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  1. Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

    Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
  2. US mulls putting NK on terror list

    The US is considering putting North Korea back on the list of terrorism sponsors, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
  3. Photographer Jane Bown dies aged 89

    Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.
  4. Elton John and David Furnish marry

    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.
  5. May 'could disband child abuse panel'

    The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.
  6. Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS

    Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.
  7. Obama condemns killings of NY police

    President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.
  8. More help for ex-forces inmates

    Ex-services personnel who are sent to prison in England and Wales will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the government says.
  9. Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate

    Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.
  10. Strictly final draws 11.5m viewers

    A total of 11.5 million people watch as TV presenter Caroline Flack wins this year's series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
  11. Grieving mum's distress at burglary

    A grieving County Down mother speaks of her distress at her house being burgled, just days after the burial of her daughter.
  12. May targets student visa 'abuse'

    Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.
  13. Hartlepool rule out signing Evans

    League Two club Hartlepool rule out the signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans, who was released in October.
  14. VIDEO: What is the winter solstice?

    In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.
  15. VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

    The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
  16. VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
  17. VIDEO: When Freeman met Martin Luther King

    John Freeman was best known for his direct interview style and spoke with Martin Luther King about an assassination attempt that left him fighting for his life.
  18. VIDEO: Cyclist survives fall under lorry

    A cyclist in China avoids serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction.
  19. VIDEO: Gay Asian support group created

    A support group is set up in memory of Dr Naz Mahmood - an Asian doctor who took his own life days after telling his family he was gay.
  20. VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'

    Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.
  21. VIDEO: A tour through Crossrail's tunnels

    With just four years until Crossrail is due to open, Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott was given access to the new tunnels beneath London to see how work was getting on.
  22. Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

    Foreign investors are keen to do deals with Turkmenistan but a climate of fear silences dissent, writes the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Ashgabat.
  23. VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?

    Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz
  24. Whips primed for election aftermath

    It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.
  25. Xi Jinping and his China Dream

    As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
  26. VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs

    The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.
  27. VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar

    The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
  28. What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?

    With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
  29. Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence?

    Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
  30. Father Christmases invade pitch

    Twelve people dressed as Father Christmas invade the pitch during a football match between Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth.
  31. VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

    The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.
  32. Dundee United 2-1 Celtic

    Dundee United beat Celtic to go second in the Premiership and move to within four points of the league leaders.
  33. Wasps 48-16 London Irish

    Andy Goode scores 33 points as Wasps beat London Irish in their first match at their new home, Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
  34. Newcastle United 0-1 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson scores in the 90th minute to give Sunderland their fourth successive win over Newcastle in the North East derby.
  35. VIDEO: Advent calendar: Europe's Ryder Cup

    The moment Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson secures the point that retains the Ryder Cup for Europe at Gleneagles.
  36. Pietersen exclusion is 'ludicrous'

    Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.
  37. North Sea oil summit announced

    Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry.
  38. Booking.com fraud network revealed

    Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.
  39. Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

    Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.
  40. Migration system 'in intensive care'

    A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.
  41. First UK reservists join Ebola fight

    The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.
  42. Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'

    Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
  43. Record 500,000 started university

    Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
  44. Statistics watchdog ticks off Morgan

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is criticised by the UK Statistics Authority over her use of statistics.
  45. Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager

    The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
  46. N Korea proposes joint Sony probe

    North Korea proposes a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.
  47. Antarctic science archive unlocked

    Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  48. LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

    Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
  49. Sony 'will not drop' N Korea film

    Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.
  50. Madonna releases songs after leak

    The singer surprises fans by releasing six tracks from her new album early after songs were leaked online.
  51. What are the chances of snow at Christmas?

    In the UK there's a greater chance of snow at Easter than at Christmas.
  52. Go Figure: The week in numbers

    The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.
  53. Murder probe after gorge fall death

    A man is arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man who fell off the Avon Gorge in Bristol.
  54. Second arrest over off-duty PC death

    A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
  55. Relatives mark Lockerbie anniversary

    Relatives of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing are to attend a memorial service in Washington to mark the 26th anniversary.
  56. Murder probe after death of man

    A murder investigation is under way after a man found with serious injuries in a street in Glasgow's southside died in hospital.
  57. Man critical after being hit by car

    A 34-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a road traffic accident in Moira, County Down.
  58. Man charged over PSNI car collision

    A 39-year-old man is charged with a number of driving offences following a road crash which injured two police officers in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
  59. Crews bring major fire under control

    Fire crews bring a large blaze at a factory on Swansea enterprise zone under control.
  60. Urgent inquiry into Clydach murders

    An urgent inquiry into the murders of Mandy Power, her daughters, and mother is launched after new evidence is uncovered by the lawyers of convicted killer David Morris.
  61. Tunisia holds landmark election

    Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.
  62. Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll

    Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.
  63. Pakistan carries out more executions

    Pakistan hangs four convicts in the second set of executions since the death penalty was reinstated after the deadly Peshawar school massacre.
  64. Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.
  65. Russians 'will not cave in' to West

    Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
  66. Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

    Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
  67. Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

    Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.
  68. Colombia Farc truce follows killings

    Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.
  69. Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

    Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.
  70. Israel launches Gaza air strike

    Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.
  71. Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

    Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
  72. Muhammad Ali ill with pneumonia

    Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.
  73. Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

    News photo from around the world
  74. Picture power: Doused with milk

    Treated for the effects of pepper spray
  75. Day in pictures: 18 December 2014

    Images from around the world: 18 December
  76. Your pictures of the year 2014

    A selection of the best readers' photos
  77. In pictures: US-Cuban relations

    Story of Cuba's relationship with the US
  78. Picture power: Under the dress

    Actress America Ferrera red-faced
  79. In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath

    Families have begun burying their dead
  80. Picture power: A scar on the landscape

    Brazil's worst drought in 80 years
  81. VIDEO: Transport Committee

    MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
  82. VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage

    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony.
  83. VIDEO: Tunisia voters proud to cast ballots

    Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.
  84. VIDEO: More support for ex-forces prisoners

    Former members of the armed forces who are sent to prison will be given more support, the Ministry of Justice says.
  85. VIDEO: Strictly 2014 winner is crowned

    Presenter Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev are crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2014.
  86. VIDEO: Pakistan 'in mourning and on edge'

    Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.
  87. VIDEO: Barzani praises forces on Sinjar

    The Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani has praised Peshmerga fighters on a visit to Mount Sinjar, which has been retaken from Islamic State militants.
  88. VIDEO: Castro delivers defiant speech

    The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.
  89. VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

    A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.
  90. The family with 34 children - and counting

    The family with 34 children - and they're adding two more
  91. Tube's lost property treasure trove

    The strange things passengers leave on the Tube
  92. How German Christmas markets came to the UK

    How German markets captured the UK's imagination
  93. Why do mornings get darker after 21 December?

    Why mornings will keep getting darker after 21 December
  94. Voices of grief and determination

    Grief and determination after Taliban school massacre
  95. VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill

    Safe surgery with a DIY essential
  96. Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

    The best reads you need to catch up on
  97. 10 things we didn't know last week

    The NSA had a staff 'Clown Club' and more nuggets from the news
  98. What Cuba's new friendship with the US means for everyday life

    What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life

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