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Ben Haenow is heading for Christmas number one as he increases his lead in the midweek charts, just three days after winning the X Factor.
Is it legal to park at a right angle to the kerb?
A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat is convicted of murder.
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
The surprising calm emerging from the rouble crisis
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.
Glitter from Christmas cards is threatening to clog up the Royal Mail's sorting machines on the busiest postal day of the year.
Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
A retired telephone engineer says he has given some festive cheer to shoppers in Norfolk after adding a giant Santa hat to his bright red vintage bubble car.
A north Wales man breaches a court-imposed curfew by going to his front door to collect his shopping.
How legal worries are impacting decisions on the battlefield
Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
Wage growth picked up in the three months to October and outstripped the rise in the cost of living, while unemployment fell again, official figures show.
The Church of England's first female bishop, Reverend Libby Lane, says she has been "blessed" to be given the role.
David Cameron claims he is getting into the Christmas spirit, waving a leaked internal Labour document on immigration
Ed Miliband and David Cameron trade blows over the economy in the last Prime Minister's Questions of 2014.
The BBC is one of the first broadcasters to go inside a school in Pakistan attacked by the Taliban on Tuesday leaving many children dead.
How significant is today's confirmation that earnings are at last rising faster than inflation?
A European Union court annuls the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist groups, but temporarily maintains a funding freeze.