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Government considered Sinn Féin ban

Fri, 2013-12-27 01:07
Previously confidential state files from the early 1980s show that the government considered banning Sinn Féin when electoral support for the party started to grow.

Ashes catch-up: England draw blood

Fri, 2013-12-27 01:02
Catch up on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne as England mount a stunning fightback with the ball

Body found in missing man search

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:27
A body is found on a beach in Fife during the search for a missing 85-year-old man.

VIDEO: Norway's 'Slow TV' attracts viewers

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25
Pioneered in Norway, so-called Slow TV has featured an eight-hour knitting epic and a six-day ferry journey through the fjords.

VIDEO: Snowboarding 'slopestyle' medal hope

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:16
Professional snowboarder Jenny Jones is one of Britain's main hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics in February.

Ukraine activist beating: Three held

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:13
Police in Ukraine arrest three suspects over the severe beating of an anti-government activist and journalist, Tetyana Chornovol.

VIDEO: Wildlife 'thrived' in hot summer

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:11
The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.

Japan agrees Okinawa US airbase move

Fri, 2013-12-27 00:10
The government of Japan's Okinawa prefecture approves the relocation of a US military airbase, ending years of deadlock, officials say.

VIDEO: Brewers seek UN heritage status

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:58
Germany has been known for its beer culture for centuries, but now some of the country's top brewers want their five-century-old purity law to be given world heritage status by the United Nations' cultural agency.

10 reasons to remember 2013

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:53
BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter looks back at a year of "huge significance" for the sport

VIDEO: Is Paris prepared if Seine floods?

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:43
In 1910 the river Seine in Paris rose eight metres above its normal level. Experts are now predicting that if a similar flood happened today, half a million homes could be lost and hundreds of thousands made homeless.

VIDEO: How to make a viral spaceman

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:33
The secret to making viral videos - from a man who knows

Children died in India relief camps

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:25
At least 34 children die in camps set up for thousands who fled their homes in the Hindu-Muslim clashes in the north Indian town of Muzaffarnagar, an official report says.

England fight back in Melbourne

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:19
England's bowlers reduce Australia to 164-9, still 91 runs behind, on a dramatic second day of the fourth Ashes Test.

Japan close to escaping deflation

Thu, 2013-12-26 23:01
Japanese consumer prices rise at the fastest pace in five years, showing government policies to end its deflation problem may be taking effect.

Two hurt in explosion at flats

Thu, 2013-12-26 22:46
A man and woman were taken to hospital on Boxing Day after a gas explosion in a flat in Inverclyde.

Sales 'frenzy' and footballing Prince - the papers

Thu, 2013-12-26 22:27
Several papers focus on the scrambles at the Boxing Day sales, while the press has fun with photographs of Princes Harry and William playing football.

VIDEO: On board chemical weapons removal ship

Thu, 2013-12-26 21:54
Representatives from Russia, the United States, Syria and the UN are meeting in Moscow on Friday to work out how to safely remove Syria's chemical stockpile.

Thailand bus plunges into ravine

Thu, 2013-12-26 21:45
A bus in Thailand crashes off a high bridge in the country's north, killing at least 29 people on board, police say.

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