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Shares in the airline Aer Lingus jump after a report in the Financial Times says that British Airways-owner IAG is considering a takeover offer.
Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says.
Has the real war on terror finally started in Pakistan?
The British and German army football teams have played a match to commemorate 100 years since the World War One Christmas truce.
Dozens of Egyptian Islamists accused of torching churches and police stations after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi are jailed for up to 15 years.
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.
Images from around the world: 18 December
The law on domestic violence in England and Wales is being changed to include "coercive and controlling behaviour".
Recent falls in the price of oil are likely to be temporary, says the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, Opec's biggest producing nation.
As Sony counts the cost of a devastating breach, the question is now who is responsible?
A Lincolnshire RAF pilot has been crowned Britain's Manliest Man ahead of 40 other finalists.
Switzerland's National Bank is to impose a negative interest rate of minus 0.25% on large deposits - but what are negative rates, and why do banks bring them in?
Four people who applied for bogus mortgages worth £5m are given jail sentences.
A man is found guilty of causing the death of a man during a sex game involving cling film at a flat in Dover.
Two more people will join an inquiry into the murder of a Welsh private investigator killed almost 30 years ago, the Home Secretary announces.
A requirement for Microsoft to offer new Windows users in Europe a choice of web browsers has ended after five years
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says last week's intervention in the Stormont talks by the British and Irish Prime Ministers was not "a serious effort".
Footage shows Kenyan MPs trading blows amid a chaotic parliamentary session called to push through a tough new security bill.
A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.
India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.