called "Trojan Horse" affair, Ofsted says.

VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:29
It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

VIDEO: Advent calendar: Catch it like Beckham

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:26
Day 19 of the BBC Sport Calendar looks back at Odell Beckham Jr's stunning one-handed catch for a touchdown for the New York Giants in the NFL.

Llambias named Ibrox chief executive

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:23
Rangers announce the appointment of existing board member Derek Llambias as their new chief executive.

Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:22
A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

999 crews on alert for 'mad' Friday

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:17
Emergency crews across Wales expect one of the busiest nights of the year as many revellers overindulge on the final Friday before Christmas.

Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:09
A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead.

Risk of abuse 'must be reported'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:42
Suspected risk of abuse or neglect of children or adults must reported by police, health workers and other officials from 2016.

Vettel affected by Ricciardo pace

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:29
Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull partly because of the pace of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, says team boss Christian Horner.

VIDEO: Men fall victim to online 'sextortion'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:25
Hundreds of thousands of men around the world are falling victim every year to a pernicious form of online crime.

House prices 'could rise 4% in 2015'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:23
Northern Ireland house prices could increase by 4% next year, according to a forecast by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Ancient site found near Stonehenge

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:17
Archaeologists working on a site near Stonehenge say they have found an untouched 6,000-year-old encampment.

Student cuts in budget 'nonsensical'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:14
A Northern Ireland Executive budget that would reduce student numbers is "nonsensical", according to leading business organisation, the CBI.

Minister in maternity leave first

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:13
Scotland's children's minister becomes the first member of the Holyrood government to take maternity leave.

Witnesses 'to pre-record statements'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:13
Victims and witnesses could pre-record video statements rather than giving evidence in court under new proposals being considered.

S Korea Christians scrap border tree

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 20:54
A South Korean Christian group cancels plans to put up a Christmas-tree shaped tower close to the border with the North, citing "jitters".