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US unemployment rate falls to a five year low of 7% in November, according to the US Labor Department.
UK energy supplier E.On announces average dual fuel bill increase of 3.7% from January 2014
The Environment Agency urges people to "remain vigilant" after a tidal surge hit the east coast of Britain.
A special ceremony for people whose lives have been influenced by Nelson Mandela is to be held at Westminster, sources say, as David Cameron signs a book of condolences.
MOTD's Gary Lineker takes a look at the eight seeded teams England could face in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.
Chancellor George Osborne rejects claims the UK's economic recovery is based solely on a boom in consumer spending and house prices.
Think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increased growth announced in the Autumn Statement is just expected growth arriving early.
Modern technology is too reliant on rare materials whose scarcity could drastically set back innovation, a report warns.
Rhyl residents are rehoused after properties were flooded when streets were inundated with sea water caused by a storm surge.
Nelson Mandela's journey in video and pictures
Seven homes are destroyed in Norfolk as the largest tidal surge in 60 years batters the east coast of England.
Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar, abducted by the CIA in Italy in 2003, is given a six-year jail term in absentia in Milan for terror offences.
A County Londonderry man is jailed for at least 20 years for the murder of his former partner's sister in what a judge called an "act of extraordinary wickedness".
Nelson Mandela was often seen with stars from the world of entertainment and sport.
Bristol Academy boss Mark Sampson is appointed new England women head coach by the Football Association.
House prices rose by 1.1% in November compared with the previous month and were up 7.7% from a year earlier, the Halifax says.
Michael Clarke's latest Ashes ton underlines his status as the world's best, says Australia team-mate Brad Haddin.
Researchers find direct evidence that female lemon sharks go back to their own birthplace to reproduce.
The Queen says she is "deeply saddened" to learn of Nelson Mandela's death and his legacy is a peaceful South Africa.
Though at first muted in his approach to HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela became a dedicated advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease.