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Could super-councils be the next stage in the devolution of power from Whitehall, asks Prof Tony Travers?
Joan Bakewell on Prunella Scales and the battle against dementia
A holographic projection of Father Christmas has been drawing crowds to a Derby home
At least one hostage is reported dead along with an Islamist gunman, after commandos storm a cafe held under siege for 16 hours in Sydney.
Telecoms giant BT is in exclusive talks to buy EE - Britain's largest mobile network group - for £12.5bn.
A London banker who regularly travelled to work without buying a train ticket is banned from working in the financial services industry.
Reading sack manager Nigel Adkins after 20 months in charge of the Championship club.
Up to 10,000 passengers at Heathrow alone were affected by an air traffic control computer failure, the transport secretary confirms.
Two former Northern Ireland Secretaries of State express concern about the prime minister's handling of last week's political talks in Belfast.
Eleven dogs from a hunt pack are rescued after becoming trapped in a gorge near Aberystwyth.
The BBC's Chris Mason has been to Basildon to find out what the public think about Kerry Smith's remarks
TV and radio correspondent Allan Little, who covered the first Gulf War and the Rwandan genocide, is to leave the BBC at the end of December.
Theresa May says she did not seek the redaction of information from a report about the CIA's alleged use of torture.
The families of nine of the 26 people killed in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against a rifle manufacturer.
Two men who faced health and safety charges over the death of a factory worker in an industrial oven have their case dropped.
Rangers and shareholder Mike Ashley are accused of breaching SFA rules over dual ownership.
Liberia begins treating Ebola patients with serum therapy - a treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors.
A nurse who was convicted of being a serial killer could be the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Rory McIlroy is named BBC NI's Sport Personality of 2014 after a year which saw him win both the Open and US PGA title.