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US worker released from Cuba prison

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:15
The US and Cuba strike a deal that involves the release of American Alan Gross after five years in prison, US officials have announced.

MP sends out 40,000 Christmas cards

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:12
A Nottinghamshire MP who won his seat this summer is criticised for sending 40,000 Christmas cards to constituents.

Somalis seize Yemeni fishing boats

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:57
Somaliland seizes more than 51 Yemeni boats and an Egyptian ship for fishing illegally in its waters, a Somaliland official tells the BBC.

VIDEO: Libby Lane: 'I've been blessed'

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:56
The Church of England's first female bishop, Reverend Libby Lane, says she has been "blessed" to be given the role.

Santa fined over 'cone' statue stunt

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:53
A man dressed in a Santa suit is fined for climbing up Glasgow's cone-topped Wellington statue.

VIDEO: Watch keeper save Ronaldo's rabona

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:40
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo attempt a "rabona" in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Mexican side Cruz Azul in the Club World Cup semi-final.

City of Angels returns to London

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:24
Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.

VIDEO: Cameron brands Miliband 'waste of space'

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:23
David Cameron claims he is getting into the Christmas spirit, waving a leaked internal Labour document on immigration

Cameron and Miliband clash over cuts

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:20
Ed Miliband and David Cameron trade blows over the economy in the last Prime Minister's Questions of 2014.

In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:20
Families have begun burying their dead

Jeans made to block wireless signals

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:13
Jeans that block wireless RFID signals, prevent hackers accessing card details, are to go on sale.

Anti-abortion protester sentenced

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:10
An anti-abortion protester convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director is sentenced to 100 hours community service.

Richer at last?

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:03
How significant is today's confirmation that earnings are at last rising faster than inflation?

Cancer bungle 'down to incompetence'

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:00
Inaccuracies in a hospital's cancer waiting times figures were caused by managerial incompetence rather than bullying of staff, investigators find.

Pakistan cricket to donate proceeds

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:55
Pakistan donate all proceeds from Wednesday's one-day match with New Zealand to the victims of the Peshawar school massacre.

Colombia to print Garcia Marquez notes

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:48
The face of the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is to feature on Colombian bank notes, the country's lawmakers decide.

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:25
The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

Police charged over custody death

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:19
A police sergeant and two civilian staff members are charged with manslaughter over the death of a man days after he collapsed in custody.

Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:18
At least 11 people are killed in a shoot-out between rival vigilante groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

Foreign 'overstayers not dealt with'

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:10
The government failed to deal with a backlog of almost 174,000 foreign nationals who should have been removed from the UK, a report has found.