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MLAs should hire staff 'on merit'

Wed, 2014-12-10 21:16
MLAs at Stormont should employ staff on the "basis of merit", according to the independent body which sets their pay and expenses.

LTA to cut funding to aspiring stars

Wed, 2014-12-10 21:01
Funding for up-and-coming British tennis players will be severely cut in a bid to develop more top-100 players.

Google to shut Spanish news service

Wed, 2014-12-10 20:32
Online search giant Google is shutting down its Google News service in Spain before a new intellectual property law is introduced.

Suicide bomber kills Afghan soldiers

Wed, 2014-12-10 20:11
At least six Afghan soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, police and officials say.

Law targets online child abusers

Wed, 2014-12-10 19:37
A new offence is to be created to stop paedophiles soliciting explicit photos from children via mobile phones or the internet, the prime minister says.

Tribute concert for murdered teacher

Wed, 2014-12-10 19:26
A concert in memory of Ann Maguire, the school teacher who was fatally stabbed in her classroom, is to be held later.

PCCs to take over police complaints

Wed, 2014-12-10 18:11
Police forces in England and Wales could be stripped of their power to deal with complaints made against officers under new plans from the home secretary.

US House backs Venezuela sanctions

Wed, 2014-12-10 18:04
The United States House of Representatives passes a bill that will impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials who violate protesters' rights.

Water woes in Lima: A glimpse of our future?

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:20
Would you pay 10% of your income for a daily barrel of water to cook, clean and drink?

Is IS on an inevitable path to destruction?

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:18
We must fully understand the IS phenomenon before we can begin to tackle it successfully, says Mark Mardell.

Should we use reindeer at Christmas?

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:10
Is Christmas cruel to reindeer involved in displays?

Music video fuels natural hair debate online

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:10
Comedian sparks 'natural' look debate online

Meet Afghanistan's 'Bruce Lee'

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:05
Bruce Lee lookalike finds internet fame

Mental health job scheme 'damaging'

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:56
Unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from welfare-to-work schemes to specialist programmes, according to the charity Mind.

Warning over new tax body delays

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:55
Scotland's new tax collection agency is criticised by auditors over delays in recruiting staff and developing computer systems.

'No co-operation' with trams inquiry

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:52
The man leading the public inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco tells BBC Scotland key figures refused "point blank" to co-operate.

VIDEO: Will Japan vote for more Abenomics?

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:37
Japanese voters go to the polls this weekend, where they are widely expected to re-elect current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Investec sorry for 'I can't breathe'

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:33
South African bank Investec apologises after the headline "I can't breathe" on a research note causes an uproar on social media.

Asian shares fall on oil price slump

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:32
Asian shares fall again Thursday as falling oil prices continued to fuel global growth fears.

HK police set to clear protest site

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:29
Police in Hong Kong prepare to move in on student protesters who have blocked roads in the city centre for more than two months.

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