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The BBC's Sarah Rainsford meets a couple - Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova - who have defied prejudice to marry in Russia, where same-sex marriage is still not permitted.
Derby County manager Steve McClaren calls on the Football Association to take retrospective action against divers.
Thousands of government supporters march in Venezuela to protest against sanctions approved by the US Congress last week.
The hostage-taking that shocked Australia is the lead story in most of the day's papers, with powerful images of people fleeing the scene on front pages.
The tennis star Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in New York.
The government is trying to boost culture as part of its plans for a "northern powerhouse". With great music, drama and art, does the north of England need it?
Could super-councils be the next stage in the devolution of power from Whitehall, asks Prof Tony Travers?
Joan Bakewell on her friend Prunella Scales and the battle against dementia
The Russian central bank announces a huge rise in its key interest rate - to 17% from 10.5% - to try to stem the rouble's fall.
Ross Barkley's strike helps Everton move into the top half of the Premier League with victory over Queens Park Rangers.
A city fund manager who lost his job after being caught fare-dodging has now been banned from working in the financial services industry, as Gareth Furby reports
Former player and assistant coach Phil Neville says Manchester United are now genuine title contenders.
Government plans to make firefighters in England work until they are 60 and to increase their pension contributions are backed by MPs.
Mahela Jayawardene will play a last international in Sri Lanka in Tuesday's seventh and final one-dayer against England.
Manchester Utd's Ander Herrera and Swansea's Jefferson Montero are among 41 people named in a Spanish match-fixing investigation.
A suspected gunman is on the run after six people were shot dead and three wounded in the US state of Pennsylvania, police say.
A holographic projection of Father Christmas has been drawing crowds to a Derby home
Five police officers who wanted anonymity at an inquest into a man shot with a Taser will be named unless they win an appeal, a coroner rules.
UKIP has secured a share of more than £1.5m in EU funding normally set aside for parties promoting integration, Newsnight learns.
With more and more people turning to the internet to do their Christmas shopping, there is huge pressure on retailers to ensure gifts are delivered in time.