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The US House of Representatives has passed a $1.1tn budget hours before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday.
Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann are expected to conclude their questioning of witnesses later.
Asian markets traded mostly higher, following gains on Wall Street after US government data showed strength in the world's largest economy.
The government's electronic monitoring agency GCHQ hopes to target future cyber sleuths as it launches its first mobile phone app.
Police in Brazil have arrested a man who confessed to killing 42 people over the past decade in Rio de Janeiro, as Ben Bland reports.
Stars give their verdicts on first ever BBC Music Awards
Pop star Ed Sheeran bucks the trend for criticising Spotify, saying his popularity on the site has allowed him to play three nights at Wembley Stadium.
Could the new defence secretary help to transform the global public image of the Obama administration, asks John Simpson?
Why it's so rare to hear an apology for torture
How could yoga fix climate change?
The surge in popularity that led to women's football being banned
The BBC's Tom Burridge met one young Kenyan who says he was recruited by al-Shabab when he was 18.
Why did someone say nasty things about Angelina Jolie?
Why a Greek tiger is living a new life in the US
The UK government confirms it is beginning the formal process to allow the Scottish government to issue bonds.
High street promotions on Black Friday help increase the number of shoppers on Scotland's high streets for the fifth month in a row.
Restaurants and takeaways in the UK will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.
People with memory problems who have a university education could be at greater risk of a stroke, suggests research from the Netherlands.
Carbon emissions cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry.
Hospitals across the UK are facing mounting pressures as winter hits, health leaders are warning, as demand rises due to seasonal illnesses.