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Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.
UK mortgage lending in November returned to the level seen a year earlier, lenders say, offering more evidence of a post-summer slowdown.
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.
New post-mortem tests claims Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating rather than being hit by a projectile thrown by fans.
Dozens of "ice pancakes" the size of dinner plates are found floating on a stretch of the River Dee in Scotland.
Stephen Bunting hopes to become the first player to hold both versions of the world darts title at the same time.
David Cameron promised to give local government more power, but local councils continue to shrink, relative to central government.
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.
Obesity can be constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
Switzerland's National Bank has brought in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.
A taxi driver is fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.
Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.
About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.
Defying teachers, riding on Christmas Day and learning to bluff - Sir Bradley Wiggins on the psychology of his rise to the top.
An 81-year-old man who is charged with murdering his wife has gone missing, Cumbria Police say.
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.
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