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Q&A: What is the Al-Sweady inquiry?

Tue, 2014-12-16 17:15
A public inquiry has been investigating allegations that UK soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. Here is a guide to why it was established and what was investigated.

'Gang murder law' review call by MPs

Tue, 2014-12-16 17:10
A law which allows several people to be prosecuted for murder even though they may have played different roles needs to be reviewed urgently, MPs say.

Clashes in fresh Haiti protest

Tue, 2014-12-16 17:07
Hundreds of Haitians take part in a march demanding the resignation of President Martelly two days after Prime Minister Lamothe stepped down.

Picture power: A scar on the landscape

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:56
Photographer Nacho Doce's picture of Brazil's Atibainha dam, as parts of the country ensure the worst drought in 80 years.

The persistent appeal of grammar schools

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:54
Why is the appeal of grammar schools so persistent?

Food giant offered 'unreasonable' deal

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:29
A major UK food manufacturer is setting "beyond unreasonable" terms in proposed contract agreements, one of its suppliers tells the BBC.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:22
Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

Church moves closer to gay ministers

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:12
The Church of Scotland moves a step closer to allowing congregations to appoint gay ministers.

Council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:10
Scots have the highest level of council tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK, according to a new report.

Russians fear return to 1998 crisis

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:05
Can Russia avoid economic disaster as rouble plunges?

Greek vote could spark political turmoil

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:05
Greek MPs will vote on a new president on Wednesday but defeat for the government could spark jitters on the markets and a return to political turmoil.

Erdogan battles 'parallel state' in Turkey

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:02
A media clampdown has followed allegations of corruption in a turbulent Turkey as criticism of the Erdogan regime mounts, says Mark Lowen.

Mental health support for mothers

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:00
Women with or at risk of mental health problems should receive extra support at all stages of pregnancy and beyond, updated NHS guidelines say.

Ministers criticised over train deals

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:42
A committee of MPs criticises the government after saying taxpayers have been left "bearing all the risk" from purchases of new trains worth £10.5bn.

'Slaughter of the innocents' - the papers

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:41
The Taliban attack that killed at least 132 children in the Pakistani city of Peshawar is recorded with powerful images and emotive language in the press.

I may be the last, says Dalai Lama

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:40
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC he realises that he may be the last to hold the title.

The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:39
How every-day life continues despite a civil war

E-cigarettes 'can help smokers quit'

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:13
E-cigarettes can help smokers stop or reduce their habit, a Cochrane review has found.

Bill Cosby will not face LA charges

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:12
Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.

Fat 'breathed out' of body via lungs

Tue, 2014-12-16 15:08
Fat can be breathed out as well as burned off as you lose weight, biochemists who have studied metabolism at a microscopic level say.