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Man critical after takeaway attack

1 hour 29 min ago
A man is left critically injured after he was attacked in a takeaway in Portrush, County Antrim.

Swiss interest rate to turn negative

1 hour 35 min ago
Switzerland's National Bank has brought in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.

Badger cull fails to meet target

1 hour 39 min ago
Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday

1 hour 41 min ago
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

VIDEO: 'Three boys died before my eyes'

1 hour 41 min ago
A survivor of the Pakistan school attack, Aqif Azeem, describes what happened when gunmen stormed the school.

Kenya protests halt parliament debate

1 hour 42 min ago
Kenya's parliament is forced to adjourn after angry opposition MPs disrupt government plans to push through a tough new security bill.

VIDEO: Why energy use is falling in the UK

1 hour 44 min ago
The amount of energy people are using in the UK is falling steadily even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.

Jack and Emily are top baby names

1 hour 46 min ago
Jack and Emily revealed as the most popular first names for babies whose births were registered in Scotland in 2014.

Newcastle consider emergency keeper

1 hour 48 min ago
Newcastle want to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan ahead of Sunday's derby against Sunderland, says boss Alan Pardew.

Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops'

1 hour 48 min ago
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.

Non-EU relatives 'do not need visa'

1 hour 49 min ago
The UK cannot block non-EU family members coming to the county from Europe without a travel permit, European judges say.

Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens'

1 hour 57 min ago
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.

Putin insists rouble will stabilise

2 hours 26 sec ago
President Vladimir Putin insists Russia's under-fire currency will stabilise, but warns the country's economic crisis could last two years.

Mortgage lending dip 'continues'

2 hours 9 min ago
UK mortgage lending in November returned to the level seen a year earlier, lenders say, offering more evidence of a post-summer slowdown.

US boy's 1944 conviction overturned

2 hours 11 min ago
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.

Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough

2 hours 13 min ago
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained

2 hours 15 min ago
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU

2 hours 22 min ago
Obesity can constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Dismay at Sony film cancellation

2 hours 35 min ago
Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.

'Ice pancakes' found on River Dee

2 hours 40 min ago
Dozens of "ice pancakes" the size of dinner plates are found floating on a stretch of the River Dee in Scotland.